The WAVE Report
Issue #0311------------------4/18/03

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0311.1 Hot Topics

0311.2 Story of the Issue

0311.3 3D

0311.4 Wireless

0311.5 Semiconductors

0311.6 Powerline Communications


0311.1 Hot Topics

***Ambient Signs PLC License Agreement with Chilean Utility (April 15)

Ambient Corporation, a developer of powerline communications
technology (PLC), announced today that Compania Americana de
Multiservicios Ltda., (CAM), subsidiary of Enersis, a Chile-based
provider of electrical power, will evaluate Ambient's PLC
technology. Enersis has subsidiaries is Argentina, Colombia,
Peru, and Brazil, and services more than 10 million customers.
CAM is 100 percent owned by Enersis S.A., which is itself 65
percent owned by Endesa, the largest utility in Spain.

Under terms of the deal, Ambient will provide CAM the couplers
necessary for the utility to convert a portion of Enersis
overhead power distribution network into a broadband data
pipeline. The agreement provides for joint installation and
testing of Ambient's products on Enersis medium and low voltage

The two companies will conduct a trial deployment in Santiago,
Chile. In a first short stage, the trial will focus on pure data
transmission through a 12 kV medium tension network, in order to
test a possible future deployment of part of a telecommunications
backbone using Ambient's technology. A second stage will involve
a substation that ties into the fiber-optic data stream, and will
distribute data on a 12 kV circuit serving about 180 homes, small
business and stores. Installation will begin later this month and
is expected to be completed during the month of May. The
evaluation will last throughout 2003, and the deal will generate
fee income for Ambient this quarter.

CAM has been operating a PLC trial in Santiago since March 2002,
in which a group of volunteers has had broadband Internet access
and voice over IP service, in a commercial neighborhood. This
trial is being performed by CAM on the power distribution grid
operated by Chilectra, an electric utility 98% owned by Enersis.
CAM stated that Internet access service quality in this trial has
had a 98% "good or excellent" evaluation, according to customer
surveys, and data transmission rates reach up to symmetric
up/down 10 Mbps to the final customers. CAM believes this trial
demonstrates that PLC deployment in Chilectra's power
distribution grid is both technically and commercially viable.
Final decision to start the commercial rollout of PLC in Santiago
during this year is expected soon.

This deal for Ambient builds on similar announcements with
Southern Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company,
and Consolidated Edison Company of New York.

***Handspring and Orange SA Partner to Develop Smartphones
(April 16)

Handspring, a devloper of personal communications products, and
Orange SA said today they have signed an agreement to work
together in the development of future smartphones for Orange
wireless customers throughout Europe.

The companies are working together to develop business and
personal smartphone solutions that will tie into Orange back-end
network systems. Handspring and Orange plan to leverage their
respective experience in mobile user interface design and
wireless service offerings to bring new smartphone solutions to
the European market.

***BFG Technologies Ships Asylum GeForce FX 5600 and 5200 GPU
(April 17)

BFG Technologies, Inc., a supplier of 3D graphics cards for PCs,
announced today that it has begun shipping Asylum graphics cards
based on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 and 5200 GPUs to nationwide
retailers and system builders.

The latest additions to the Asylum GeForce FX family of advanced
3D graphics cards include:

Asylum GeForce FX 5600 256MB
The Asylum GeForce FX 5600 is a 256MB mainstream graphics card.
Designed for the gamer and multimedia enthusiast, the card
features VGA, DVI, Video-In / Video-Out connectors, Ulead
VideoStudo 6 SE editing software and NVIDIA NVDVD 2.0 for
multimedia flexibility. The Asylum GeForce FX 5600 also offers
the GeForce FX feature set, including Intellisample 2.0. MSRP

Asylum GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
The Asylum GeForce FX 5200 Ultra features CineFX shading
architecture, Digital Vibrance Control 3.0, a DirectX 9.0-class
GPU, and NVIDIA NView multi-display technology. MSRP $199.99,
with a $20 everyday rebate to bring the price to $179.99.

