SDL Communications Introduces Industry First Frame Relay, T3 and 52Mbps HSSI PCI Bus WAN Adapter

Announcement Highlights:

  • Targeted for High-Speed LAN-interconnection, WAN access and Internet applications
  • Suited for High-Speed Data, Video [e.g. MPEG], Voice and Satellite applications
  • Full-Duplex to T3, FT3, E3, 52Mbps (HSSI) and STS-1
  • DOS, Windows NT and Unix Support
  • ~$3,995 OEM pricing &61664; Immediate Availability
  • SDL Communications, a market leader in high-performance WAN Subsystems, today announced the immediate availability of the industry's first 45 -- 52Mbps T3 and HSSI PCI WAN module for the OEM market. The WANic 700 adapter is explicitly targeted at enterprises that have high-speed data and video requirements, as well as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and corporations seeking high-capacity Internet or Intranet interfaces. The WANic 700 adapter can also be gainfully used for ATM or SMDS DXI applications such as interfacing Frame Relay networks to ATM. The WANic 700 is the first PCI adapter that offers support for the strategic and increasingly popular T3, E3 HSSI & DXI interfaces. With the WANic 700 SDL is providing an enticing, cost compelling, and highly flexible solution for the burgeoning demand for efficient, broadband bandwidth for Internet access and in-house Intranets. The WANic 700 is based on SDL's proven, highly successful modular mother board and daughter card design, with popular electrical [e.g. V.35] and telecom [e.g. T3] interfaces. The electrical interfaces supported include: EIA530, RS442, V.35 and HSSI. The SDL WANic 700 adapter ships with tested, reliable and highly stable drivers for DOS, Windows NT and most popular versions of UNIX. A well-defined and comprehensively documented API is also available to facilitate OEM and Systems Integration applications. The WANic 700 currently supports HDLC and Clear Channel Transparent Mode data transfer. The WANic 700 can be managed via SNMP and includes a full repertoire of diagnostic tools. "The WANic 700 is ideally positioned and very attractively priced to address what appears to be the near explosive demand for high-speed WAN interconnections – particularly for Frame Relay, Internet access and the whole emerging sphere of Intranets", said Anura Gurugé, an Independent Strategic Analyst [New Ipswich, NH], who specializes in all aspects of WAN networking. "With Windows NT now becoming the server technology of choice in most enterprises, there is a huge market for broadband WAN adapters that will enable dispersed NT servers to be seamlessly integrated into an enterprise backbone. With its T3 capability, the SDL WANic 700 as a strategic WAN solution for NT servers will be extremely enticing to both end users, systems integrators and equipment manufacturers". "BSDI is an active promoter of SDL's WAN adaptors. SDL's 56K and T-1 adaptors have enabled us to run dozens of remote sites without ever having to purchase a router," said Rob Kolstad, President of Berkeley Software Design, Inc (BSDI), a worldwide market leader in full Internet & Intranet suite software solutions. "As data volumes continue to rise, I'm sure our customers will enjoy the ability to exploit T3 data rates with their BSDI systems." About SDL Communications SDL Communications, Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced wide area network adapters for use in networking platforms and systems. Founded in 1987, SDL Communications has grown into a premier developer of wide area adapters for PCI and CompactPCI systems. The products developed by SDL Communications are designed for use in system level products by leading technology companies, system integrators, corporations and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). SDL''s customer base includes technology leaders such as IBM, Juniper Networks, Bay Networks, NetScout Systems, PairGain Technologies, Ipsilon Networks, Motorola, GE Spacenet, ITT, General Instruments and Network General. SDL's WAN adapters are typically implemented in high performance multiprotocol routers, WAN servers [e.g. Internet Access Platforms and Serve Based Remote Access Devices], WAN Test Equipment, FRADs, Wireless CPE, Satellite applications and Integrated Access Devices (IADs).