Intel, on Tuesday, unveiled a 10Gb Ethernet network-interface card and dual-mode IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN products at the Networld+Interop conference in the US. The Intel PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter uses high-speed optical fibre and is aimed at large enterprises and service-provider networks, says Sean Maloney, vice president and general manager of Intel's Communications Group. The company is dedicating its wireless development resources toward components and devices that can support multiple versions of standard 802.11 technology, Maloney adds. Wireless
Also Tuesday, Intel introduced an access point and a chip set that support both 11Mbps (bit-per-second) 802.11b and 54Mbps 802.11a wireless LANs. The growing base of 802.11b networks, and the potential of 802.11a mean users will demand dual-speed clients and access points for wireless connectivity in many locations, Maloney says. The Intel PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Band Access Point will ship in June, Maloney claims. The company also showed off its first internally developed dual-band chip set, which Intel expects will ship in devices by year's end. Gigabit Ethernet also made a leap toward the mainstream as Intel announced availability of a Gigabit Ethernet network-interface card for desktop PCs priced the same as a 10/100Mbps Ethernet adaptor, at around £40.