Polaris bridges mainframes, open systems
Polaris Communications has introduced a line of channel emulators that allow Windows NT and Unix servers to drive mainframe peripherals such as storage devices and printers. The 7100 Bus & Tag Channel Emulator and 7950 ESCON Channel Emulator are PCI interface cards that simulate mainframe channel processors. Both emulators are priced at $7,995. A software developers kit is available for $23,000.