Asylum GeForce FX 5200
Featuring a DirectX 9.0-class GPU, NVIDIA NView multi-display
technology, CineFX shading architecture and Digital Vibrance
Control 3.0, the Asylum GeForce FX 5200 is intended to deliver
performance for the value segment. MSRP $99.99

BFG Tech's ASYLUM brand 3D graphics cards are available in the
U.S. at Best Buy, CompUSA, Wal-Mart, Fry's Electronics and within
Alienware gaming systems.

0311.2 Story of the Issue

***Newbury Networks Announces Location-Based WLAN Monitoring and
Security Solution
(April 15)

Newbury Networks Inc., a supplier of 802.11-based Location-
Enabled Network solutions (LENs), today announced the WiFi
Watchdog Standard Edition packaged software solution for securing
enterprise networks, both wired and wireless, against wireless
intruders. Newbury's products provide capabilities for managing
WLANs by location. Its server-based approach enables content and
network provisioning, tracking, monitoring, logging and analysis.

WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition includes documentation and
Newbury's LocalePoints -- WiFi monitoring devices (access points)
for passively detecting all 802.11b traffic regardless of
manufacturer or channel. For larger enterprise deployments,
Newbury offers its traditional WiFi Watchdog specialized

WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition is a non-intrusive, server-based
application that works with any standard wireless LAN (WLAN)
implementation to detect the location of all 802.11b traffic
within range of the network, identifying authorized or
unauthorized devices and rogue access points, and then alerting
IT personnel of these potential intruder actions. It also
integrates with Newbury Networks' LocaleServer platform and
LocalePoint appliances for deployment planning.

WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition is intended to address possible
network security breaches in today's enterprise settings:

-- Rogue Access Points -- off-the-shelf access points connected
to an open port on the wired network.
-- Ad-Hoc Mode -- while ad hoc mode on a laptop is useful for
spontaneously creating a WLAN in a peer-to-peer environment, it
can open a gateway to data on a user's laptop and the network to
which the laptop is connected.
-- Connection Hijacking -- a hijacker can connect an access point
to his laptop with DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) bridging
but with no WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) turned on.
-- Man-In-The-Middle Attacks -- Intruders can force an authorized
user's 802.11 signal to re-associate with a rogue access point
and expose sensitive user names, passwords and even network data.
-- Neighborhood Nuisance -- when a laptop is connected to a wired
network but the wireless card on that laptop also automatically
connects to an access point from a neighboring business, an
intruder could bridge a connection between the laptop and the
adjacent network through system utilities in some operating

WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition's key features include the

-- Live Monitoring -- WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition is equipped
with real time monitoring so network administrators can visualize
user or device traffic. This provides security capabilities by
first pinpointing users' physical locations to facilitate
granting or denying access based on their profiles.
-- Intrusion Detection System -- Whenever a device or user is
identified in a WLAN environment, the solution immediately
determines if it's an unknown. If an intruder is flagged, it
triggers an alert containing the location, device information and
user profile to the network or system administrator.
-- Rogue Access Point and Ad Hoc Mode Detection -- Using
identification patterns similar to the Intrusion Detection
System, WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition helps IT professionals
locate rogue access points, or systems in ad hoc mode.
-- Path and Pattern Reporting -- WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition
includes reporting and analysis tools to identify patterns, and
highlight unsecured areas, strangers or undesirable guests, all
by location.

WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition is available immediately and is
priced at $9,995. The package includes a WiFi Watchdog User's
Guide, 4 LocalePoints and the WiFi Watchdog Standard Edition

0311.3 3D

***Demicron Annouces WireFusion for Mac OS X
(April 16)

Today the Swedish software developer Demicron announced its web
graphics tool WireFusion is available for the first time for Mac
OS X. Demicron, a developer of interactive Java-based Web3D
solutions, is now shipping WireFusion 3.2 for OS X, which
previously has been available for Windows and Linux only.

