Subject: Re: The future of ATM
To: Jason Thorpe <>
From: Steve M. Acheson <>
List: tech-net
Date: 10/11/1996 11:06:13
Just a couple of nits to point out...

Jason <> points out:
> In terms of really high performance LAN connectivity, Hippi-6400 is going
> to be a clear winner, and will, if the companies can keep their promises,
> be available 1Q97.  Hippi-6400 provides 6400 Mb/sec, and has solved 
> the switch/bus contention issues associated with Hippi-800.

I believe that the switches will not be avail until after 1Q98.  The 97 
timeframe was the sumac and shac chips that switch vendors will need and 
perhaps the first host interfaces from SGI.  They already have working 

> The Hippi-6400 switches will also bridge to Ethernet.

Probably misleading here, I think.  The standard for Hippi-6400 will allow the 
switches to have the capability of "bridging" between ether/fddi types of 
Probably only the Gigabit Ether will be a viable plug in (although with demand 
fddi and 100baseT might become available). It will depend on the switch 

Just thought I'd throw in my $.02

Steve Acheson                         415-604-4495
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