Abaco launches new Ethernet switch for 6U VME systems

Brings enhanced security via support for latest release of OpenWare switch management.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— Abaco Systems recently announced the GBX25 Level 3 Managed 6U VME NETernity Ethernet Switch. It provides flexibility in configuring 6U VME network support and handling almost any network configuration. The GBX25 represents the optimum switch solution for any user planning to create new systems based on the 6U VME architecture, or planning to refresh existing systems.

Typical applications for the GBX25 include mission computing; fire control; radar; and sensor/video aggregation and networking. It is also appropriate for industrial and automation applications.

For existing users of Abaco’s GBX24 and RM921B, the GBX25 represents a 100% pin-compatible technology insertion opportunity, delivering a simple upgrade in capability and performance, while guaranteeing long term availability. It also represents an enhancement for systems using Abaco’s RM922, GBX16 and GBX16A switches.

The GBX25 also provides support for the latest release of Abaco’s OpenWare switch management environment designed specifically for the military/aerospace environment, bringing new levels of flexibility, manageability and security.

A single flexible platform, the GBX25 allows virtually all 6U VME Ethernet switch solutions to be architected with a single product, whether front or rear (or both) I/O, copper or fiber, 1G or 10G. Up to four 10G SFP+ modules brings the ability to aggregate multiple 1G channels together. The 10G functionality makes it possible to use the switch as an aggregator of multiple video/sensor data streams to be sent via one or more 10G uplinks to other systems such as data servers or mission computers.

The use of SFP modules also brings the ability for customers to configure the GBX25 to fit their application precisely, and not be constrained by fixed configurations. Having a common platform allows for engineers to use the GBX25 in multiple systems without the need to relearn the capabilities of the product or how to configure the management software.

The dual I/O variant will offer up to 40 switched ports (24 rear VME ports and 16 front panel ports), potentially allowing for a single switch to replace two others that would need to be configured independently in existing systems. It can also make an important contribution to minimizing slot usage in a system, reducing its SWaP (size, weight and power) profile.

The maximum non-blocking switching bandwidth of 340Gbps in the highest density version of the product provides more than sufficient headroom for even the most demanding applications.

Supported interfaces include 10/100/1000BASE-T, 100BASE-FX, 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, 10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-LR. 

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