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S2io Calls Out Intel

Startup S2io Technologies Corp. today announced its plans for the 10-Gbit/s server adapter market, and the company's roadmap puts it on a collision course with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC).

All right, it's not that dramatic. S2io makes 10-Gbit/s server adapter cards for connecting boxes within a data center, and Intel so far is the only competitor. Still, S2io claims it can outdo Intel in performance and hopes to give the chip giant some fits as 10-Gbit/s connections make their way into the data center.

At the Gartner ITExpo this week, S2io is showing its Xframe card for the first time. The demo includes a Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Catalyst 6500 switch and a Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) server (see S2io Demos 10-Gig Ethernet Card).

The company's customers are the OEMs themselves, which would include the card as a feature inside a switch or other system. S2io won't start production shipments until the first quarter of 2004, but its cards are being evaluated in six OEMs' labs, says vice president of marketing Kimball Brown.

The S2io team comes from Alteon, which made the same product but at Gigabit Ethernet speeds. S2io's founders left after Alteon was acquired by Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT).

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