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Rugged CompactPCI Ethernet Switch Improves Network Connectivity

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The first in a new series of high-performance, single-slot Gigabit Ethernet switches is a 6U CompactPCI PICMG 2.16-compatible switch that serves as a robust communications backbone for moving massive amounts of data around tightly coupled processing or I/O data concentrators, typically found in embedded telecom, military, aerospace and spacecraft applications. The C660 Gigabit Ethernet switch from Aitech Defense Systems can be installed in rack-mounted equipment and backplanes or packaged in stand-alone rugged subsystems. This new full wire speed, non-blocking switch provides high-speed connectivity and traffic management for streaming video, audio and data. It performs advanced switching and routing tasks including traffic prioritization, trunking, filtering and mirroring in the hardware, rather than using the software router stack, freeing the CPU resources for application processing. 

The C660 uses Marvell’s BobCat Gigabit Ethernet (BobCat-GE) switch controller and Marvell MTS management suite to perform Layer 2 and 3 routing and switching for 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports and up to four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Frame switching for Layer 2 is based on MAC address information, while Layer 3 is based on network-layer information (IP).

Six multi-rate network quad SERDES ports, connected to six quad PHY controllers, support the 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports in 1000Base-T format or 16 1000Base-T format ports plus 8 serial 1000Base-X port formats. An eight-port version can be factory configured to support Fiber Optic links (1000Base-X). Four XAUI links provide connection to the four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports through front panel SFP+ modules. An integrated, low-power, high-performance ARM-compatible Sheeva CPU core operating at 800 MHz functions in the role of service processor and interfaces to the high-speed DDRII-320 MHz memory controller.

All switches will be available in vibration- and shock-resistant versions, compliant to commercial, rugged and military specifications with a maximum operating temperature range of -55°C to +85°C.

Aitech Defense Systems, Chatsworth, CA. (818) 700-2000. [www.rugged.com].