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Great Nick of NICs claims victory over the Great Satan of NICs

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3Com and Intel were yesterday fighting for the top slot in network interface cards (NICs), with both claiming victory after 3Com secured a top deal with Hewlett-Packard. 3Com said it held 55 per cent of business in this competitive market after winning a deal to provide NICs across HP's entire line of PCs. The boast was news to rival Intel, which in November was named number one in the field by research group Dell'Oro. According to the Dell'Oro report, Intel was the top provider of 10/100 Ethernet network connections for this year's third quarter with 45 per cent of the market. 3Com came a close second with 43 per cent, the report said. Fuel was added to the fire when 3Com said it expected the deal to add significant growth to last year's 50 million dollars of business done with HP. The company also reported strong growth in the NIC market was partly responsible for an upturn in sales for the second quarter ended 27 November. Figures released yesterday showed turnover up 29 per cent on the same period last year to $1.54 billion.(Story: 3Com Q2 results) An Intel spokesman said: "3Com might think it's number one through its own figures, but the independent Dell'Oro report states otherwise." The deal extended 3Com's existing agreements to supply NIC cards to certain PC product lines at HP.®

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