Optical Fiber Cards expand Ethernet switch capability.

Press Release Summary:

When used with SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade Gigabit Ethernet switch, RazorBlade III-SX and IV-LX XMC Cards deliver 24 ports of wire-speed GbE performance over copper and optical fiber in single VME slot. System can be used to design intra-platform networks that link transformational IP-based networks on-board air, land, and sea vehicles for defense and aerospace applications. It may be remotely configured, monitored, and upgraded through secure set of interfaces.

Original Press Release:

XMC Optical Fiber Cards Enable Industry's Highest Density Copper/Optical VME Switching Solution

RazorBlade III-SX and IV-LX Optical Fiber XMC Cards expand the industry leading VME-680 SwitchBlade to deliver 24-Ports of Copper/Optical Gigabit Ethernet in a single VME slot

Leesburg, VA, September 6, 2005 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced two new optical fiber XMC modules, the RazorBlade III-SX and RazorBlade IV-LX, that, when used with the SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch, deliver 24-ports of wire-speed GbE performance over copper and optical fiber to comprise the industry's highest density, single slot VME switched solution. This new combination provides a powerful building block that can be used to design Intra-Platform Networks (IPN) that link today's transformational IP-based networks on-board air, land and sea vehicles for defense and aerospace applications.

Because optical fibers are insensitive to Electro-Magnetism Interference and Radio-Frequency Interference (EMIRFI) they are highly suitable for many military and communications applications where high signal quality, secure data transmission, and survivability are essential. With the new XMC-compliant RazorBlade SX (1000BaseSX) and LX (1000BaseLX) modules, system integrators can quickly and easily architect hybrid copper and optical fiber networks.

"Curtiss-Wright maintains its leadership position in delivering flexible and expandable VME switching solutions that include fiber optic networking for IP-based platforms," said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, Curtiss-Wright. "The new optical fiber RazorBlade XMC modules enable designers to expand the VME-680 SwitchBlade capability to a full 24 port switching solution in a single VME slot while allowing systems integrators to take advantage of optical fiber interfaces for secure, reliable data communication over gigabit Ethernet."

The SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade
Curtiss-Wright's 12/20/24-port SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade solution is the world's first VME form-factor, conduction-cooled, wire-speed, non-blocking, full duplex Gigabit Ethernet switch in a single VME slot. It was designed for use in rugged military/aerospace intra-platform networks (IP-based networks in air, land, and sea vehicles). The VME-680 SwitchBlade allows systems integrators to make high performance chassis-to-chassis, board-to-board, or even CPU-to-CPU connections over Gigabit Ethernet. The VME-680 SwitchBlade basecard is available in either 12 or 20 Gigabit Ethernet port configurations. With RazorBlade XMCs, the VME-680 SwitchBlade can be expanded to a full 24 ports. Systems requiring larger port counts can simply cascade 2 or more SwitchBlades.

Software Support
The management and control software integrated in the combined RazorBlade and VME-680 SwitchBlade solution, including the full suite of Layer 2/3 software protocols required for intelligent switching and routing of IP packets, provides rich functionality that systems integrators can leverage as their application's networking requirements grow. Systems may be remotely configured, monitored and upgraded through a secure set of interfaces, dramatically reducing system debug and maintenance costs.

The RazorBlade combined with the VME-680 SwitchBlade complements Curtiss-Wright's wide range of VME Single Board Computers, Digital Signal Processors, Graphics and Communications and IO products. For more information about Curtiss-Wright networking solutions please visit www.cwcembedded.com.

Pricing for the combined RazorBlade III-SX or IV-LX with the VME-680 SwitchBlade start at $17,800 USD in single unit quantities. For information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing Multi Computing products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (925) 640-6402; Fax: (510) 530-8563; email. jwranovics@curtisswright.com. Web site: www.cwcembedded.com.

Inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail: sales@cwcembedded.com.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is the industry's most comprehensive and experienced single source for embedded solutions, ranging from Processing, Subsystems, Data Communication, DSP, and Video & Graphics to the most advanced board level components and fully integrated custom systems. The Embedded Computing group serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. For more information about Curtiss-Wright visit www.cwcembedded.com.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.

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