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Cabletron introduces new switching technology

Cabletron Systems Inc. has unveiled a new family of higher performing SmartSwitches.

The switches can interoperate with previous versions of the SmartSwitch, and they are based on an Application Specific Integrated Circuit that provides system throughput of 10 million packets per second and bandwidth of 16.5 gigabits/sec. The products announced include a 24-port Fast Ethernet module and a 16-port Fast Ethernet module for the SmartSwitch 6000, and a 24-port workgroup Fast Ethernet switch.

Cabletron also introduced SmartVoice technology, which allows existing computer networks to support voice and data communications.

The SmartVoice solution consists of a high-speed interface module that uses standards-based voice-over-Internet Protocol technology to translate voice traffic into data packets. It is available as a stand-alone product or as a module for the SmartSwitch.

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Radian, Eastman Software team

Federal integrator Radian Systems Inc. has joined forces with Eastman Software Inc. to provide applications that use Radian's Microsoft Corp. Windows NT-based image-capture software and Eastman's Microsoft Exchange-based workflow and document management products.

Radian's WorldScan software is used in scanners made by Eastman's parent company, Eastman Kodak Co. The alliance is designed to provide customers with ''end-to-end'' imaging, workflow and document management solutions, according to the companies.

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Sylvest wins NOAA BPA

Sylvest Management Systems was awarded last month a blanket purchase agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide Unix-based scientific workstations, software, peripherals and networking products.

The BPA could be worth as much as $30 million. Among the products the company plans to offer are systems from Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM Corp. and Silicon Graphics Inc. as well as networking products from Cisco Systems Inc.

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Softway taps Wang for services

Softway Systems Inc., developer of a Unix-to-Windows application porting tool, has selected Wang Global as its preferred provider of training and integration services. The agreement involves Advanced Paradigms Inc., which is a Wang Global subsidiary, and Wang Government Services Inc.

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HP cuts prices on Pentium II systems

Hewlett-Packard Co. last week reduced prices by as much as 21 percent on Pentium II-based PCs and PC workstations.

HP cut prices on its low-end Brio PCs by as much as 15 percent. For example, a Brio PC with a 300 MHz Pentium II processor costs $1,389, which includes 32M of memory, 2M of video memory and a 4G hard drive.

HP Vectra prices are falling by up to 21 percent. An HP Vectra VL with a 266 MHz Pentium II processor, 32M of memory, a 4.3G hard drive, 3-D graphics and a 24X CD-ROM drive costs $1,399.

Finally, HP Kayak PC workstations are now as much as 19 percent less expensive. An HP Kayak XW with a 333 MHz Pentium II processor, 64M of memory, a 4.5G hard drive and 3-D graphics now costs about $3,700.

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Unisys offers OpenNT on ClearPath servers

Unisys Corp. last month announced it would offer Softway Systems' OpenNT Unix-to-Windows NT application porting tool to federal users on Unisys ClearPath multiprocessing enterprise servers.

Unisys designed ClearPath, which scales up to 10 processors, as an alternative to high-end Unix as well as Unisys 2200 Series and A-Series mainframes.

The two companies also plan to work together to port message queuing software— a technology that governs how applications exchange data— from Unix and mainframe-based systems to Windows NT, according to Unisys.

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Tool suite moves mainframe code to the desktop

Micro Focus Group Ltd. earlier this month introduced a suite of products designed to make it easier to make Year 2000 fixes or otherwise maintain old mainframe applications by moving them to a desktop computer.

The Mainframe Maintenance Solution allows programmers to download mainframe-based software code and data to a PC or workstation and provides a graphical user interface, project management functions and other automated programming tools. The solution makes it possible for users to download only portions of an application so that they can make changes and recompile the code quickly.

The Mainframe Maintenance Solution supports editing, debugging and compiling code written in Cobol, System/370 Assembler, Customer Information Control System, DB2, Job Control Language, Clist and Information Management System. The suite will be available in June.

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HP introduces LaserJet 5Si replacement

Hewlett-Packard Co. last week introduced the LaserJet 8000 family of departmental printers, which is intended to replace its HP LaserJet 5Si line.

The LaserJet 8000 printers, equipped with a 133 MHz processor, provide 24-page-per-minute output and come with software that allows network administrators to install, configure, monitor and trouble-shoot the printers remotely.

The new line also features "mopy" capability, which allows users to create multiple original prints of a document without sending it to print multiple times across the network. The LaserJet 8000 provides two-sided printing and can be equipped with up to six input sources.

The LaserJet 8000 comes in three configurations: base, network or duplex. The base model comes with 16M of memory, two 500-sheet paper trays and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray; the network model adds a 10/100Base-T JetDirect network card; and the duplex model comes with 24M memory and a duplex unit. Pricing ranges from $2,350 to $3,179.

- Compiled by John Stein Monroe, Colleen O'HARA and Elana Varon.

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