Quick Takes: Smaller, faster and more mobile

Among the networking industry announcements in this week's searchNetworking Quick Takes, items from: Nextel, Inciscent, Cox, Cisco, Agilent, Intersil and Marvell.

Nextel, Inciscent team to provide wireless network management

Nextel Communications and Inciscent have formed an alliance to enable information technology (IT) professionals to wirelessly manage, troubleshoot and remedy network issues when away from their desks. Companies can now leverage Inciscent IC(2) Inciscent Command & Control [IC(2)] network management software across the Nextel National Network to improve business system uptime by providing remote administration of dispersed IT resources and addressing time-sensitive network problems. By leveraging Nextel's nationwide packet data network, IT staff can use IC(2) software to remotely bring equipment online, take it offline, check the status of servers, identify network problems and perform other administrative network functions anytime.

Nextel

Inciscent

Cox creates national IP backbone with Cisco

Cisco has announced today that Cox Communications is deploying Cisco Internet routers and switches to satisfy the increasing customer demand for high-value IP services such as content delivery, and Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Cox chose several Cisco products, including interconnecting Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using the Cisco 12406 Internet Router in a backbone application and the Cisco 7609 Internet Router and Cisco Catalyst 6509 and 6513 switches to support its regional and service data centers. Cox also selected the ONS 15454 Metro Optical Transport Platform at many of these interconnection sites to enable maximum service density of voice and data services.

Cisco

Agilent introduces EoS networking chip

Agilent has introduced its new HDMP-3001 Ethernet over SONET (EoS) mapper chip. The company says its chip enables networking and telecom devices to offer both local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) ports over existing SONET/SDH networks. EoS Technology is expected to greatly reduce the cost of maintaining corporate networks that span several geographic sites. The new chip is the first solution to provide full-duplex mapping of Ethernet frames encapsulated into SONET/SDH payload using either the generic framing procedures (GFP) or the link access procedure-SDH (LAPS) protocol.

Agilent

Intersil PRISM 2.5 chip set enables Z-Com Wi-Fi certified CF card

Intersil has announced that Z-Com has integrated the PRISM 2.5 chip set into the world's first IEEE 802.11b-compliant Compact Flash Type II WLAN card to receive Wi-Fi certification from the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA). The new PRISM-based CF card supports various PDA and portable platforms and is available with Windows CE 3.0 drivers. The small CF form factor provides portable users complete mobility while maintaining connectivity to a wired network via an access point. The CF card operates in the 2.4 GHz Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) band at the IEEE 802.11b-compliant high-data-rate speed of 11 Mbps and is downward compatible with older 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps systems.

Intersil

Marvell introduces smallest Gigabit transceiver device

Marvell has unveiled what it calls the industry's smallest Gigabit over copper transceiver device, enabling, for the first time, a new Gigabit Ethernet application -- the 1000BASE-T small form factor pluggable (SFP) module. The Alaska Ultra device, the 88E1011S, features physical dimensions of 9 mm x 9 mm, or 81 mm squared of PC board (PCB) real estate, making it the only device small enough to fit into the SFP module form factor, according to the company.

Marvell

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