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Rugged 6U OpenVPX 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Enables for ISR, C4I Systems

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A 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution supports high-throughput interprocessor communication (IPC) between 10GigE-enabled processing nodes for deployed applications. With 20 (optionally 24) 10GigE data plane ports and 16 GigE control plane ports, the GBX460 from GE Intelligent Platforms supports non-blocking, low-latency data transfers across a multiprocessing cluster at up to full wire speed. It is designed to provide a high-speed interface for sensor I/O, IPC and data distribution to the back end processing clusters typically found in C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) infrastructures. 

The GBX460 is an unmanaged Layer 2 switch that can support multiple OpenVPX slots/module profiles for maximum flexibility and throughput. “An unmanaged switch like the GBX460 is ideal for customer applications requiring the switch to be fully functional for network-connected devices as soon as possible after power-on; this is a capability required by a number of military programs,” said Rob McKeel, president, Military & Aerospace at GE Intelligent Platforms. 

The GBX460 meets the requirement to support a large number of 10GigE ports to maximize data throughput capabilities, and can optionally support up to four front panel 10GigE fibre ports to enable connectivity to external networks. It is OpenVPX compatible, allowing it to easily integrate with other OpenVPX-compatible products. The GBX460 is available in conduction-cooled variants to allow deployment in harsh environments. 

GE Intelligent Platforms, Charlottesville, VA. (800) 368-2738. [www.gefanucembedded.com].