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Bay Networks' acquisition of a Fast Ethernet technology company last week is expected to bring swift response from other major networking vendors and take 100Mbps switch prices to a new low.
Bay Networks said it will use ASIC technology from NetICs Inc., a start-up in Acton, Mass., in a Fast Ethernet workgroup switch that will ship in March 1997 for $250 per port. The stand-alone switch will feature 16 autosensing 10/100Mbps ports. Similar switches are priced from $500 to $700 per port.
An official at Hewlett-Packard said his company and others will match Bay Networks' price by the time the switch is released.
Fred McClimans, founder of Ashburn, Va.-based …