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New $199 ISDN adapter from Cardinal
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- Subject: New $199 ISDN adapter from Cardinal
- From: James Love <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 9 Jul 1996 12:13:41 -0400 (EDT)
Pretty soon I'm gonna get isdn...jl
Ziff-Davis Computer News
July 3, 1996
Cardinal Technologies Prepares Low-Cost ISDN Adapter
From: PC Week
by Stacy Lavilla
In an attempt to make ISDN technology more affordable to corporations and
small- and home-office users, Cardinal Technologies Inc. will ship this
month an aggressively priced ISDN terminal adapter that sets new price
points for such devices.
Cardinal's $199 IDC 100i ISA adapter board features a single ISDN Basic
Rate Interface connection and a built-in NT1 interface. The 16-bit adapter
supports both PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) and Multilink PPP.
Although high-bandwidth applications like the Internet are driving the
need for technologies such as ISDN, one of the larger stumbling blocks
hindering wider implementation of the 128K-bps technology has been cost.
ISDN terminal adapters, which typically range in price from $300 to $500,
are often considered the most cost-effective alternative for users
implementing ISDN technology. The Lancaster, Pa., company's offering is
set to compete with products such as Motorola Inc.'s $495 BitSurfr Pro
external ISDN adapter.
One industry analyst said the IDC 100i's price tag may spur competing
vendors to lower their prices as well.
"If you're a vendor and you have a competing product with similar
functionality, you would almost be forced to drop your price," said Kevin
Curtis, an analyst at The Yankee Group Inc., in Boston.
Curtis cited the adapter's built-in features as well as its price.
"The fact that the network termination device is integrated on the board
is a positive design element, and the wizard-driven interface for both
configuration setup and troubleshooting was better than anything I've
seen," he said.
Minimum systems requirements for the IDC 100i include a 486SX PC, 8M bytes
of RAM, 4M bytes of free hard-disk space and Windows 3.x or Windows 95.
The adapter will be available through distributors, resellers and retail
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