Concurrent FX 210/018 Switched Serial Fabric Board

Concurrent Technologies’ FX 210-018 is a VXS packet switched serial fabric board, which operates alongside their range of VMEbus VXS packet switched single board computers. The FX 210/018 is an “unmanaged” embedded 1000Mbps baseband IEEE 802.3 switching platform, conforming to VITA 41.3, providing a low cost, low power, packet switching solution for voice/data communications.

Typically consuming less than 16 Watts, the FX 210/018 supports eighteen payload boards, an inter-switch link and up to four Ethernet ports on the front panel. The switch core contains a wire-speed, Layer 2, Quality of Service (QoS) switch fabric. The FX 210/018 supports VITA 38 system management, user configuration port and hot insertion/removal to the backplane. Extended temperature variants are also available, including -40°C to +85°C. Typical applications include networking equipment, VoIP telephony systems, data management and multiple blade servers.

Concurrent FX 210/018 VITA 41.3 VMEbus VXS Switched Serial Fabric BoardUtilizing the Marvell(R) Prestera(R) 98DX240 single chip serial switch device, the FX 210/018 sustains full duplex full wire speeds on all twenty-four ports. Ports 1 to 18 are used for connection to the VXS payload boards. Port 19 and port 20 form a x2 SerDes inter-switch link to connect to a second FX 210/018 board for switch redundancy or load balancing. And, optionally on the front panel, ports 21 to 24 are via four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces or ports 21 to 22 are via two 1000Base-SX multimode optical fiber interfaces.

The switch device “learns” and caches up to 8192 MAC addresses in its forwarding database. The switch can handle time-critical/multimedia traffic such as voice, video and data as it utilizes four hardware priority queues (fixed or fair-weighted) per port and supports a range of QoS traffic classifications: port ID, IEEE 802.1p and IPv6. The board’s health and status can also be monitored via an IPMB0 interface to an on-board microcontroller, providing system management support compatible with VITA 38.

For applications that require an embedded serial switch in an industry standard VXS chassis, the FX 210/018 provides a reliable low power switch. The payload boards govern the operating system requirements.

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