The WireFusion OS X version, which uses the latest Java Virtual
Machine (1.4.1), recently released for OS X, can be extended with
different WireFusion add-ons. Available add-ons extend WireFusion
with; real-time web3D capabilities (WF-3D); interactive zoom (WF-
Zoom) and slide show (WF-SlideShow) web presentations; and
streaming web video (WF-Video) and audio (WF-MP3).

Homepage visitors can view presentations created with WireFusion
in all cross-platform Java 1.1 enabled browsers. This means that
no extra downloads or frequent updates are needed for viewing
WireFusion 2D/3D/Video presentations on the Internet. The small
presentations made with WireFusion have also been verified to
work on handheld computers such as HP iPAQ running the Jeode JVM
from Insignia.

WireFusion and all the add-ons are available immediately as
downloadable trials from the Demicron web site. The price for
WireFusion Professional is $399 US; WF-3D costs $299 US; WF-
SlideShow costs $49 US, WF-Zoom costs $49 US, and WF-Video and
WF-MP3 are freeware.

Demicron develops Java software solutions for Web graphics.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company distributes its
products via the Internet to more than 40 countries around the
world, with customers including Intel, HP/Compaq, Pioneer, Omega
and Swatch.

***Stereographics Announces 2 New Stereo3D Monitors, Player (April 15)

StereoGraphics Corporation, a supplier of Stereo3D visualization
products, today launched two new SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D
monitors, the 182 and 222, as well as the SynthaGram Player.
StereoGraphics now has four SynthaGram monitors meeting a range
of potential applications for 3D. The SynthaGram Player has the
ability to run movies and slide shows.

The SynthaGram offers Stereo3D visualization with wide viewing
angles and does not require special eyewear. The SynthaGram uses
lenticular technology rather than raster barriers. StereoGraphic
claims that the lenticular approach creates images that are
brighter, without surface reflections and distracting pattern

According to StereoGraphics, the SynthaGram is ideal for public
display settings. Applications include in store retail displays,
arcades, gaming, corporate lobbies, boardrooms, tradeshow booths
and kiosks, automotive dealerships, museums, and theme parks.

StereoGraphics now has four SynthaGram models available, each
with possible applications:

SynthaGram 422 - the largest plasma display at 42", for public
space displays and presentations such as corporate lobbies, theme
parks or retail, where it is necessary to catch the attention of
a large audience.

SynthaGram 222 - a very high resolution 3D LCD monitor, at 3840 x
2400. This monitor offers 3D images for users in scientific and
medical fields, and wherever the clarity of images is critical.
Stereographics claims it approaches photographic quality and is
equivalent to viewing images with CrystalEyes, the standard of
stereo viewing in molecular modeling, aerial mapping, and
industrial virtual reality.

SynthaGram 202 - the mid-range monitor, with resolution of 1600 x
1200. It can be used for both desktop and countertop displays
such as retail point of purchase or tradeshow booths.

SynthaGram 182 - with a resolution of 1280 x 1024, it is designed
for desktop displays and special applications such as arcades and

Content Creation and Playback - The SynthaGram comes with a
content creation toolkit, a compatible graphics card, 3D Studio
Max/VIZ and Maya (Q2 2003) plug-ins, and the SynthaGram Player.
With the addition of the SynthaGram Player to the product line,
the technology infrastructure is now in place to develop and
playback photographic, movie, video and computer generated 3D
content on the SynthaGram monitor. The SynthaGram Player works
with SynthaGram plug-ins and allows content to be played on any
SynthaGram Monitor.

All four models of the SynthaGram Monitor are currently
available. The SynthaGram Player is included with every
SynthaGram monitor. SynthaGram suggested retail prices range from
US $4,495 for the 182 to US $17,995 for the 222.

