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Networking start-up Woven Systems has reminded us that great ideas can come in small, cost-conscious packages. The 26-person firm has developed a 10-Gbit/s Ethernet switch that outperforms Fibre Channel, while undercutting the price of rival Ethernet hardware. Woven expects its switch, due out in the third quarter, will find a …

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Options?

"Customers not so fond of start-ups have a few options to route around Woven. You can wait for 10Gig E costs to come down. Or you can hope that Fibre Channel over IP/Ethernet standards evolve quicker than planned."

Indeed. Or, we can wait for Cisco to buy them. In about, what- June?!!?

Gary

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Really?

Harry Quackenboss?

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Fulcrum-based?

Given its a 144 port switch, it probably uses a 24-port switch ASIC. Fulcrum has a 24-port 10GE switch ASIC. Broadcom has a 20-port ASIC.

The Fulcrum ASIC is also used in Force 10's 24-port 10GE switch.

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OK. That covers the switch end of things . . .

but what happens at the server end of the ethernet cable?

I thought real 90 meter ethernet doing 10G was out of spec for PCI, and therefore there are no NICs that can do it. It's a power thing, aparently. PCI has power limitations that 10G NIC manufactures can't meet? Has this changed?

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