San Jose, CA--July 22, 1996--Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced ATM inverse multiplexing products, which will lower the cost and simplify the operation of broadband networks.
The inverse multiplexing for ATM products provide Internet access at speeds between T1/E1 (1.544/2.048 Mbps) and T3/E3 (45/34 Mbps). They enable Internet service providers, carriers, and corporations to build redundant and flexible broadband networks by exploiting new ATM networking techniques that allow high-speed connections to be dynamically established between switches at speeds ranging from 1.5 Mbps to 16 Mbps.
The new IMA products are available immediately for the StrataCom BPX/AXIS wide area ATM switch. The first IMA modules have been shipped to LDDS WorldCom.
The IMA modules will initially support an interim specification for ATM inverse multiplexing that was developed by StrataCom Inc., which is now part of Cisco. To protect customers' investments, a free software upgrade will be provided once a final IMA standard is available from the ATM Forum.
The interim IMA specification has been made available at no cost to CPE suppliers, including ADC Kentrox, OnStream Networks, and N.E.T. In addition, StrataCom worked closely with ADC Kentrox, providing design details to ensure timely availability of CPE and interoperability of the pre-standard release.
The IMA modules will initially support trunk connections between StrataCom BPX switches at speeds from 1.544 Mbps to 16 Mbps and are priced at $18,000. Cisco has also developed an 8-port T1/E1 ATM UNI service module that will support ATM inverse multiplexing as a service interface on the AXIS. Pricing will begin at $24,000 with the IMA capability as a $1,000 per port option.
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