The SynthaGram 182 has a special limited-time introductory price
of only US $2,995. This offer is good until June 30th, 2003.

0311.4 Wireless

***iPass Surpasses 1000 Active Wi-Fi Hotspots
(April 7)

iPass Inc. announced today that the company has surpassed the
1000 active Wi-Fi hotspot mark just a year after it launched its
Global Broadband Roaming (GBR) service. iPass now offers
connectivity at more than 1000 "Enterprise Ready" Wi-Fi hotspots
from 11 different network providers in 10 countries plus the
United States Virgin Islands.

iPass is focused on building out its GBR service at locations
frequented by business travelers and mobile employees. The more
than 1000 active hotspots in iPass' service include:

-- 16 major airports, including the Narita international airport
(NRT) in Tokyo, Japan; Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) in
Singapore; LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York, N.Y.; Dallas Fort
Worth International (DFW) in Dallas, Tex.; Minneapolis/St. Paul
International Airport (MSP) in Minneapolis, Minn.; Copenhagen
airport (CPH) in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Barajas international
airport (MAD) in Madrid, Spain.

-- More than 500 hotels including Four Seasons, Wyndham Hotels
and Resorts, Sheraton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites.

-- Hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants and Internet cafes.

Before hotspots can be integrated into the iPass global virtual
network, Wi-Fi providers must undergo testing to ensure
interoperability with virtual private networks (VPNs), personal
firewall systems and iPass policy management and enforcement
tools. Only providers that pass these tests are certified by
iPass as "Enterprise Ready" and are integrated into the iPass
virtual network.

Today iPass hotspots are available in Argentina, Australia,
Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, United
Kingdom, United States and US Virgin Islands.

iPass Inc. is a virtual network operator (VNO), iPass that offers
enterprise employees a range of Internet protocol-based
connectivity technologies, including wired and wireless broadband
service at airports, hotels and conference centers worldwide. The
iPassConnect smart client can be deployed across multiple
computing devices and operating systems within an enterprise.

***Apple Sells Over 150,000 AirPort Extreme Products
(April 15)

Apple today announced that more than 150,000 AirPort Extreme
wireless networking products were sold in the first quarter of
2003, representing nearly half of all 802.11 products the company
shipped during the quarter. AirPort Extreme is Apple's name for
their next generation of wireless networking equipment, based on
the upcoming 802.11g standard.

AirPort Extreme works with the installed base of 802.11b devices,
including public hot spots and Wi-Fi certified 802.11b Windows
solutions. With up to 50 users per base station, Apple stated
that AirPort Extreme supports many more users than typical base
stations. AirPort Extreme Base Stations offer features such as a
USB port for wireless USB printer sharing, and the ability to
bridge up to four additional AirPort Extreme Base Stations
together. Wireless printing over USB requires Mac OS X version
10.2.3 or later and a compatible printer.

Apple's new 17-inch PowerBook G4 includes the AirPort Extreme
Card, and for AirPort Extreme-enabled systems, including the 12-
inch PowerBook G4, 17-inch flat-screen iMac and new Power Mac G4
desktops, the card is available for $99 (US). Starting at $199
(US), the 802.11g AirPort Extreme Base Station operates at up to
54 Mbps -- nearly five times faster than 802.11b technology.
This speed is based on the IEEE 802.11g draft specification, and
requires an AirPort Extreme Base Station, an AirPort Extreme
Card, and an AirPort Extreme-ready computer. Apple also stated
that actual data speeds will vary based on range from the base
station, environmental conditions and other factors.

***T-Mobile to Offer Wi-Fi Access At Kinko's Locations Nationwide
(April 14)

Kinko's, Inc. and T-Mobile, USA Inc. today announced an agreement
that will give Kinko's customers Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless
broadband Internet access through the T-Mobile HotSpot service.
More than 1,000 Kinko's locations nationwide plan to offer the T-
Mobile HotSpot service, with rollout starting in the fourth
quarter of this year.

