GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Announces First New Gigabit Ethernet Products In Neternity(TM)/OpenWare(TM) Family Of Embedded Switches

    RM921, RM922RC and CP921RC first to support OpenWare(TM) switch
management environment

    --  Fully managed

    --  6U VME and 6U CompactPCI form factors

    --  L-2 and L-3 switching and routing at wire-speed

    --  L-3 protocol support : OSPF, RIP and VRRP with IPv6 support

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., April 3 /CNW/ - Demonstrating the company's
commitment to providing solutions that are both backward compatible with
existing infrastructures and forward compatible with emerging requirements, GE
Fanuc Embedded Systems today announced three new products in the company's
recently-announced Neternity(TM) family.

    The new products, which are fully managed layer 2/3+ Gigabit Ethernet
switches and designed to handle the demanding requirements of a broad range of
applications including military, telecommunications and commercial, are the
Neternity(TM) RM921 6U VME switch; the ROHS-compliant Neternity(TM) RM922RC 6U
VME switch; and the Neternity(TM) CP921RC ROHS-compliant PICMG 2.16 6U
CompactPCI switch. All three switches support 24 copper ports, with the RM921
being optionally available with 12 ports, and are characterized by their
support of IPv4 for legacy communications environments and hardware enabled
IPv6 for future applications. (IPv6 is mandated by the US Department of
Defense for all programs from 2008.) Conformal coating is an option for all
three boards.

    The three new products are the first in the Neternity(TM) family to
feature the OpenWare(TM) switch management environment. OpenWare(TM) is
portable across switch fabrics and processor environments, is easy to
customize using the familiar Linux command line interface and is designed to
make selected GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Neternity(TM) switches easy to deploy
and easy to manage. Switch management is also possible via remote access or
using a management protocol such as SNMP.

    "Our line of fully managed IPv6-enabled switches brings cost-effective
high-speed network connectivity a wide range of challenging applications,"
said Rubin Dhillon, Communications Product Manager for GE Fanuc Embedded
Systems. "With our experience, knowledge and design practices, we have crafted
Neternity Ethernet switches that deliver exceptional performance while
operating in demanding environments."

    Neternity(TM) RM921

    The Neternity(TM) RM921 is an IPv6-enabled 6U VME fully managed layer
2/3+ Gigabit Ethernet switch with either 12 front I/O (single slot solution)
or 24 front I/O ports (dual slot solution). It also offers support of IPv4.
Port configuration can be all copper, all fiber or combinations of both. Also
optionally available are 100BaseFX ports so that both 100BaseFX and Gigabit
Ethernet interfaces can be supported on the same Network Interface Card, a
valuable feature for organizations migrating from 100 Mbit applications to
1000 Mbit applications. An industrial temperature version is available.

    Neternity(TM) RM922RC

    The Neternity(TM) RM922RC is an ROHS-compliant IPv6-enabled 6U VME fully
managed layer 2/3 Gigabit Ethernet switch with 24 copper ports (single slot
solution) via rear I/O.

    Neternity(TM) CP921RC

    The Neternity(TM) CP921RC is an ROHS-compliant PICMG 2.16 6U CompactPCI
fully managed layer 2/3 Gigabit Ethernet switch with 24 copper ports, and is
hot-swappable, minimizing potential system downtime. It is also compliant with
PICMG 2.1 and PICMG 2.9.

    About GE Fanuc Embedded Systems

    GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is a leading global provider of embedded
computing solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Featuring
a comprehensive offering that includes Intel(R) and PowerPC(R)-based Single
Board Computers, sensor processing networking products, avionics interfaces,
rugged flat panel monitors and complete computer systems, GE Fanuc Embedded
Systems can support the full range of embedded computing needs. GE Fanuc
Embedded Systems is part of GE Fanuc Automation, a joint venture between GE
and FANUC LTD of Japan. For more information, visit

    Neternity(TM) and OpenWare(TM) are trademarks of GE Fanuc Embedded

For further information:

For further information: GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Ian McMurray, +44 (0)
1327 322821

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