Phillip Manno lives in a world of acronyms – CSMA/CD, IEEE 802.3z, SONET, 1000 Mbps, UTP, FDDI, QoS, MAC, l0BaseT, TDMA, and so on. Phill's favorite acronym, however, is SMAC™. He likes it best because he invented it (U.S. Patent 4,811,365). SMAC 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.PhillgraduatedfromCaliforniaPolytechnicStateUniversityinSanLuisObispowitha degreeinelectronicengineering.Furthermore,hehasstudieddigital communicationsnetworksatthepost-graduatelevelattheMassachusettsInstitute 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 top secret fiber-optics projects for the Department of Defense.At the tender age of 48, Phill was told by employers he was "too old" for the fast-paced environment of high-tech research and development. So Phill started his own company, SyncAccess Inc., in Sacramento, California.SyncAccess is now building a reference design kit to demonstrate that the SMAC 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 technology doesn't manage collisions. It eliminates them.What's more, the SMAC protocol 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.