Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New 16 port switch

Yesterday, I ordered a Netgear 16 port 10/100 mpbs ethernet switch from buy.com. After the $20 Google checkout discount & rebate it comes to about $35. This may not seem like it deserves an entry on my blog, but I designed 1 of the chips in one of the earliest 10/100 mbps ethernet switches...the SynOptics 28115. Back then, that 16 port switch was over $1000 per port (vs. $2.19/port for the Netgear)!!! It's amazing how much has changed in the 12 years since that has come out. Later, SynOptics merged with Wellfleet to form Bay Networks in 1994. Then they were swallowed up by Nortel, and out of that mess, Nortel spun out none other than...Netgear.

On a sad note, the Google Checkout discount ended yesterday. :(

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