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Intel eases Ethernet migration

The chip giant is releasing a new advanced switching device for workgroups looking to migrate from older 10-mbps Ethernet to 100-mbps Ethernet.

Intel (INTC) has rolled out a new advanced switching device for small groups of connected workers that can ease the migration to new Ethernet technology.

The chip giant released a new switching device for workgroups looking to migrate from older 10-mbps (megabits per second) Ethernet to 100-mbps Ethernet. The new switch, dubbed the 510T, will be offered for just less than $200 per port for the 24-port box.

The device includes an auto-negotiation feature that allows each port to run at either 10-mbps or 100-mbps depending on the requirements of the end user connecting to the box. The switch will also support next-generation Gigabit Ethernet technology and is "stackable" to allow more than one switch to be connected together.

The new 510T will ship in December for a list price of $4,775. Modules for the box will also roll out about that time with prices starting at $995.

The introduction is the latest move from Intel's networking division to enter the market for small- and medium-sized businesses now dominated by the likes of 3Com and Bay Networks. Both those companies have similar boxes on the market.