Currently available in more than 2,300 locations across the
country, the T-Mobile HotSpot service provides customers with
wireless broadband connectivity to the Internet and corporate
intranets via Wi-Fi enabled laptops and PDAs.

Through the agreement, Kinko's and T-Mobile will add a service
intended to cater to the needs of mobile professionals, a core
customer of the Kinko's network of digitally connected locations,
for presentation needs and a variety of other services.

The installation of T-Mobile HotSpots is intended to help enable
Kinko's to be more convenient for its customers. Kinko stated
that their customers will soon be able to connect to the T-Mobile
HotSpot service to access their corporate e-mail and data, as
well as have their documents and presentations printed and
prepared for them.

***Linksys Ships 802.11a+g Routers and Access Points
(April 14)

Linksys today announced the shipment of its wireless A+G router
and access point: Wireless Dual Band A+G Wireless Router
(WRT55AG) and A+G Access Point (WAP55AG). These universal dual-
band (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) multi-mode products for small business
and consumers support existing and emerging IEEE wireless
standards, including 802.11b, 802.11a, and the 802.11g draft
specification. With the Router and Access Point, Linksys is now
shipping a line of Wireless A+G products, including its Wireless
A+G PC Card and PCI Adapter announced last month.

The Wireless A+G Router and Access point perform at speeds up to
54Mbps and can simultaneously support all IEEE approved standard
802.11 modes. Linksys stated that this means that all 802.11
wireless adapters (in a notebook, desktop, PDA etc.) can
interface with the access point. Confusion is eliminated so the
customer experience is enhanced.

Linksys believes that wireless A+G products provide an ideal
solution for mobile notebook users who may encounter networks
using 802.11a access points or routers, then move to another
environment that may be using an 802.11b or draft 802.11g access
point. The A+G adapters allow for those notebook users to connect
to any of these 802.11 access points or routers. A+G routers and
access points allow clients who have almost any type of 802.11
adapter card, such as a wireless PC Card or USB adapter, to
communicate with the network and access the Internet.

Linksys also stated that the Dual-Band A+G devices are also
intended to help upgrade to faster 54Mbps wireless gear without
the need for retiring current 11Mbps assets.

Product Features

Dual-Band Wireless A+G Router (WRT55AG)
-- Dual-band, tri-standard Wireless Router communicates with
802.11a, 802.11b, and draft 802.11g wireless networks
-- Built-in 4-port switch, and the router functionality shares a
high-speed Internet connection with wired and wireless computers
-- All Ethernet ports support auto MDI/MDI-X for cable sensing
-- Up to 152-bit Wireless Data Encryption (WEP), VPN pass-
through, Internet access filtering, Stateful Packet Inspection
(SPI) and NAT.
-- Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2003 software suite
-- DHCP server capability to assign IP addresses to each user or
device automatically
-- Configurable through a web browser

Dual-Band Wireless A+G Access Point (WAP55AG)
-- Dual-band, tri-standard Access Point communicates with
802.11a, 802.11b, and draft 802.11g wireless networks
-- SNMP manageability and Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS)
-- Up to 152-bit WEP encryption and wireless MAC Address
-- Built in Web user interface for configuration through a web

The Dual-Band Wireless A+G Router is available immediately
through channel partners starting at an estimated street price of
$299. The A+G Access Point carries an estimated street price of

***Extreme Networks Introduces Unified Wired/Wireless Switch and
Wireless Ports
(April 14)

Extreme Networks today announced its first products for the
Unified Access Architecture for wired and wireless networks: the
Summit 300-48, a unified wired and wireless, Layer 2/3 stackable
switch with Power over Ethernet, and the Altitude 300 wireless

Additionally, Extreme announced that it has extended the
capabilities of its ExtremeWare and EPICenter management software
to address the requirements of enterprises, including security,
scalability and manageability. They stated that the result is an
integrated LAN solution for wired and wireless applications that
can be managed from a single console.

