The Hook Inventor of the Month  

Inventor of the Month --This Month's WINNER! 

PHILL MANNO

Phillip Manno lives in a world of acronyms - CSMA/CD, IEEE 802.3z, SONET, 1000 Mbps, UTP, FDDI, QoS, MAC, 10BaseT, TDMA, etc. Phill's favorite acronym, however, is... SMAC(tm).  He likes it best because he invented it (U.S. Patent 4,811,365) !

SMAC(tm) stands for synchronous medium access control, and that means Phill Manno just might set the global standard for high-speed computer-networking in the new millennium.

Phill graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in electronic engineering. Furthermore, he has studied digital communications networks at the post-graduate level at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During his eclectic career Phill has designed an encryption engine for the U.S. Federal Reserve Banking System, developed satellite telecommunications for the Wall Street Journal, and worked on advanced fiber-optics projects
for the Department of Defense.

At the tender age of 41, Phill was told by employers he was "too old" for the fast-paced environment of high-tech research and development. So Phill started a company, SyncAccess Inc., in Sacramento, California.

SyncAccess is now building a reference design kit to demonstrate that the SMAC(tm) networking protocol is far superior - and much faster - than the current state-of-the-art CSMA/CD Gigabit Ethernet technology. CSMA/CD
(carrier sense multiple access with collision detection) manages data-packet collisions on Ethernet networks. SMAC(tm) doesn't manage collisions. It eliminates them.

What's more, SMAC(tm) can be retrofitted to operate on virtually every Ethernet network on the planet. The implications are awesome: More than 80 percent of the computer networks in the world are Ethernets. A white paper explaining just how and why SMAC(tm) works will be released in March.



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