A customisable Gigabit Ethernet Switch module for industrial, commercial and building automation data services has been introduced by LDD Technology. The standard LDD-ES8 module is an 8 port unmanaged Ethernet Switch on a PC/104-Plus form factor intended for use in embedded applications.
It features a high performance, low latency, switch able to handle full-rate gigabit packets on all ports simultaneously.
Auto-negotiation allows each port to operate at 10/100/1000 Mbits with dual LEDs per port to indicate negotiated speed and link activity.
Power is provided from the PC/104 stack or through a Molex Microclasp connector.
The LDD-ES8 module is designed for fully independent operation but a USB port is provided to allow monitoring of port performance if required.
Power consumption is typically 5W with all ports operating at 1Gbit/sec.
The switch module was developed in response to a number of enquiries for custom designed products from customers who had been unable to find suitable off-the-shelf products which met their performance, footprint and end product life requirements.
LDD Technology is able to offer a customisation service in the event that customers require a design with a different number of ports or in a different form factor.
The module has been designed using programmable FPGA technology which offers end users a further range of customisation options not normally found on competitive products based on dedicated devices with limited programmability.
This allows customers the option of including the functionality of the standard Ethernet Switch into other designs which may require Ethernet switching as part of a more complex system with additional interfaces or processing being included in the FPGA as required.