Rockwell exits Ethernet chip market

Rockwell exits Ethernet chip market
Tom Foremski
Rockwell is reported to have pulled out of the Ethernet based chip set market and laid off an unspecified number of staff.
The company has discontinued sales of its Fast Ethernet based chip sets and controllers as part of a move to reorganise its business units. Rockwell is trying to launch new business units in fast growing markets as it struggles with a slowdown in the modem business where it is a major supplier of chips.
The dropping of its Fast Ethernet chips follows recent moves to pull out of local area networking chip products. Rockwell is beefing up its focus on xDSL technologies as it hopes to ride a wave of interest in the communications technology, which could replace current modems with devices operating more than 30 times faster.


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