Making the switch

Performance Technologies has introduced a Gigabit Ethernet switch capable of supporting the maximum bandwidth and slot density specified by the recent PICMG 2.16 standard.

Performance Technologies has introduced a Gigabit Ethernet switch capable of supporting the maximum bandwidth and slot density specified by the recent PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers’ Group (PICMG) 2.16 standard.

By offering two Gigabits of bandwidth to every slot of a standard 2.16 CompactPCI chassis, the CPC6400 enables developers to build an array of next-generation systems, such as multimedia gateways, wireless infrastructure equipment, an optical switching control systems.

The PICMG 2.16 standard itself is an extension to the PICMG 2.X family of specifications that overlays a packet-based switching backplane (PSB) architecture on top of the CompactPCI architecture. This creates an Embedded System Area Network (ESAN), enabling an Ethernet-based dual-star topology to exist within a CompactPCI chassis.

CompactPCI/PSB has been designed to allow developers to move data off the shared bus architecture of CompactPCI and onto a switched 10/100/1000 Ethernet based network topology. This enables all slots within the chassis to be interconnected by a deterministic and scalable point-to-point embedded network.

Using CompactPCI/PSB, throughput can be improved under some applications by as much as an order of magnitude, without affecting the legacy components or behaviour of the shared CompactPCI bus.

Pricing for the CPC6400 switch begins at $6995. It will be available June 2002.