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Giant PC player Compaq-Digital has introduced a range of dual speed Ethernet switches aimed at terrifying its networking opponents, it said today. The products come from the joint venture it has with Cabletron Systems which it signed earlier this year in a bid to beef up its product offerings. Cabletron bought a chunk of Digital's networking business before Compaq bought DEC. A joint venture was only possible when CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer had set his mind on Digital. But that no longer applies… The SW3300 range is a set of high performance products aimed at the corporate enterprise, said Compaq. But Compaq has also introduced a three layer 10/100/1000 Cabletron speech which is a different type of beast altogether. The SW3322 and SW3323 are priced at £1,615 and £2,230 respectively, and the SW5450 is priced at £9,070. All three switches are covered by a three-year limited warranty and are available immediately. That has prompted speculation in the industry that Cabletron is a target of Compaq's acquisitive feeding frenzy. ® Click here for more speculation

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