GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Debuts Neternity Gigabit Ethernet Products

Demonstrating the company’s commitment to providing solutions that are both backward compatible with existing infrastructures and forward compatible with emerging requirements, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced three new products in the company’s recently-announced Neternity(TM) family.

The new products, which are fully managed layer 2/3+ Gigabit Ethernet switches and designed to handle the demanding requirements of a broad range of applications including military, telecommunications and commercial, are the Neternity(TM) RM921 6U VME switch; the ROHS-compliant Neternity(TM) RM922RC 6U VME switch; and the Neternity(TM) CP921RC ROHS-compliant PICMG 2.16 6U CompactPCI switch. All three switches support 24 copper ports, with the RM921 being optionally available with 12 ports, and are characterized by their support of IPv4 for legacy communications environments and hardware enabled IPv6 for future applications. (IPv6 is mandated by the US Department of Defense for all programs from 2008.) Conformal coating is an option for all three boards.

The three new products are the first in the Neternity(TM) family to feature the OpenWare(TM) switch management environment. OpenWare(TM) is portable across switch fabrics and processor environments, is easy to customize using the familiar Linux command line interface and is designed to make selected GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Neternity(TM) switches easy to deploy and easy to manage. Switch management is also possible via remote access or using a management protocol such as SNMP.

“Our line of fully managed IPv6-enabled switches brings cost-effective high-speed network connectivity a wide range of challenging applications,” said Rubin Dhillon, Communications Product Manager for GE Fanuc Embedded Systems. “With our experience, knowledge and design practices, we have crafted Neternity Ethernet switches that deliver exceptional performance while operating in demanding environments.”

Neternity(TM) RM921
The Neternity(TM) RM921 is an IPv6-enabled 6U VME fully managed layer 2/3+ Gigabit Ethernet switch with either 12 front I/O (single slot solution) or 24 front I/O ports (dual slot solution). It also offers support of IPv4. Port configuration can be all copper, all fiber or combinations of both. Also optionally available are 100BaseFX ports so that both 100BaseFX and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces can be supported on the same Network Interface Card, a valuable feature for organizations migrating from 100 Mbit applications to 1000 Mbit applications. An industrial temperature version is available.

Neternity(TM) RM922RC
The Neternity(TM) RM922RC is an ROHS-compliant IPv6-enabled 6U VME fully managed layer 2/3 Gigabit Ethernet switch with 24 copper ports (single slot solution) via rear I/O.

Neternity(TM) CP921RC
The Neternity(TM) CP921RC is an ROHS-compliant PICMG 2.16 6U CompactPCI fully managed layer 2/3 Gigabit Ethernet switch with 24 copper ports, and is hot-swappable, minimizing potential system downtime. It is also compliant with PICMG 2.1 and PICMG 2.9.

About GE Fanuc Embedded Systems
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is a leading global provider of embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Featuring a comprehensive offering that includes Intel(R) and PowerPC(R)-based Single Board Computers, sensor processing networking products, avionics interfaces, rugged flat panel monitors and complete computer systems, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems can support the full range of embedded computing needs. GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is part of GE Fanuc Automation, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan.