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10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Switch for OpenVPX
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A new 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switch is designed to significantly enhance and standardize data throughput in network-centric OpenVPX applications. The main features of the fully managed Layer 2/Layer 3 Switch Kontron VX3920 are its 24 high-throughput 10 Gbit/s ports to the data plane. These can be scaled through channel bundling up to as high as 40 Gbit/s bandwidth. By using this new rugged switch for inter- and intra-system communication, OEMs can achieve a significant performance boost for their applications. Also, other highly individual data buses can now be replaced.
Application areas include high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems for radar, sonar and image processing, “vetronics” systems (vehicle electronics) as well as rapidly deployable networks for flexible communication in the field. With up to 60 Gbit/s data throughput provided by one rear I/O module with 40 Gbit/s Ethernet QSFP+ and two 10 Gbit/s SFP+, it also enables a powerful networking for complex system clusters, which are found on larger military intelligence and surveillance applications such as naval vessels.
The non-blocking L2/L3 Gigabit Switch VX3920 offers 24 x 10 Gbit/s ports to the backplane. These can also be bundled in groups of four on data leads with 40 Gbit/s. For system interconnection, 2x SFP+ cages for 10 Gigabit Ethernet are offered on the front. These can be used with cost-saving copper cables or fiber-optic cables for long distance networking. An optional rear transition module conducts a 40 Gbit/s Ethernet QSFP+, two 10 Gbit/s SFP+ and one RJ45 1000Base interface. On the front side, there is a separate 1000 base RJ45 port available for switch-management via SNMP, telnet and command line interface. For management and debugging there is an EIA-232-port, which can also be routed to the backplane. Two master/slave capable I²C buses allow communication with Kontron’s VPX Chassis Monitoring Board CMB. The Kontron VX3920 switch is available as an air-cooled version for environmental temperatures of 0° up to +55°C and as a rugged condition-cooled (RC) version for the extended temperature range (-40° up to +85°C).