Quimper, France, April 24, 2018, Interface Concept introduces the ComEth4590a. The board is the first and only 3U VPX 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 3 switch currently on the embedded market which has two separate and independent on-board Ethernet switch matrices - one for the Data Plane and one for the Control Plane. These two separate switch matrices or packet processors are managed by two independent dual core processors. Each matrix supports separate instances of Interface Concepts Switchware network management which allows independent network configuration for features such as network optimization, monitoring and security.
In addition to offering the outstanding switching capabilities you’ve come to expect from Interface Concept, this high-performance Layer3 switch can be remotely configured by the Switchware web interface, SNMP or CLI interfaces. It features a total of 41 SerDes or Lanes routed to the rear VPX connectors as 1000Base-KX, 10GBase-KR or even 40GBase-KR4 ports and to the front panel as 10GBase-SR or 1000Base-SX fiber optical ports.
Moreover, the Cometh4590a is fully compatible with the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) required by the most recent high performance VPX systems, and it supports Precision Time Protocol (PTP) IEEE 15888-2008 (v2) for networks requiring sub-microsecond synchronization capabilities throughout the IP network.
The design density of the 4590a includes over 1500 components on a 3U VPX footprint. This, combined with the large volume of high-speed signal convergence to the backplane and the resulting need for heat dissipation management, made developing the 4590a quite challenging. It should be noted that while the Cometh4590a can operate in an air-cooled environment, it was designed primarily to be used in its available conduction-cooled environmental grade in conduction cooled systems. Port configuration across all grades includes 3*10Gigabit Ethernet front fiber interfaces.
The US DoD CMOSS (C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards) hardware convergence initiative is a good example of an application for the Interface Concept Cometh4590a, where it can be easily integrated with the latest Interface Concept High performance Xeon®-D SBC (IC-INT-VPX3e) and UltraScale™ FPGA platforms (IC-FEP-VPX3d).
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