NETWORKING company 3Com has announced a complete range of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) products, aimed at providing an ATM backbone solution. Nachman Shelef, vice president and general manager of 3Com's ATM division, said the company was the only vendor to provide a complete backbone solution. He said the company was targeting the corporate backbone, as the industry view was this would be the first area to deploy ATM. The products form part of 3Com's high performance scalable networking strategy and include ethernet to ATM switching. The different products are being introduced in phases. The initial products are now available, while others are expected within the next year. Although the ATM Forum has yet to fully agree on all standards, Mr Shelef said 3Com would ensure that their products followed standards as they evolve. At the centre of the strategy is the first product to become available, the CELLplex 7000, an ATM campus backbone switch, which began shipping in February. Another early product is the LinkSwitch 2700, an ethernet to ATM workgroup switch, which will be available in May. The LinkSwitch is stackable and has twelve ethernet ports and one ATM port. He said 3Com also intended to release ATM to Token ring switches. Meanwhile, 3Com also announced details of its departmental ethernet to ATM switch, the CELLplex 7200. Mr Shelef said the 7200 was a combination of the 2700 and the 7000, and was meant for departments or smaller companies. The product has four ATM ports, and 48 switched ethernet ports, which could support up to 500 users. Mr Shelef said he expected to see other vendors bringing out ATM products in the future, and that 3Com would not expect to have a large head start. He said he believed there would be some significant networks based on ATM available by the end of this year.