Upgrades For Radstone GBX16 Deliver IPv6, Optical Capabilities

World’s first fully rugged, fully optical, fully managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch Demonstrating once again its leadership in the field of networking solutions for defense and aerospace applications, Radstone Embedded Computing today announced two major new additions to its GBX16 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch – IPv6 capability and a fully rugged optically expanded variant for long distance applications.  The GBX16’s new IPv6 capability aligns with the Department of Defense’s move towards IPv6-capable solutions for all future programs within the Global Information Grid as it pursues its strategy of network-centric warfare.  IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is the evolutionary ‘next generation’ Internet Protocol and is intended to replace the current version, IPv4.  IPv6 is designed to overcome IPv4 limitations by expanding available IP address space (128-bit addressing), improving end-to-end security, facilitating mobile communications, enhancing quality of service (QoS) and easing system management.  The GBX16 gains IPv6 capability through a software upgrade which allows its SwitchCore silicon to classify and use IPv6 packets. Through this upgrade the GBX16 is capable of classifying IPv6 packets for policing, QoS and VLAN tagging. In addition to IPv6 support, the GBX16 now offers an optically extended variant via the fully rugged 12-port OXB (Optical Expansion Board). Aimed at long distance and/or electrically noisy networking applications, the OXB is mechanically attached to the base GBX16 such that the Gigabit Ethernet ports are routed down to the OXB’s optical transceivers. “The optically expanded GBX16/OXB combination is unique,” said Stuart Heptonstall, Product Marketing Manager at Radstone Embedded Computing.   “It is the world’s first fully rugged, fully optical, fully managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch.  Coupled with IPv6 support, the GBX16 is more advanced and more flexible than anything else available in the market today,” Available as a build option, the OXB allows up to sixteen optical Gigabit ports (four are optionally available on the base GBX16) to be implemented on the GBX16. The OXB is compliant with 1000Base-X, and is offered with short distance SX optics (up to 220m) or long distance LX optics (up to 10km).  Fully rugged air- or conduction-cooled versions are available.  IPv6 capability will be available as a standard feature on the GBX16 in the first quarter of 2005.  The optically expanded GBX16 with the OXB fitted is available immediately.