The Summit 300-48 switch is a unified Layer 3 switching device
that supports wired and wireless applications into a single
access device. Together with the Altitude 300 wireless ports,
these products are intended to enable enterprises to deploy and
manage a unified network for both wired and wireless users.

Together, the Summit 300-48 switch and Altitude 300 Wireless
Ports provide access intrusion detection, encryption (including
AES), rogue access point detection, authentication using 802.1x
for evolving applications, and support for legacy devices using
network login and MAC address authentication and lockdown.
Because software, security settings and configuration information
is not stored on the Altitude 300 wireless port, it is rendered
inoperable once disconnected from a Summit switch port.

Networking services traditionally associated with an access point
-- including policy, management and authentication -- are
performed by the Summit switch, which configures ports using
templates, to allow different network policies to be applied
simultaneously across a group of ports. Upgrades only take place
on the Summit 300-48 switch. The Altitude 300 wireless ports
contain AccessAdapt technology, allowing ports to acquire a
personality depending on where they connect to the network and
what configurations and policies are enabled at the switch for
that port.

Campus network services such as high level redundancy protocols -
- ESRP, OSPF, and EAPS -- are available to all clients as they
access the network through an RF medium. RF medium redundancy
capability is provided to protect against failure of wireless

Mobility requirements of WLAN access are included at both an end-
user level through real-time mobility across cells, and at the
infrastructure level with radio frequency (RF) persistence. RF
persistence is supported at the infrastructure level without re-
association (of the RF) and re-authentication (network

Extreme stated that its solution provides centralized management
of all wired and wireless devices by providing management views,
with options that can be selected per device, user, action, time
or location. Policies can be defined and enforced based on user,
location, or time. The EPICenter management platform provides a
view of the network topology including wireless and wired
devices, with user and session information. "Do it yourself" LAN
access planning tools are available with an automated graphical
topology that leverage the built-in probes within the wireless

Summit 300-48 L2/L3/wireless access switch

The Summit 300-48 switch is a 48-port (plus four copper and mini-
GBIC ports) Layer 2/3 WLAN switch with an expansion slot and
redundant 600-watt power supplies. The Summit 300-48 switch
provides encryption and security services-such as AES, WES and
WPA-to the wireless ports. The Summit 300-48 works with Extreme's
Altitude 300 wireless port but can also function at a basic level
with other standards-compliant wireless access points.

Available in the third quarter of 2003, the Summit 300-48 switch
has a list price of $6,495.00 USD.

Altitude 300 Wireless Port

Altitude 300 wireless ports contain Extreme's AccessAdapt
technology, which allows them to acquire a "personality" when
connecting to the network. AccessAdapt technology receives both
software and configuration information based on the template
applied to the individual port. In addition, upgrades only take
place on the Summit switch. In terms of standards, the wireless
ports simultaneously support 802.11a/b/g and are powered over
Ethernet using the IEEE 802.3af standard.

Available in the third quarter of 2003, the Altitude 300 wireless
port has a list price of $595.00 USD.

Extreme Networks is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

0311.5 Semiconductors

***Xilinx Targets ASIC Markets with New Family of Programmable
(April 14)

Xilinx, Inc. today unveiled a new family of programmable chips
intended to propel programmable logic devices further into high-
volume, low-cost applications traditionally served by custom
chips with fixed architectures. With the new Spartan-3 family,
Xilinx is leveraging both 90nm and 300mm manufacturing
technologies to achieve density and price for field programmable
gate arrays (FPGAs).

Xilinx's investment in 90nm and 300mm chip-making process with
dual fabrication partners IBM and UMC has enabled the company to
achieve a claimed 80 percent chip-size reduction compared to
competitive products on 130nm technology. With prices starting at
under $3.50, Spartan-3 platform devices range from 50K to 5M
system gates. Spartan-3 is intended to be a low-cost family, with
pricing at under $20 for a one-million-gate FPGA, and under $100
for a four-million-gate FPGA. All pricing is in quantities of
250,000, in volume production in 2004. Xilinx has shipped
Spartan-3 devices to customers from both fabrication partners.

