MiLAN Technology, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., recently launched its latest family of media converters. The ClassicConverter series of Fast Ethernet media converters convert UTP signals from 100Base-TX to fibre 100Base-FX (SC or ST) to extend connections up to 2 kilometres in distance. The converters are easy to install and maintain, according to the firm, and feature easy-to-read LEDs to monitor connection status. The units also feature LinkEnforcerT technology from MiLAN, which enables the converters to alert other devices if a connection is lost. The units are hot-swappable, so that users can add or remove modules without disturbing other connections. MiLAN’s ClassicConverter series features four offerings, all priced at US$100.

Following the blueprint it used to develop its Category 6 connectivity system, Ortronics Inc. recently announced the same capabilities for Category 5e. The New London, Conn.-based company released Clarity5e connectivity system which offers centre-tuned connector unions for transparency within the cabling system, higher signal to noise ratio as well as field-measurable performance. Clarity5e components include TracJack modules, Series II modules, patch cords with Ortronics patent-pending Paralign 2 plug technology, as well as modular patch panels. For more information, visit the company online at

Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corp. announced last month that it is now offering EMC CLARiiON support for Compaq Tru64 UNIX operating environments, enabling customers to combine the power of their EMC storage systems with their Compaq AlphaServers running UNIX and Compaq’s TruCluster clustering software. Customers are also now able to deploy CLARiiON business continuity software offerings such as EMC SnapView for continuous availability of their Tru64-based information, according to the company. The move is in support of EMC’s goal of widespread interoperability. For more details, the company can be found on the Web at