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Networld+Interop attendees view a slew of new products this week in Atlanta, all targeted at various high-growth areas in the booming networking market.

A series of new products will greet Networld+Interop attendees this week in Atlanta, all targeted at various high-growth areas in the booming networking market.

3Com (COMS) is expected to announce a slew of new local area network switches supporting both Gigabit Ethernet and ATM (asynchronous transfer mode), according to sources. The company will leverage both technologies moving forward as Gigabit Ethernet and ATM technologies move from pilot programs to serving users in corporate networks.

ATM giant Cascade Communications (CSCC) introduced two new remote access switches today designed specifically for ISPs and telecommunications carriers. The two new products, the AX 800 and 1600, combine analog modem-based applications with digital services such as ISDN. The AX 800 starts at $27,500 and the AX 1600 starts at $32,500 and both will be available by the end of the year.

Standard Microsystems (SMSC) announced a new family of Fast Ethernet switch-ready stackable hubs called the TigerStack today. The line integrates a switch module in the hub which can provide up to four segments of switching in a Fast Ethernet network. The company is also announcing the TigerSwitch 100 which features eight Fast Ethernet ports. The hub line starts at $1,990 and is available now; the TigerSwitch costs $6,400 and will be available in November. The company is also debuting a series of Fast Ethernet Peripheral component Interconnect-based Network Interface Cards called EtherPower, with prices starting at $142 per unit.