Engineers developing products for the electronics market have
historically used custom chips with fixed architectures such as
ASICs because of performance and cost advantages. With Spartan-3,
Xilinx believes that it has narrowed the price-performance gap
between programmable and fixed logic. Among the applications
Xilinx stated it can now address are low-cost routers, storage
servers, residential gateways, medical and industrial imaging,
video-on-demand services, and consumer entertainment. In
addition, Xilinx believes that new types of functionality and
features may develop in a wider range of end products.

The new 90nm Spartan-3 platform has been built upon the Spartan
Series products, which have been previously adopted in consumer
applications. Since its introduction in 1998, Xilinx has shipped
more than 50 million Spartan Series devices that have been
designed into products ranging from set-top-boxes and plasma
display televisions to automotive telematics.

The new Spartan-3 family consists of eight devices at prices
starting below $3.50. First customer shipments of new Spartan
XC3S50 (50K system gates for under $3.50), and XC3S1000 (1
million system gates for under $20) began last month. Additional
family members will begin shipping in the summer 2003. The entire
Spartan-3 family will be available in volume production in early
2004 from distributors worldwide, or direct from Xilinx.

***Adaptec Ships ASIC-Based IP Storage Networking Solutions
(April 14)

Adaptec, Inc., a developer of IP storage networking, today
announced the availability of ASIC-based IP storage networking
solutions built on the company's iSCSI (Internet SCSI)
technology. IP storage networking allows organizations to deploy
storage area networks (SANs) for e-mail, database, disaster
recovery, LAN-free backup, consolidation and other storage
applications by using standard Ethernet components.

The core of the Adaptec iSCSI Adapters 7211C and 7211F is an
Adaptec TCP/IP offload technology that moves processing of TCP/IP
packets out of the operating system and implements it in hardware
on the card to reduce CPU utilization and optimize system
performance. The adapters also feature interoperability and
operating system support that includes Windows 2000, Windows NT
and Redhat Linux and support for copper (7211C) and fiber (7211F)

In conjunction with Network Appliance, Adaptec has conducted beta
deployments of IP SAN solutions for a range of customers such as
Trimble, Sandia Labs and the University of Michigan. Trimble, a
provider of Global Positioning System (GPS), optical and laser
positioning technologies, has deployed an iSCSI storage network
incorporating a Network Appliance storage system and Adaptec
iSCSI adapters to support storage pooling for both engineering
and Microsoft Exchange.

IP SANs use Ethernet components to reduce initial and ongoing
costs of networked storage. The combination of Adaptec's ASIC-
based iSCSI adapters and storage systems is intended to give
midsize companies an affordable way to migrate from direct-
attached storage to network storage. Networked storage can
provide benefits including more cost-effective scalability,
storage consolidation, improved reliability and capacity
management across multiple servers and applications.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price for the ASA-7211C and ASA-
7211F are $660 and $715, respectively. The cards are now shipping
to distributors and resellers and are under evaluation by OEMs.

0311.6 Powerline Communications

***Corinex and Intellon Partner to Develop PLC Management
(April 14)

Corinex Communications Corp. and Intellon Corporation announced
today that they have signed an agreement to work together to
facilitate the development, marketing and distribution of Corinex
Open Powerline Management Software. This new product uses an open
Management Information Base (MIB) standard for powerline
communications to facilitate local and remote network management
of products containing Intellon's HomePlug 1.0.1 compatible
integrated circuits. Market introduction of the new product is
planned for the May, 2003.

Both companies expect that the resulting software product will be
of interest to HomePlug device manufacturers, as they all serve
similar markets and customer requirements. Corinex stated that
they have put an emphasis on making the software an easily
accessible product, by establishing attractive licensing models.


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