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.