Brief: Copper-Based Gigabit Ethernet Is Hot

Last quarter was a coming-out party of sorts for copper-based Gigabit Ethernet, analysts say, with shipments of 1000Base-TX switch ports accounting for nearly one-fourth of all gigabit ports shipped in the second quarter of 2000. While Gigabit Ethernet ports still accounted for only 3 percent of total LAN ports, shipments more than tripled from the second quarter last year, according to a recent report issued by Cahners In-Stat Group in Scottsdale, Ariz. The firm predicts that port shipments will reach four million by year-end, more than doubling last year's total. Voice/data network convergence and the low cost of gigabit-over-copper technology are the driving forces behind this surge in Gigabit Ethernet, says an industry analyst at Cahners In-Stat Group who is the author of the report.

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