Eurotech: Parvus Unveils COM-1268, First 10-Port PC104+ Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module with Management, IPv6 QoS

COM-1268 GigE Switch Delivers High Bandwidth and Port Density for Rugged PC104+ Embedded Systems

Amaro, (Italy), January 12, 2010 – Eurotech subsidiary Parvus Corporation unveils the COM-1268, a rugged 10-port PC104+ Gigabit Ethernet switch card designed for robust networking performance under extreme shock/vibe and thermal conditions common to aerospace and defense applications. A follow-on to Parvus’ highly successful 5-Port PRV-1059 10/100 switch board, COM-1268 delivers twice the port density, ten times the bandwidth, and the addition of management capabilities for local/remote control and monitoring, while retaining the small form factor of PC/104-Plus (3.550” x 3.775”).

The COM-1268 Layer 2 GigE switch comes extended temperature rated (-40 to +85C) and equipped with ten 10/100/1000Mbps ports for networking IPv4 and IPv6 compatible computing devices. Managed by an onboard microprocessor, the product supports IPv4/IPv6 Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritization, Virtual Local-Area Network (VLAN) trunking, Simple Network Management (SNMP), and Rapid Spanning Tree (RSP) redundancy.

An ideal solution to enhance situational awareness and IP network centricity, the product is available as a standalone board or integrated into a military-hardened Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) switch subsystem (DuraNET 1268), mobile router subsystem (DuraMAR 3230), or mission computer platform (DuraCOR 810-Duo). No additional processor is required to operate the board, and power can be drawn through either the ISA/PCI buses or 2-pin power connector (for non-PC104 systems).

The COM-1268 is designed with industrial components and comes with thermal heatsink plates to simplify systems integration and conductive cooling. A rugged, impedance-matched backplane-style connector brings out high-speed Gigabit Ethernet signals, along with an RS-232 serial console for CLI management, status LEDs, and declassification. An out-of-band 10/100 Ethernet port is also available for Web GUI management of port settings. Up to four of the board’s switch ports can support fiber optic connections. If additional port density is desired, any of the GigE ports can serve as a link for cascading multiple switch modules, while an onboard infrared interface supports recognition and management of two stacked COM-1268 boards under the same console interface.

Availability
Limited quantities of COM-1268 boards will become available in February 2010. Contact sales@eurotech.com for pricing and updated availability information.

About Parvus
Parvus Corporation is a leading supplier of rugged COTS computing and IP networking subsystems for Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) constrained military, aerospace, and homeland defense applications. Parvus’ tactical mission processors, network routers and Ethernet switch products provide highly reliable command, control, computing and communication (C4) capabilities for situational awareness and mobile data processing in airborne, ground vehicle, and naval installations. Parvus was founded in 1983 and is part of the Eurotech Group (ETH.MI), a world leader in small form factor and high performance computing with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.parvus.com.


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