Packet Engines readies a Gigabit Ethernet starter

Want to be the first on your block with Gigabit Ethernet bandwidth? A
kit will be on the market soon

Packet Engines Inc., which released its full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet repeater in
June, is looking for early federal users in power workgroups that want
gigabit-to-the-desktop performance.

"There are always those who buy early," said Bernard Daines, president of the
Spokane, Wash., company. "The early ones who want power will pay the price to take it
to the desktop."

Packet Engine plans to introduce a high-end Gigabit Ethernet switch late this year in
time for rollout when the expected new standard is published early in 1998.

Daines estimated it will take as much as a year for gigabit/sec Ethernet to reach
network backbones, so the company is first bringing out the repeater to let early adopters
get their feet wet.

About the Author

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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