Toshiba Will Market Next-Generation High-Speed Routers|
28 January, 1997
Toshiba will start marketing the new routers, CSR 5300, to public telephone companies, Internet providers, and universities and corporations in Japan from this June. They will also be marketed in the U.S. and Europe in due course.
Routers are the core switching equipment that connects multiple Internet Protocol (IP) networks, including the Internet backbone network and private local area networks. Information moved through these networks is broken down into discrete packets and then transmitted to the final destination. The role of the router is analogous to that of the post office: letters/data packets are collected, sorted and delivered to multiple addressees.
The tremendous increase of data communications on the Internet, along with the growing popularity of Intranets, requires a new communications infrastructure that assures high-speed transmission and real-time processing of vast volumes of information. The worldwide market of routers in 1996 was $5,023 million, and it is projected to grow 31% to $6,599 million in 1997.
Toshiba's CSR is based a novel approach that applies ATM switching technology to the router itself. It offers the advantages of high-speed data transmission while maintaining complete interoperability with standard ATM- switch based networks. Toshiba's approach brings new levels of performance to the ATM networks, the mainstream technology of next-generation high-speed networks.
In November 1996, Toshiba and Cisco Systems, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of routers, agreed to work together to define standards for next- generation multilayer switching technology for high-performance networks. The two companies are seeking to establish an open global standard within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
The new CSR is already poised for integration in the WIDE project, the large- scale, widely-distributed Internet network project being undertaken by one of Japan's leading Internet-project consortiums. Toshiba's CSR will be installed at the project's test sites in Japan.
Main features of Toshiba's Cell Switch Router
1) Use of a 2.5Gbps ATM switch as a high-performance packet-forwarding engine achieves 10 times faster data transmission speed than Toshiba's current routers. For applications requiring relatively short communication periods and involving smaller volumes of data, such as e-mail and simple data searches, the CSR uses the same packet transmission by software processing as conventional routers. For data-rich applications with relatively long communication periods and larger data volumes, such as use of search-engines on a WWW server or the transmissions of large files, the CSR automatically selects cut-through packet transmission mode that offer high-speed packet transmission via its ATM switch.
Specifications of the New Products (Japanese models)
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