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HP executive leaves for network startup

A former top executive in HP's PC operations, Dave Zabrowski, has left the company to head S2io Technologies, a startup specialising in 10Gbps Ethernet products for enterprise networks.

Zabrowski will be president and chief executive officer of S2io, which plans to introduce early next year network interface cards (NICs) that use the 10-Gigabit Ethernet standard.

The company aims to bring the Ethernet interconnects between data centres and enterprise LANs and WANs up to speed with high-speed I/O technologies now emerging inside data centres, Zabrowski said.

The process of merging HP with Compaq, helped provide an impetus to leave, Zabrowski said.

Zabrowski was vice-president and general manager of HP's Personal Computing Organization, with responsibility for commercial desktops, notebooks and handheld computers, as well as servers based on Intel chips and Windows, for North America.

S2io has developed its own application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for 10Gbps Ethernet and intends to sell NICs built around that ASIC under its own name. The company also is considering other arrangements involving the use of its technology, Zabrowski said. It was founded in September 2001 and currently has about 40 employees.

Intel earlier this year demonstrated a 10Gbps Ethernet NIC and said it expected to ship the product in volume to server makers in the third quarter of the year.

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