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CompactPCI Ethernet switch available with Carrier Grade Linux

May 14, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Network equipment provider (NEP) Performance Technologies has introduced a 24-port embedded Ethernet switch implemented in PICMG 2.16 format, along with a POSIX-compliant Carrier Grade Linux distribution. The CPC6620 features dual fiber 10Gb uplink ports, a PowerPC or x86 processor, and the company's CGL 3.2-registered NexusWare OS.

Performance Technologies (PT) registered NexusWare with the Linux Foundation's (formerly OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux 3.2 specification in October of last year — becoming the first NEP to roll its own CGL-registered Linux implementation. PT also joined the OSDL last year.

The new CPC6620 Ethernet switch targets high-bandwidth, high-availability systems. Cited examples include airborne or ship borne communications systems, media and signaling gateways, IP media equipment, telecom switching/routing infrastructure, and wireless infrastructure elements.

The CPC6620 belongs to PT's “Advanced Managed Platforms” line of off-the-shelf infrastructure equipment, which includes 4, 7, and 12-unit “application-ready” platforms. As such, it comes with high-availability middleware, and supports a range of operating systems, including Linux, Solaris, or Windows. The Linux option provides a “complete, integrated base platform for system designers looking to develop a wide range of applications,” the company said.

Other features include:

  • 2 x 10Gb uplink ports
  • Support for IPv6
  • PICMG 2.16 (CompactPCI packet switching backplane)
  • Remote shelf management

Hank Heneghen, director of product management, stated, “The CPC6620 represents Performance Technologies' commitment to providing customers with standards-based technology designed to allow them to concentrate on what's important to them — developing applications.”


The CPC6620 is available now in standard, ruggedized, and conformal coated versions.

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