Intel announces Core 2 for notebooks

Networking

Spirent Communications releases 10 Gigabit Ethernet offering
Spirent Communications announced testing solutions to help network equipment manufacturers reduce the cost and accelerate their time to market for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches and routers. Spirent is introducing a high density 10 GbE X2 interface for the enterprise switching market.

The release is in response to equipment vendors seeing high growth rates in blade switches and stackable Gigabit Ethernet switches that have two or four 10GbE uplinks. These uplinks are normally 10GBASE-CX4 copper, XFP or X2 fibre connectors and can be thoroughly evaluated on Spirent TestCenter.

The MSA-1001A two port 10GbE test module with X2 interfaces starts at US$70,000.

Wireless

Intel announces release of Core 2 Duo CPU for notebooks
Intel announced that its Core 2 Duo processor, already shipping for desktops, is now available for direct purchase as well as available as a CPU offering from select notebook manufacturers.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors have two processing cores that can handle multiple tasks in less time while consuming less power. These processors also deliver improved performance for videos, gaming and multimedia activities, especially when running multiple applications simultaneously.

Laptops based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor also include the current Intel 945 Express chipset family and the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection.

The mobile version of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors include the T7600, T7400, T7200, T5600 and T5500, which are priced at US$637, US$423, US$294, US$241 and US$209 respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.

Security

New ScreenOS Software Enables Customers To Address Evolving Threats
Juniper Networks Inc. announced enhancements to its ScreenOS, the company’s real-time, security-specific operating system for its firewall (FW) and IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN) appliances. The new ScreenOS 5.4 enhancements give customers tools to battle emerging content security threats. Tools include best-in-class Unified Threat Management (UTM) security features, captive redirect and policy-based routing.

The ScreenOS operating system’s UTM security features help protect traffic flowing in and out of the branch office from worms, spyware, trojans and malware. In addition to UTM security features, this release enables virtually all Juniper FW/VPN platforms to function as network access control enforcers in a Unified Access Control (UAC) environment. ScreenOS 5.4 also offers captive portal functionality to Juniper’s UAC solution, allowing for automatic redirect of new or unauthenticated users to the Juniper Infranet Controller for user authentication and endpoint security posture verification prior to granting access and ongoing access to network resources. This enables access control that is transparent to end users.

The new ScreenOS policy-based routing capability allows network administrators to define security policies that will complement existing FW/VPN protection and traffic analysis capabilities by forwarding data packets based on parameters such as source, destination and protocol to a third-party solution for more granular analysis or inspection.

Juniper Networks ScreenOS 5.4 is available now for the entire family of integrated FW/VPN appliances including the Integrated Security Gateway (ISG) Series and the Secure Services Gateway (SSG) line. The optional UTM features are available only on the NetScreen-Hardware Security Client (HSC), NetScreen-5GT Series and the Secure Services Gateway (SSG) Family and may require payment of annual subscription fees to activate. ScreenOS 5.4 is free of charge for new and existing Juniper Networks customers under a valid service contract.

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