Rugged Switch Solutions Shrink GbE Connectivity Costs

Rugged Switch Solutions Shrink GbE Connectivity Costs

According to Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, its SMS-652 Rugged Switchbox line-replaceable unit (LRU) and VPX3-652 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch line-replaceable-module (LRM) solutions significantly lower the cost of adding network connectivity into new and legacy defense platforms. The 7.75- by 9.2- by 2.5-in. MS-652 is a fully MIL-qualified, standalone 16-port GbE switch LRU for SWaP-C constrained environments, targeting airborne communications systems, sensor data acquisition, and data-processing applications on limited-space platforms such as UAVs. Its switching fabric provides non-blocking wire-speed gigabit performance for 16 ports of 10-, 100-, or 1000-Mbit/s Ethernet connections. The VPX3-G52 offers up to 20 ports of copper Ethernet connectivity in a single 3U slot, and includes IPMI functionality for system-level health management. Configurations include 16 ports of tri-speed 1000Base-T backplane connections, or 12 ports of 1000Base-T plus eight ports of 1000Base-X (SerDes) connections. The OpenVPX switch card supports advanced network architectures in a single-slot SWaP-optimized rugged module. Applications include space-constrained C4ISR and EW subsystems to support network communications within the subsystem, as well as connect externally to other subsystems within the platform.


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