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Diamond Systems unveils stand-alone Epsilon-12G2 switch

24 Dec 2013

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Diamond Systems has launched Epsilon-12G2, a rugged, managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch module that offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbit/s copper twisted pair ports and two small form factor pluggable (SFP) sockets in a compact COM Express form factor. The 14-port gigabit, stand-alone Ethernet switch is designed for harsh environment applications, such as industrial, on-vehicle, and military settings.

The new stand-alone switch does not require any host computer interface. A 480MHz MIPS processor embedded directly into the switch manages all switch functions. The processor is accessed via an in-band web interface over one of the Ethernet ports or via an out-of-band command-line interface over an RS-232 serial port. The integrated web interface provides an intuitive GUI for configuring and managing all switch functionality.

On-board memory holds dual application images, boot code, MAC addresses, and other parameters, and can also be used for program execution.

Designed for use in rugged applications, including industrial, on-vehicle, and military environments, Epsilon-12G2 operates over an extended temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C. All I/O connectors are latching, providing enhanced reliability over the RJ-45 connectors used in commercial Ethernet switches. A 50 per cent thicker PCB provides better protection against vibration in vehicle environments. The +5 V to +40 V wide range DC/DC power supply is compatible with all common vehicle and industrial power sources.

The switch's dual SFP socket interfaces to 1 G fibre Ethernet networks. One port can operate at an enhanced 2.5 G to support efficient stacking of two switches together for a combined total of 26 ports.

Epsilon-12G2 comes with all the required firmware preconfigured, enabling immediate operation without any development effort.

The Epsilon-12G2 14-port gigabit managed Ethernet switch is currently shipping. Single unit pricing starts at $800. A separate cable kit is available: CK-EPS12G2.

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