NMW 2003: Cisco launches Ethernet switch
Chicago, IL—To extend intelligent Ethernet solutions to the factory floor, Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, CA) unveiled its Cisco Catalyst 2955 Series, which is a rugged switch for harsh environments, on March 3 at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2003 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Chicago, IL— To extend intelligent Ethernet solutions to the factory floor, Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, CA) unveiled its Cisco Catalyst 2955 Series, which is a rugged switch for harsh environments, on March 3 at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2003 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Catalyst 2955 is a compact, 12-port LAN switch that combines wire-speed Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with intelligent switching services, including security, availability and quality of service, which Cisco reports is provided end-to-end by the Cisco Catalyst family.
"The rapid adoption of industrial Ethernet devices reflects an industry rapidly transitioning from proprietary, multiple-network environments on the factory floor to one standards-based Ethernet network," says Kathy Hill, vp and gm of Cisco's desktop switching business unit. "By deploying Cisco Catalyst 2955, manufacturers receive not only the interoperability benefits of a standards-based solution, but also the ability to improve productivity by extending Catalyst intelligent switching services company-wide."
Catalyst 2955's intelligent switching features include security for controlling access to automation networks; high availability with redundant power supplies, network performance monitoring, simple equipment replacement and multicast traffic management; and quality of service for deterministic performance of critical control traffic.
In addition, Catalyst 2955 includes industrial-grade components, compact size, passive cooling and relay output signaling. It's also rated to operate at -40 °F to 140 °F, and is designed to with-stand extreme vibration and shock environments.
Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
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