Connectivity Special Online
Connectivity has become the keyword in computing nowadays. It
is a tribute to the power of the Internet that in the two years
since the explosion of popularity of the world-wide web, no single
subject has become more important for any PC user. How to connect?
Where to connect? At what speed can I connect? Which technologies
do I need in my (mobile) PC to connect?
All of these questions and more have recently raised the level
of confusion about connectivity. Many terms and acronyms are unfamiliar.
Toshiba Visions has taken a broad look at all the technology
now available, those just coming onto the market and the standards
we can expect to see in the future. In this connectivity special,
judge for yourself the progress being made and take a glimpse
into the exciting standards of multimedia connectivity to come.
Plugging it in: direct connectivity at the PC
Internal Bus - from ISA to PCI
The road from IBM's ISA to today's PCI standard was long, but
the benefits are great, and mobile PCs are increasingly enjoying
Proprietary expansion - the company's solution
Sometimes your PC supplier's own standards may be the best guarantee
of compatibility. And for special needs just the right fit!
Remembering old friends - SCSI
SCSI has served the PC industry well but might its days be limited?
It's all in the (PC) cards
From memory expansion standard to ubiquitous mobile connectivity
status - the PC Card (formerly PCMCIA) standard has be come THE
key player for mobile connectivity enthusiasts.
Universal Serial Bus - just one simple plug
It's been s low start for USB but 1997 will see major progress
in implementation, Windows support and a slew of options across
the board. No doubt CeBIT '97 will be contributing.
IEEE 1394 - endless connections
For the exotic and the super-fast, IEEE 1394 promises more digital
integration and improved multimedia options as a range of professional
and consumer digital products find the PC connection.
ZV Port - mobile multimedia now
When Toshiba presented ZV to the world at CeBIT '96 it was just
a few days old. The latest addition to the PC Card standard has
since become a must for all mobile multimedia enthusiasts.
Infrared - connectivity for what you can see
For local desktop connectivity without the hassle of a cable connection,
infrared has become a widespread standard. Whether for data transfers,
printing or simply a mouse or keyboard, infrared beams the answer.
Local office connections
Ethernet - the office network standard
The easiest networking topology just got faster. With PCI and
CardBus standards Ethernet cards can now manage 100 Mbps throughput
- as demonstrated in notebooks at CeBIT '97.
Token Ring - the power of IBM
For IBM mainframe companies, there is nothing more IBM compatible
than their own office network standard.
DECT - digital local radio standards
The local radio standard with a difficult childhood. Is DECT
a business standard in waiting? Or will it be stay a consumer
Alternative radio networking
Local networks do not need to be compatible outside the office
- there are protocols to deal with such communications. Various
radio systems already in use therefore offer a choice of power
and mobility for whatever your need.
Staying in touch on the road or at home - tele-connectivity
offers a range of technologies
Keeping pace - modern modems up to 56kbps
As desktops in America push towards the 56 Kbps standard, what
chances does this technology have in Europe and can it be made
mobile for notebooks?
GSM on the move
For roaming international business staff there is nothing better
than GSM connectivity. And even at a national level, GSM digital
converters offer external staff the connectivity flexibility usually
only experienced in the office.
ISDN's fight for world recognition
A European standard for high speed telephone connections is experiencing
varying degrees of popularity in different countries and different
Cable modems for home connectivity
Staying in touch at home as well as in the office or on the road
will be more important as the boundaries of work become ever more
flexible. Cable modems offer cheap permanent connections via existing
ADSL for your medium-term needs
How to use the oldest hardware and squeeze more throughput. ADSL
offers impressive speeds yet keeps hardware costs to a minimum.
Expect it to arrive in one or two years.
VDSL for longer term capacity
For even faster throughput and more long-term solutions, the VDSL
forum is trying to establish standards. Here too, the old hardware
will be squeezed to the utmost.
ATM - high-speed networking in the future
A data transfer protocol to keep pace with the needs of tomorrow's
data transfer quantities. For the delivery of high-bandwidth data
ATM promises much.
Satellites - connectivity anywhere on this planet
The ultimate in connectivity. One number anywhere on the planet.
But this connectivity utopia will take a while to be realised.