On the occasion of the embedded world, MEN Mikro Elektronik presents an Ethernet switch to extend its CompactPCI Serial portfolio. The G301 completes the offer of CompactPCI Serial boards for individually building up a complete system and convinces with its robustness and speed thanks to the new standard.

The 3U CompactPCI Serial Ethernet Switch G301 is equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports via RJ45 or M12 connectors in order to comply with the fast serial PICMG standard. Optionally, a fifth Gigabit Ethernet port can be made accessible at the rear via the J6 connector.

Thanks to the integrated self-test mechanisms, the Gigabit Ethernet switch is a very reliable component in communication systems and supports full and half duplex, fast non-blocking store-and-forward switching and autonegotiation as well as Layer-2 switching. The G301 is fault-tolerant and restores itself automatically: If a link is temporarily unavailable, it will work again after the disturbance without any restart or reset.

The board supports power-over-Ethernet (PoE) with power sourcing equipment (PSE) for up to four external devices with a total power consumption of 28W.

Using a configuration EEPROM, the G301 can be exactly tailored to each application’s requirements (fixed management configuration). This includes features such as 802.1p priority and port-based priority, port-based VLAN or VLAN-IDs according to IEEE 802.1q.

The Ethernet switch has especially been developed for mobile communication in harsh environments and is certified for operation in the extended temperature range according to railway standard EN 50155.

All components are soldered to withstand shock and vibration and are prepared for conformal coating.