|Fate||Acquired by Cisco Systems|
|Founder||Vinod Bhardwaj, Larry Blair|
Kalpana, a computer-networking equipment manufacturer located in Silicon Valley, operated during the 1980s and 1990s. Its co-founders, Vinod Bhardwaj, an entrepreneur of Indian origin, and Larry Blair named the company after Bhardwaj's wife, Kalpana, whose name means "imagination" in Sanskrit.
Kalpana is considered[by whom?] the inventor of Ethernet switching, as the company became the first to introduce the concept of a multi-port network switch with its seven-port EtherSwitch in 1989.
|max. Ports||7× AUI 10 Mbit/s||15× AUI 10 Mbit/s|
|Forwarding method||cut-through ("on the fly") packet switching|
|Throughput||30 Mbit/s||70 Mbit/s|
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