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Mistral unveils 'highest density' PHY switch

Posted: 31 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mistral? Curtiss Wright? GLX4000? physical layer switch? crossbar?

Mistral Solutions Pvt Ltd has announced the availability of the new GLX4000 series of physical layer switches, touted to have the highest density in the industry. These products are the latest addition to Curtiss-Wright's family of LinkXchange products.

According to the company, the new device is a non-blocking, crossbar switch that enables a wide variety of input signals to be connected to any of its 288 output ports. It comes equipped with hot-swappable power supplies, fans and port cards. This network product is aimed at providing a cost-effective solution for connecting a set of high-precision equipment to multiple systems that need to be monitored, tested or validated.

The product can be used in a manufacturing line where different products can be tested for various parameters by switching them to measuring equipment connected through the switch. Target users could be electronic component manufacturers, electronic finished goods manufacturers, R&D laboratories with a centralized test and measurement facility connecting to various "systems or units under test."

Mistral said the new product provides network designers with flexibility and power as it enables all devices to be connected "under test," after which all topology changes or fault tests can be made through the GUI and CLI. Automating the wiring and configuration process can help eliminate human errors and greatly increase the accuracy of the network topology, the company said. Cost savings can also be realized as the product supports the sharing of expensive resources such as analyzers, sniffers or data recorders. These resources can be connected to the switch and shared among users and departments.

The system chassis can accommodate up to six hot-swappable 48-port interface blades configured to support SFP or Firewire (1394B) at speeds up to 4.25Gbps and can also be configured to accept direct Firewire connections at rates of up to 1600Mbps, said Mistral.

Software support for the switch includes Curtiss-Wright's LXplorer GUI software for switch configuration management and allows the user to monitor the health of the switch chassis and port cards. Additional software support includes the GLX4000 LINUX operating system, controlling firmware, and nonvolatile port configuration data, all of which reside on the module.

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