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SMC Networks Pioneers the Way in Providing More Reliable Energy Efficient Networking

SMC Networks reveals details of its ongoing commitment to developing ‘green networking’

(PresseBox) (München, ) SMC Networks (, a leading provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, today released details of the company's Green IT strategy, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to reduced energy consumption throughout the life of the product - from product design and manufacturing to product use and eventual recycling.

Investment in product development has seen significant gains in efficiency over the past couple of years. These have been especially evident in Ethernet switching, where SMC Networks has moved towards more integrated technology such as single-chip architecture, intelligent power designs for optimal Power-over-Ethernet and a simplified component design.

The company's newest Ethernet switch families; the SMC61XX 10/100 switches and SMC81XX 10/100/1000 are excellent examples of single-chip architecture switches that use minimal power, leveraging tier 1 chip-sets for optimal performance and efficiency.

Many of SMC Networks' competitors choose to shut down unused switch ports to save energy, SMC Networks has found ways to reduce overall power consumption whilst leaving all ports and components on and available - resulting in smoother operation, longer life and better overall network performance. Iain Kenney, SMC Networks' Director of Product Marketing comments: "It is important that striving for more energy efficient products does not diminish the quality of the product. Some manufacturers implement energy saving processes in their products that increase the likelihood of full or partial device failure, or reduce overall networking efficiency for the sake of power. We are always mindful that the underlying network still needs to be reliable and optimised for efficiency."

Iain Kenney adds: "We are committed to bringing 'green networking' to our customers so have therefore developed full product lines of energy efficient solutions, rather than just token products."

SMC Networks strives to reduce its products' ongoing energy usage and reduce the impact of its manufacturing processes on the environment. The company also focuses on minimising, and ultimately finding alternatives to, hazardous substances used to fabricate components used in its electronics components. SMC Networks' products are in compliance with the European Union's Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and also with the European Union's RoHS Directive (restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) since before the directives were in force. In fact SMC Networks is also already in compliance with the new China and Korea RoHS standards. All SMC Networks packaging features the Green dot® symbol, which demonstrates the company meets its obligation for collection and recycling waste packaging in accordance with the European Directive.

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SMC Networks is a leading provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices. Globally, SMC Networks leverages manufacturing resources and strategic relationships to bring to market a growing range of affordable, leading-edge products; including Gigabit and Fast Ethernet Switching, 10G solutions, Wireless networking, VoIP, Network Attached Storage, VDSL and Broadband connectivity products as well as traditional wired network adapters.

SMC Networks specialises in solutions for the SMB/e, and the home. Worldwide, SMC delivers network solutions through an infrastructure of VAR partners, ISPs and retailers.