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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Kontron brings 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switching to CompactPCI and VME

CP6930 supports PICMG 2.x and VITA 31.1 compliant high-performance switching

The new Kontron CP6930 6U switch brings 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching to CompactPCI and VME embedded systems and communication networks. With six SFP+ interfaces for 10Gb, two SFP interfaces for 1Gb Ethernet switching on the front and 24 GbE ports on the back, the new switch boosts the performance of VME and CompactPCI systems based on the latest processor boards for intra- and intercommunication. The non-blocking, fully managed L2/L3 switch allows system designers to stay ahead of the rising transaction and traffic loads in many embedded system designs and communication networks therefore maximizing the usage and longevity of their systems and reducing the TCO for customers' solutions.

The 6U switch fits into both CompactPCI and VME (via the VITA 31.1 specification*) system chassis and offers unmatched price-to-performance ratio by implementing the highly integrated Broadcom single-chip switching solution. The CP6930 also offers an AMCC PowerPC for individually configurable application control and a Microcontroller for IPMI-based platform management. With the fully managed software environment and a comprehensive firmware package, the unit is customizable based on the individual requirements of the installation. This enables the switch to consolidate even the most complex data flow architectures into one system and simplifies the development of application-ready high-quality platforms so that system engineers can reduce time-to-market by focusing their development efforts on the customer's application. Vertical markets for serial-switched CompactPCI and VME hardware environments include storage networks (NAS, SAN), telecommunication networks (IPTV, VoIP, Mobile), wireless radio network controllers (Tetra) and high-speed servers for aerospace and military applications. High-end medical and automation platforms also benefit from a bottleneck-free 10 Gb environment.

Feature set 

The CP6930 hot-swappable CPCI switch serves 24 GbE ports to the backplane or rear transition modules and six high capacity SFP+ 10GbE links at the front for high speed inter- and intra-connects plus 2 SFP 1 Gb ports. Utilizing these interfaces not only enables systems to cascade, but also enables the latest processor boards to be interconnected inside the system with highest bandwidth.
It supports all relevant standards, L2 and L3 switching, VLANs and QoS as well as routing capabilities. It provides a fully-managed software environment and comprehensive firmware package with seamless integration into the shelf and its shelf management by IPMI V1.5. It also supports hot swap capabilities and reliable field upgrades for all software components and contains dual boot images with rollback capabilities during upgrades. The system may be managed via SNMP with standard MIBs and command line interfaces over Telnet, SSH or serial lines.
The new high-speed switch complies with PICMG 2.0 R3.0 specifications, PICMG 2.1 R.2.0 hot swap specifications, PICMG 2.9 R2.0 system management, PICMG 2.16 R1.0 and VME64x VITA 31.1 packet switching backplane, IPMI specification V1.5, and ANSI/Vita 47-2005 and supports Ethernet and bridging protocols such as flow control (IEEE 802.3x), spanning tree (IEEE IEE 802.1D, 802.1W), and link aggregation (IEEE 802.3ad). The Ethernet implementation also supports QoS (IEEE 802.1p, ACL and DiffServ) on all ports, as well as VLAN, including VLAN registration with GARP/GVRP (IEEE 802.1q).
The routing capabilities include OSPF, RIP and VRRP support as well as Multicast routing using PIM-SM, PIM-DM and IGMP. The CP6930 supports reliable, redundant operation with support for dual-star fabrics for both switching and routing functions. The services include onboard event management, test and trace facilities, power on the shelf diagnostics, and the persistent storage of configuration across restarts. It also supports the retrieving and installing of multiple configurations.

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