GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces 6U CompactPCI 24-port NETernity™ Gigabit Ethernet Switches

  • High performance, high reliability
  • PICMG 2.16 compliance
  • Flexible port routing options
  • OpenWare™ Lite management (CP982RC)
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA December 11, 2007 Confirming the company’s leadership in developing state of the art solutions for advanced communications applications, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms today announced the 6U CompactPCI NETernity™ CP982RC and CP980RC 24-port Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet Switches. Both switches feature Layer 2 switching at wire speed. While the CP980RC is designed specifically to fulfill the requirements of customers looking for high performance, high reliability switching solutions at low cost, the CP982RC is targeted at applications that are not presently well served by vendors – the market for high performance , high reliability switches that feature some degree of management without the high cost of full management. Availability of OpenWare™ Lite on the CP982RC provides customers with the level of switch management they require but at a cost commensurate with its reduced level of functionality. “These two new switches add to our growing family of communications solutions, allowing us to offer our customers what may be the industry’s broadest range of cost-effective, high performance products that can provide the optimum response to a range of challenging applications,” said Rubin Dhillon, Communications Product Manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “Even better, our customers have access to a depth of experience and a breadth of expertise that is unequalled elsewhere, providing them with the confidence that they will receive comprehensive, professional support throughout the lifetime of a program.” The NETernity CP982RC, which has an onboard management processor, is characterized by its support of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ OpenWare Lite Switch Management Environment, which is available exclusively on selected Neternity configuration-managed Layer 2 Ethernet switches. Configuration and monitoring functions are accessible from a serial console or via a network. Supported access methods include Telnet, SSH and SNMP. OpenWare Lite is easy to deploy; features Linux®-based software allowing faster implementation and easy updates to firmware, using a familiar Linux command line interface; and remote Telnet user interface support, allowing users to select how they interact with the switch. OpenWare Lite is also portable across switch fabrics and processor environments. Front ports on the CP982RC can be 10/100/1000BaseT, 1000BaseLX or 1000BaseSX, while rear I/O ports are 10/100/1000BaseT. The CP980RC provides 10/100/1000BaseT support for both front and rear (copper) ports. On both the CP982RC and CP980RC, 24 (copper) ports are routed to the rear or, alternatively, 22 ports can be routed to the rear and two ports to the front. High availability hot swap is supported on both switches, and conformal coating is optionally available. About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company head-quartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions. For more information, visit ### Note to editors: High res image can be found at and Contact: Ian McMurray, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms +44 (0) 1327 322821 All trademarks are the property of their respective owners