Survey on Gigabit Ethernet

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Introduction to Gigabit Ethernet

C≤I≤ Systemsís German network technology partner, SysKonnect (SK), has developed a high-performance, dual-channel PCI Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC).

C≤I≤ Systems are investigating the possibility of developing PMC and CCPMC versions of SKís PCI Gigabit Ethernet NIC. These versions would be ideally suited to embedded platforms. With all versions being derived from the same hardware design, they feature a wide range of compatible and qualified software drivers, including those for popular commercial operating systems such as various derivatives of Unix and Windows NT, as well as for real-time operating systems such as VxWorks and LynxOS.

PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) is a standard for connecting peripherals to a personal computer. Technically, PCI is not a bus, but a bridge or mezzanine. It includes buffers to decouple the CPU from relatively slow peripherals and allow them to operate asynchronously.

PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) is a low-profile mezzanine card for desktop computers and other computer systems, with logical and electrical layers based on the PCI specification.

CCPMC refers to the conduction-cooled version of PMC. Conduction-cooling is a method of cooling active and passive components on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) by direct heat conduction from an area of higher temperature to an area of lower temperature. Host carrier cards provide the thermal interface for the conduction-cooled PMC (CCPMC) adapter by means of thermal ribs which conduct heat away from the PMC adapter.

The PMC and CCPMC formfactors are ideally suited to embedded platforms; PMC where conventional-cooling will be sufficient and CCPMC where system design constraints indicate conduction-cooling and other ruggedisation.

For users, Gigabit Ethernet holds a great advantage in terms of the extremely fast response times of the network. For managers of commercial networks, Gigabit bandwidth on the LAN backbone also provides the infrastructure to meet the needs of added users and new applications that usually contribute to traffic congestion on the backbone. Gigabit Ethernet is therefore the strategic choice for high-speed, high-bandwidth networking.

As part of our Gigabit Ethernet Survey, it would be highly appreciated if you could complete the attached survey form and return it withing four weeks of receipt. For your convenience, it could either be faxed or returned by mail, details are as follow : 

Please return fax to : : Bernice Meyburgh 
Facsimile : (+27 21) 683 5435
Return Address : P.O. Box 171 
South Africa

Thank you for your assistance in conducting this research.

Survey on Gigabit Ethernet

This research is conducted to gather information on and create awareness of Gigabit Ethernet. The participant will also be offered the opportunity of receiving more detailed specifications for further evaluation, if desired.

Kindly complete the following online questionnaire :

1. Are you aware of the latest Ethernet development known as Gigabit Ethernet?  


2. Do you have enough knowledge about Gigabit Ethernet to understand how it operates?  


If not, would you be interested in learning more about Gigabit Ethernet?  


 3. Does Gigabit Ethernet appeal to you?  


If so, what are the qualities about Gigabit Ethernet that interest you the most?

4. Does your company have a need for Gigabit Ethernet?  


5. Would you be interested in knowing why Gigabit Ethernet can be beneficial to your company?  


6. Do you have a build-up of traffic within your network ?  


If so, would it not be easier to avoid this and speed up network throughput?  


7. If you are interested in purchasing Gigabit Ethernet, when would you wish to do so?  

2 - 3 months
3 - 6 months
6 - 12 months
12 months+

8. In which formfactors would you be interested?  


9. Approximately how many units are you likely to require?  

1 - 4
5 - 9
10 - 25
25 - 50
50 - 100

10. What Gigabit Ethernet options would you consider?  

I/O Media  PCI PMC CCPMC Single-Port Dual-Port 
Shortrange Fibre (SX)          
Longrange Fibre (LX)          

11. At what price would your company consider purchasing Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapters?  

I/O Media  PCI PMC
Shortrange Fibre (SX)    
Longrange Fibre (LX)    

  (Please complete the table for options in which you are interested.)

12. Would you like us to send you some information about Gigabit Ethernet?  

Shortform Specifications Yes   No  
White Papers Yes   No  
Pricelist Yes   No  

13. Would you be interested in a demonstration or evaluation?  



Other Comments :


Kindly supply us with your contact details, for future reference and correspondence : 





Postal Address






Email Address


Further Information

Any information requested will be posted to you within one week of receipt of the completed questionnaire. Alternatively, you could access our Web Site for further information about Gigabit Ethernet and other high-speed networking products at :

Relevant Press Releases 
1. SysKonnect's Commitment to Gigabit Ethernet
2. New Gigabit Ethernet Technology Tackles Failed Network Links Head-On
3. New Gigabit Ethernet Technology Supports Total System Performance
Relevant Products
1. Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
2. Other Networking Products


Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to complete our Gigabit Ethernet Questionnaire.

Your response is greatly appreciated.