Radstone rugged Gigabit Ethernet adapters now ready for Navy duty

Radstone Technology, the world's leading independent supplier of high-performance, embedded computer products for defense and aerospace applications, launches its second generation rugged Gigabit Ethernet PMC adapters. Gigabit Ethernet has been adopted by the U.S. Navy to run the next generation of modernized Navy shipboard networks. As Rear Admiral Kenneth D. Slaght, U.S. Navy Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command stated Feb 20th 2002 to the House Armed Services Committee, "Last year SPAWAR introduced Gigabit Ethernet (GIGe) technology as the common shipboard LAN architecture. Migrating to GIGe technology will reduce system complexity and lower life cycle costs. It is easier to install, set up, administer and maintain, is the industry standard, and requires 30% less operator training time." Radstone's PMC E2 series builds on the success of the first generation of Gigabit Ethernet adapters by extending operating temperature range to -40ºC and +85ºC extremes, making it particularly suitable for harsh environments such as deck-mount platforms, missile launchers and external sensor array systems. Optical connection is provided by PMC E2SX, which is fitted with a small form factor 1000 BASE-SX transceiver, suitable for multi-mode fiber. This is ideal as a technology insertion for 155Mbps and 622 Mbps ATM systems currently in Navy service, since it can re-use existing multi-mode fiber plant. For longer distances up to 10Km, 1000 BASE-LX transceivers can be fitted and these are suitable for single-mode or multi-mode fiber. Rear connection is supported by PMC E2R, which uses the P14 connector to the backplane. PMC E2R is intended primarily for use with conduction-cooled boards that have balanced tracking for high speed I/O signals routed to P0. PMC E2R can also be used to provide 10 and 100 Mbps rear connection for existing systems. With industry-leading throughput, low component count and automated configuration capabilities, PMC E2 offers performance and high reliability for today's mission electronics. - ends -