GE Fanuc: VMEbus ‘managed’ Gigabit Ethernet switch platform


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Pricing for GE Fanuc Embedded Systems’ RM921 family starts at $4,000.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the availability of its new RM921, a family of VMEbus managed Gigabit Ethernet switches enabled with the new Internet IPv6 standard. The switch platform comes with 12 (single slot) or 24 (dual slot) front-panel Gigabit Ethernet ports, copper and/or fiber-optic connectivity options, conformal coating, and an optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink port.


“Managed” switches refer to applications where an operator interface is needed. The company’s Configuration Managed layer 2 switches are used where control or monitoring capabilities via local or remote access is required. “Configurable options offer flexibility in deployment of the switches and provide for a balance of price and performance,” says Lisa East, product marketing director for GE Fanuc Embedded Systems. Its premium line of Fully Managed layer 2/3+ switches provides much higher functional control and flexibility for all available switch options and features, East suggests.


Based on Motorola’s XPC8240 processor and multilayered Broadcom BCM56302 switch-fabric chip, RM921 has integrated layer 2/3 switching capabilities and can support layer 4-7 functionality as well, says the company. This family is compatible with current IPv4 deployments and can be fully managed via SNMP (simple network management protocol), Telnet, or a Web server interface.


“RM921 is a great addition to our extensive Gigabit Ethernet switch family,” says East. “By integrating support for the next-generation Internet Protocol, IPv6, we are meeting the rapidly changing technology requirements our military and defense customers.” The product was featured at the recent Bus & Board Conference–2006 in Long Beach, CA.

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering,

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