Concurrent Debuts FP 210/024 24-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Board

Concurrent Technologies announces their latest Gigabit Ethernet switch board, the FP 210/024, to operate alongside their range of VMEbus based single board computers. The FP 210/024 is an “unmanaged” embedded Ethernet switching platform that provides a low cost, low power, switching solution for integrators. Typically consuming less than 20 Watts, it offers twenty-four 10/100/1000 Mbps auto-negotiating Ethernet ports, twelve accessible via the VMEbus P2 I/O connector and up to twelve via the front panel with the option for two being optical. The switch core contains a wire-speed, Layer 2, Quality of Service (QoS) switch fabric. Commercial and extended temperature versions are now available and ruggedized, conduction-cooled or air-cooled, versions will be available shortly. This switch facilitates communications within a chassis as well as supporting the network outside the chassis in a variety of applications including defence.

FP 210/024 24-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Board for VMEbus based systems - Concurrent TechnologiesUtilizing the Marvell® Prestera® 98DX240 single chip Ethernet switch device, the FP 210/024 sustains full duplex full wire 10/100/1000 Mbps speeds on all twenty-four ports. Ports 1 to 12 are used for connection to the nodes via the VMEbus P2 I/O connector. Ports 13 to 24 are via twelve RJ45 connectors on the front panel. And, optionally on the front panel, ports 13 to 20 are via eight RJ45 connectors and two optical ports, 21 to 22 (two 1000Base-SX), are via two multimode optical fiber interfaces. The switch device “learns” and caches up to 8192 MAC addresses in its forwarding database. The switch can handle time-critical/multimedia traffic such as voice, video and data as it utilizes four hardware priority queues per port and supports a range of QoS traffic classifications: port ID, MAC address, IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.1Q, IPv4 and IPv6.

To enable local switch management there is an operator command interface via an RS232 port on the front panel, where configuration data is maintained in a Flash EEPROM. An optional rear transition module is also available which provides twelve RJ45 connectors.

For applications requiring an embedded Ethernet switch in an industry standard chassis, ranging from commercial through to ruggedized, the FP 210/024 provides a reliable low power solution.

The FP 210/024 is available now.

Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001:2000 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom designed industrial computer boards for critical embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the USA, UK and China as well as a worldwide distributor network. The company has a wide range of high performance Intel® processor based VME, VXS, CompactPCI® and AdvancedMC[tm] products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) products. Concurrent Technologies is an Affiliate Member with the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers committed to the development of modular, standards-based solutions based on Intel technologies. Concurrent Technologies complies to the RoHS 2002/95/EC directive.

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