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January 14, 2013 - Managed G302 and unmanaged G303 support full or half duplex operation, fast non-blocking store-and-forward switching, and auto-negotiation as well as Layer 2 switching. Each switch provides up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports on back or 3 ports on front panel and 13 on rear. In peripheral slot, switches can take over tasks for connecting external devices without any software overhead. In system slot, switches foster multi-computer architectures with CPU cards plugged into peripheral slots.

New GigE Switches from MEN Micro Fit CompactPCI Serial Applications

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Men Micro Inc.
P.O. Box 4160
Lago Vista, TX, 78645-4160

Press release date: January 10, 2013

AMBLER, Pa. – MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, now offer two 3U CompactPCI Serial-based Gigabit Ethernet switches for high data processing and versatile I/O implementations. Each switch provides up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back or three ports on the front panel and 13 on the rear.

Both the managed G302 and the unmanaged G303 switches support full or half duplex operation, fast non-blocking store-and-forward switching and auto-negotiation as well as Layer 2 switching.

Compliant to EN 50155 for railway operation, the new switches are ideal for use in rugged applications. Operating temperature is -40°C to +85°C with shock and vibration tested in accordance with EN 61373. The built-in test mechanism increases the switches’ reliability in communication-based operations.

The switches’ CompactPCI Serial architecture provides flexible integration into any rugged system. In a peripheral slot, the G302 and G303 can take over typical tasks for connecting external devices without any software overhead. When used in the system slot, these full-mesh switches foster powerful multi-computer architectures, where CPU cards are plugged into the peripheral slots.

The fault-tolerant G302 has the ability to restore itself. If a link is temporary unavailable, frames can be sent via backup or redundant links, eliminating data loss.

The G303 can function similar to a managed switch with fixed settings via an application-specific configuration EEPROM. This allows the switch to offer features atypical of an unmanaged switch, including 802.1p priority and port-based priority, port-based VLAN or IEEE 802.1q VLAN IDs.

Pricing for the G302 starts at $810 USD; pricing for the G303 starts at $538 USD.  Delivery is six to eight weeks ARO.

For additional information, visit (G302), (G303) or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail:

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About MEN Micro Inc.
Since its inception, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom embedded boards and systems that employ the highest technology and innovations. The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in industrial and safety-critical applications.

MEN Micro offers more than 100 standard embedded boards and systems based on Intel and PowerPC with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software as well as a host of custom solutions.  In addition to CompactPCI, CompactPCI PlusIO, CompactPCI Serial and VMEbus SBCs, the company’s products include DAL and SIL certifiable safe computer assemblies; ESMexpress, ESMini and ESM Computer-On-Modules; PMC, XMC and M-Modules as system-independent mezzanine I/O standards; box and display computers; and network components, gateways and Ethernet switches.

Starting with development, through design-in and beyond, MEN Micro provides its customers with advice and support as well as environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. MEN Micro is the US subsidiary of MEN Mikro Elektronik in Germany, which has over 200 employees worldwide and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.
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