IRVINE, Calif., May 16 -- Linksys announced the immediate availability of the Linksys Gigabit ExpressCard Adapter (EC1000). The Linksys ExpressCard adapter provides new notebook or PC users with ExpressCard slots for higher Input, Output (I/O) performance, hot-swappable functionality and a faster, more convenient way to connect computers to a Gigabit network.
The new ExpressCard Standard establishes technical guidelines for PC Card technology that enables seamless and compatible connections between client and host devices. As the next generation of PC Card technology, ExpressCard is expected to replace CardBus as the preferred choice for notebook and desktop modular expansion.
"Notebook makers are already shipping computers with ExpressCard slots. Linksys delivers a solution that provides users with the performance enhancements the technology provides. We believe this introduction will help accelerate the use of this new standard," said Tarun Loomba, Linksys Senior Director of Product Marketing.
Linksys Gigabit ExpressCard Adapters feature an innovative design with a foldable RJ-45 connector for the Cat5e cable which helps save the connector from breaking when the product is tossed in a bag or carried in a pocket. The EC1000 also features low power-consumption which draws power from the ExpressCard slot directly; eliminating the need for external power supply. Other features include:
* Compliance with ExpressCard/34 standard
* 10/100/1000M data rate auto-negotiation
* Easy to read LED indicators
* Automatic MDI/MDIX crossover at all speed
* Compact and robust design provides solution for all network users, both desktop and notebook
* Easy Installation
* Wake On LAN (WOL) power management support
* Operating system supports: Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Pricing and Availability
The Linksys Gigabit ExpressCard Adapter (EC1000) is available immediately through distribution, online resellers and Value Added Resellers (VARs) for an estimated street price of $59.99.