Cabletron Systems has announced a new line of core products as it attempts to reverse a financial downturn. The networking company has produced a Smart Networking product line, using technology from Yago Systems which it acquired in January. Cabletron has launched its SmartSwitch router, which the company says can achieve up to 100 times the throughput of conventional routers at one-tenth the price. It is capable of carrying 15 million data packets per second and can support 56 Fast Ethernet 10/100 ports or 14 Gigabit Ethernet ports. SmartSwitch router prices range from US$499 per port for an eight-port 10/100 Base-TX to $4,748 per port for a two-port 1000 Base-LX. A version that can send traffic at 30 million packets per second is scheduled for release in the third quarter. Yago's Smart Networking technology provides routing facilities in function-specific processors rather than relying on software. This enables the machines to be made and sold at lower cost than conventional routers, Cabletron Asia-Pacific president John Winchester says. Many Yago engineers had worked previously with microprocessors, designed to take on increasing numbers of functions. The Smart Networking product line marks a core product change for Cabletron, which focused previously on hubs that connected multiple PCs or servers' computers to a single network link. The devices were based on older technologies which gave competitors with newer and more innovative products an edge. 'We are moving now into switching,' Mr Winchester said. Cabletron's Smart Networking product announcement comes as the company attempts to recover from a big earnings drop and management changes. Donald Reed last month resigned suddenly as chief executive after just eight months at the helm. He was replaced immediately by company co-founder and chairman Craig Benson. Two senior company executives quit after Mr Reed's departure, which some observers said was the result of a power struggle. Mr Reed's exit followed Cabletron's largest reported loss in its 14 year history - $263 million in its fourth fiscal quarter to the end of February. Cabletron also laid off 780 employees, about 11 per cent of its workforce. Mr Winchester downplayed the company's woes, saying: 'We have been a company that has been in change for the past two years (but) . . . there are no changes to our strategy [with the appointment of Mr Benson].'