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6U VPX Ethernet Switch

ethernet switch

Amphenol Aerospace has developed a new 6U VPX Ethernet Switch -- the second in a series of ruggedized Ethernet Switches that provide an unmatched level of flexibility to meet any system requirement. The 48-port 6U VPX-managed Ethernet Switch is configurable for system connectivity, speeds, port types, and interoperation with various high-speed media converters and connectors for system interfacing. The new 6U VPX switch is a form, fit, and function replacement to the GXB-460.


The configurability to meet system requirements is achieved through superior product design. For starters, each port is capable of 10G Ethernet -- some ports can either be configured as 10G-Base-T (also supporting 100-Base-T and 1G-Base-T) or 10G-Base-KR (also supporting 1000-Base-X and SGMII). The switching throughput is up to 480 Gbps when using all 48 ports on the switch. In addition, the switch is non-blocking and low-latency for high-throughput architectures and applications. While the backplane is providing the highest densities of port count, the front-panel connections operate with various copper/fiber media converters and high-speed system connectors. Finally, the management software provides a command line interface, SNMP, and other web-based options for configuring the switch. It is capable of a full complement of virtualization, quality of service, security, tunneling, precision time protocol, and other capabilities.



  • Up to 48 channels of 10 GbE interfaces on a single card. Many of the ports are configurable between
    10G-Base-T and 10G-Base-KR. While the ports are all 10G capable, they also work in 100M and 1G modes.
  • Line rate forwarding up to 480 Gbps
  • Configurable for multiple backplane pinouts and profiles
  • Highly managed multi-layer switching services to include multicast, QoS, and security features
  • Precision time protocol (IEEE 1588v1/v2) support
  • VITA 46 6U VPX available in conduction-cooled -40 to +85C environments as well as harsh vibration profiles



Highly Rugged Vibration Tested Media Converters

These new media converters have been tested through Apache gunfire vibration and designed in on some of the most rugged airborne applications on earth.


Part Number: CF-020011-40X

  • Converts Six channels of fiber optics at up to 4.25Gbps data rates to high-speed copper using Amphenol Octonet contacts
  • Fiber inputs are 850nm multimode optics but can be configured for single mode
  • Input power is brought in over separate MIL-DTL-38999 and is compatible with a wide range of DC voltages
  • -40C to +85C operating temperatures and meant for the most rugged of aerospace applications
  • Vibration tested through Apache gunfire
  • LED indicators show when optical signals are present on the receivers
  • Flexible to support additional channels if needed



Part Number: CF-020011-35X

  • Converts one channel of copper high-speed signaling at up to 4.25Gbps data rates to high-speed fiber optics using Amphenol M29504 contacts
  • Fiber outputs are 850nm multimode optics but can be configured for single mode
  • Input power is brought in over a copper cable and is compatible with a wide range of DC voltages
  • -40C to +85C operating temperatures and meant for the most rugged of aerospace applications
  • Vibration tested through Apache gunfire
  • Flexible to support additional channels if needed


Amphenol provides a high performance ruggedized Quadrax contact, known as FiberQuad, that embeds a fiber optic transmitter or receiver within the contact itself, along with the support electronics to provide a plug-and-play solution to our customers.
The contact is flexible enough to be a transmitter or receiver, support many wavelengths and modes, and support multiple protocols, including those which encoded and pathological. The contact fits within a standard Quadrax contact and can be installed in plugs and receptacles meant for Amphenol Quadrax 38999 connectors.


  • Each Quadrax contact can contain a fiber optic transmitter or receiver
  • Support for speeds up to 4.25Gbps
  • Support for 1300 multi-mode (for legacy protocols such as 100-Base-FX), 1310nm
    single-mode, and 850nm multi-mode wavelengths

  • Support for encoded data as well as pathological data
  • Each contact can be installed in any Amphenol Quadrax 38999 Connector
  • Onboard diagnostics and control
  • Operating temperatures: -40C to +85C
  • Transmit enable pin for transmitters
  • Loss of signal pin for receivers


  • Ethernet
  • Fibre Channel
  • ARINC-818
  • PCI-Express
  • Infiniband
  • SDI / HD-SDI / 3G-HD-SDI
  • Many others



Amphenol Aerospace adds CTF-RJ45 to the CTF (Copper to Fiber) Media Converter Product Family. This product line utilizes standard fiber and copper connectors and contacts.



  • Standard contacts and connectors
  • Extend a 1000BASE-T communication line up to 120km
  • Simple integration
  • Low power consumption: 1-2 Watts
  • Reduce system weight with fiber optics
  • Small form factor
  • Virtually eliminates any EMI/RFI interference



  • Industry standard M29504 contacts
  • Also available in MT or ARINC-801 configuration
  • Multimode or Single Mode fiber
  • MM up to 500 m | SM up to 120 km
  • Standard MIL-DTL 38999 13-4 connector



  • Compatible with Ethernet IEEE 802.3
  • Standard RJ45 interface
  • Standard MIL-DTL 38999 size 13 shell




Amphenol Aerospace introduces LightConex™blind mate optical interconnect for 6U and 3U embedded VPX boards. LightConex™ integrates a 40Gbps optical transceiver, 120G optical transmitter, and 120G optical receiver into the module connector saving board space and eliminating cables.

The low profile backplane connector is a drop-in replacement for the standard Vita 66.4 connector. It includes springs to ensure a solid MT to MT connection under extreme shock and vibration.

The low profile module connector (6.5mm) mounts to the board via an LGA connector to facilitate optics as an option. It is offered as a 4-channel transceiver, a 12 channel transmitter or a 12-channel receiver. All module connectors operate at up to 10.3125 Gbps per lane from -40 to +85°C at ultra-low bit error rates of 10-15. The module connector also includes equalizers and pre-emphasis to compensate trace impedance.


    • Rugged: MIL STD 883
    • Moisture resistant: Sealed
    • Small (DxWxH): 14 x 23 x 6 mm
    • Bandwidth: 10.3125 Gbps/ch
    • Temperature: –40oC to +85oC
    • Operating temperature range: -40°C to +85°C
    • Reach: 300m, multi-mode
    • BER: 10–15
    • Low power: 1.2W
    • Data interface: CML


  • Board Mount: LGA
  • Configurations: 4TRx, 12Tx, 12Rx, 12TRx


  • Vita66.4 drop in replacement
  • Spring loaded MT
  • Coarse and fine alignment
  • Low Profile - 10mmF


  • VPX Single Board Computers
  • Phased Array Radars
  • Single processing computer

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Amphenol Aerospace
40-60 Delaware Avenue
Sidney, NY 13838-1395



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