To serve the military requirement for standard off the shelf hardware and software, Curtiss-Wright has introduced a new ready-to-deploy military network system, the single-slot GbE Switchbox measuring 12 x 8.25 x 3 inches.
Designed to ease the deployment of military Net-Centric operations and to extend the reach of its "transformational networks," the VME680-based SwitchBox is a fully-configured, managed Gigabit Ethernet multi-layer switching system designed for building Intra-Platform Networks (IPNs) for air, land, and sea vehicles.
The SwitchBox features a Natural Convection Cooled Chassis designed for use in -40C to +71C Operating Ambient Temperature environments. Built for harsh environments, the system is rated to withstand 0.15 g2 / Hz Vibration (per
Mil-Std-810E) and 40G Shock (per Mil-Std-810E).
According to Darwin Beckel, president and general manager of Subsystems Solutions at Curtiss-Wright Controls, the SwitchBox is able to perform deterministic forwarding (switching and routing) of control and data packets with up to 20 wire-speed 10/100/1000-Mbps interfaces that can be used to connect multiple chassis, cards, or even processors within platform networks.
Using star, dual star, mesh and hybrid network topologies, the SwitchBox can handle up to twenty 10/100/1000 Mbps non-blocking, auto-negotiating ports
at wire-speed performance.
Capable of fully integrated Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing, Quality of Service (QoS), IP multicast, security and network management, the SwitchBox also features an out of band debug 10/100 BaseTx Ethernet interface.
Powered by dual Broadcom BCM5690 managed switch devices in combination with a Motorola MPC8245 control and management processor, it incorporates 64Mbyte SDRAM with ECC, 4Mbyte boot flash, and 32Mbyte of configuration flash.
It comes with support for VxWorks operating environments as well as a full suite of Layer 2/3 software protocols required for intelligent switching and routing of IP packets.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing