New Products

by Heather Mead
48-Port Network Access Card from Ariel

A 48-port version of Ariel's RS4200 high-density 56K/ISDN PCI network access two-card set is now available. The RS4200 combines T1/PRI or E1/PRI interfaces with 56K and basic rate ISDN remote access ports to build a full-featured system with remote dial-in and LAN dial-out. The 48-port card set can be field upgraded in 24-port increments to handle up to 120 ports. A Java-based remote management tool comes with the card set so that administrators can monitor an unlimited number of RS4200 ports located on the LAN or Internet. Other features include the ability to configure the T1/E1/PRI line interface and take resources out of service.

Contact: Ariel Corporation, 2540 Route 130, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512, 609-860-2900,,


RackMount-1UAXe from Rave Systems

The RackMount-1UAXe is a thin server in a 1U form factor, powered by Sun's UltraAXe motherboard. Standard features are one 33MHz/32-bit PCI slot, two front-accessible disk drives, an Ethernet 10BaseT/100BaseT port, 1GB maximum memory, on-board PCI graphics accelerator, one parallel port, one PS/2 port and four serial ports, 150-watt power supply and choice of Solaris or Linux. As an option, a third-party SCSI controller card can be configured for an increased data-transfer rate and larger disk capacity. The 1UAXe ships with a 300MHz UltraSPARC-IIi, 48x EIDE CD-ROM and Red Hat pre-installed.

Contact: Rave Computer Association, Inc., 36960 Metro Court, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312, 800-966-7283 (toll-free),

USB 4-Port Serial Adapter from Keyspan

With this Keyspan adapter, four serial devices can be connected to a single USB port. Each DB9 port allows connection to RS-232 serial devices at data rates up to 960Kbps. This USB adapter supports Linux 2.4. Geared toward enterprise and industrial markets, it is useful for laboratory, manufacturing and retail setting for POS, process control or data retrieval applications.

Contact: Keyspan, 3095 Richmond Parkway #207, Richmond, California 94806, 510-222-0131,,

USB Adapter

BlueCat Linux for Intel XScale

LynuxWorks, Inc. announced the availability of BlueCat Linux for Intel's XScale microarchitecture, their new processor core technology. XScale is designed to provide high performance, low-power consumption and reduced thermal constraints for various market segments, such as wireless handhelds and internet infrastructure applications. An evaluation copy of BlueCat will be included with Intel's shipments of the IQ80310 XScale evaluation platform. BlueCat and XScale are geared toward storage, networking and handheld internet-capable products.

Contact: LynuxWorks, Inc., 2239 Samaritan Drive, San Jose, California 95124, 408-879-3900,

TinyTERM v4.13

TinyTERM is software used to provide secure client-based access to UNIX and IBM hosts over a company's intranet. TinyTERM also provides desktop PC users with networking utilities, including printer sharing, transparent printing, file sharing and drag-and-drop file copying. Version 4.13 gives users more control over where print jobs go and how they look. Features include a form feed for direct-to-device printing, improved buffering for large print jobs, a selection box that allows the printer to choose fonts, improved Telnet error handling and updated help files. TinyTERM v4.13 is available for download at and is free for v4.12 users.

Contact: Century Software, 5284 South Commerce Drive, Suite C-134, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107, 801-268-3088,,

2-Port RocketPort Serial Hub

Comtrol Corporation introduced a 2-port version of their RocketPort Serial Hub designed for industrial use. The DIN rail-mountable 2-port model minimizes cabling requirements by using existing Ethernet networks, eliminates redundant PCs and offers a backup port. The 2-port design enables support for faster Ethernet connections, more serial interfaces, real-time operating systems and connection to COM ports for simplified device connectivity. Comtrol provides support for 10/100Base-T Ethernet and connections with RS-232/422/485 and ModBus devices.

Contact: Comtrol Corporation, 6655 Wedgwood Road, Suite 120, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55311-3646, 800-926-6876 (toll-free),,

Front view of rocketport

KDE 2.1

KDE 2.1, an internet-enabled desktop for Linux, has been released by the KDE Project and is available for free download at Features of KDE 2.1 include the Konqueror web browser, file manager and document viewer; the KDevelop IDE for development; a network transparent multimedia architecture based on the Analog Realtime Synthesizer; the re-engineered KWin window manager; and improved stability, performance and feature set. KDE is available in 33 languages and ships with the core KDE libraries, desktop environment, developer packages and over 100 applications.

Contact: KDE Project, Kurt Granroth, 1456 S. Boulder Street, Unit D, Gilbert, Arizona 85296, 480-732-1752,,

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