English Electric

Western and Eastern Electric, move over – Now it's the turn of English Electric, a new sub brand of Chord Company whose first product is the 8Switch [£450], an 8-port GbE Ethernet switch in an aluminium chassis. A customized temperature-compensated crystal oscillator claims superior 0.1ppm accuracy and the power supply and clock generation circuits use noise isolation and EMI absorbers. A frontal LED display shows power, alarm and status/speed for each port. Power comes from an external DC power adapter. According to English Electric, traditional linear supplies aren't fast enough for purpose. Hence they sourced a superior ultra low-noise medical-grade wall wart.