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Hughes LAN Systems announces secondgeneration Workgroup Ethernet Switch; new switch, to be demonstrated at Networld + Interop, Las Vegas, offers full line speed switching simultaneously, powerful network monitoring, at less than $400 per port.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 1995--Hughes LAN Systems today announced its second generation Workgroup Ethernet Switch, Model 1700.

It is the first product that addresses and solves the performance and management deficiencies of first generation Ethernet switches, and is available at less than $400 per port. It provides full line speed switching on up to 32 ports simultaneously and offers both 10Base-T and 100Base-T interfaces. The switch is configurable for store-and-forward or fragment-free cut-through switching, supports multiple MAC addresses per port, has integrated hardware-based port monitoring, and is available with a choice of high-speed aggregation interfaces.

Standards-based High Performance

The Hughes LAN Systems Workgroup Ethernet Switch, Model 1700, is targeted at workgroups that need expanded performance and flexibility. The base configuration is 16 10Base-T ports, of which users can configure four to be 100Base-T. An optional mezzanine module can be added to increase the total port count to 32. Four of the ports on the mezzanine module can be also be configured to support 100Base-T. The 100Base-T interfaces include: 100Base-TX, 100Base-T4, or 100Base-FX. The switch offers up to 700 Mbps data throughput, and a packet forwarding rate of 500 Kpps, and supports IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards for dedicated half-duplex or full-duplex operation at 10Base-T or 100Base-T interface speeds.

The Model 1700 can be linked to backbone LANs and Hughes LAN Systems Ethernet Hubs to support campus- and enterprise-wide networking using a 10-Base-FL or 100Base-FX fiber port. An optional aggregation port provides an interface for FDDI or ATM (OC-3c).

Sophisticated Network Management and Support

The Model 1700 offers advanced features such as filtering on source and destination addresses, 2048 learned addresses, support for port-level RMON groups, and hardware-based packet capture. The integrated monitoring capability uses a dedicated i960 processor and a 1 MB packet capture buffer, ensuring that packet switching performance is not impacted by network management overhead.

The Model 1700 is designed to participate in the Hughes LAN Systems virtual LAN architecture, which is based on the ATM LAN Emulation standard. In addition, the company will offer LAN-Emulation-server-like capabilities for non-ATM deployments.

The Model 1700 is configured with an SNMP agent and supported by the Hughes LAN Systems SNMP-based Hughes 20/20 Network Management System, which is available in Windows and UNIX versions and is based on the HP OpenView network management platform.

"The Workgroup Ethernet Switch is based on a new, proprietary architecture that enables a new generation of pricing, performance and features. We intend to propagate the technology developed for this product throughout our product line in the months to come," said Joe Kennedy, Hughes LAN Systems president.

Price and Availability

The Workgroup Ethernet Switch, Model 1700 will be available in June 1995. List price for the 16-port 10Base-T version is $7,495. The 32-port version is priced at $10,995.

Hughes LAN Systems is a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Co., a unit of GM Hughes Electronics. With more than 15 years of experience in the data communications industry, Hughes LAN Systems provides products and network integration services that enable customers to design, implement, and manage multivendor local and enterprise wide networks. Hughes LAN Systems operates sales and support offices throughout Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa, North and South America. For information call 800/395-LANS or 408/565-6000.

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