Rugged Gigabit Ethernet switch for avionics and space introduced by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 3 Aug. 2015. Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged A661 standalone, managed, Layer 2/3 IPv6 48-port Gigabit Ethernet switch for military, aerospace, and low-Earth-orbit space applications.

By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 3 Aug. 2015. Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged A661 standalone, managed, Layer 2/3 IPv6 48-port Gigabit Ethernet switch for military, avionics, and low-Earth-orbit space applications.

The embedded computing switch offers many of Gigabit Ethernet ports in a robust military qualified enclosure. It can interconnect several subsystems to pass data across a rugged broadband network.

The radiation-tested and qualified A661 is for interconnecting weapons platforms to multiple independent data servers creating large, compute clusters and interfacing to data archive drives.

The compact 2 x 24 Gigabit Ethernet switch unit comprises two of Aitech’s Series 400 conduction-cooled C660 24-port Ethernet switches encased in a durable, lightweight, cold plate-cooled enclosure. It is EMI/RFI-protected and housed in a rugged chassis to withstand severe shock and vibration as well as exposure to environmental elements, such as altitude, humidity, and temperature extremes.

Complete with its own operating system (OS) and Ethernet application, this new, managed switch requires no additional user code and functions and operates as a stand-alone unit.

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An integrated, low-power, radiation-tolerant ARM Sheeva CPU core operates at 800 MHz, acting as a management and service processor and interfacing with a high-speed DDRII-320 MHz memory controller.

The C660 boards within the A661 support Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing and switching for all 48 ports via a Marvell Presera 98DX4122 multi-layer packet processor. All ports support connections up to 1000Base-T and offer many features such as auto negotiation, auto MDI/MDIX, HOL blocking prevention and flow control (IEEE 802.3x).

To enhance reliability and serviceability, the A661 includes BIT (Built-In Test) and board management devices including a system power controller, elapsed time recorder, temperature sensors and a real time clock.

For more information contact Aitech online at www.rugged.com.

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