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Alliance unveils portfolio of Ethernet switches
Published:  15 April, 2008

More details have been released about the family of Ethernet switching products emerging from Rockwell Automation’s alliance with the networking giant Cisco, which was announced last year.

The partners are planning a portfolio of modular managed, embedded, fixed managed, and unmanaged, switches – all based on standard, unmodified Ethernet, optimised for use with Ethernet/IP. They are being jointly branded, with Rockwell using the Stratix name:

Rockwell Cisco switches


º  The Stratix 8000 modular managed switches (shown above) with 6–26 ports using copper or fibre media, will be available during the summer. They are based on Cisco’s Catalyst switch architecture and can be configured using Rockwell’s RSLogix 500 programming software, automatically generating Logix tags for integrated diagnostics and FactoryTalk View faceplates for status monitoring and alarming.
º  The Stratix 4000 embedded technology will allow Ethernet switches to be incorporated in products such as distributed I/O and, later, drives and programmable automation controllers. It will support high-performance daisy-chain and ring topologies (with ring make/break times of less than 1ms). A standalone three-port module will allow single-port Ethernet devices to link into these networks.
º  The Stratix 6000 fixed managed switches, already available, provide four or eight copper ports with the option of a fibre link to higher-level networks. Setup and diagnostic information is integrated into Logix using the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP).
º  Also available now are the Stratix 2000 unmanaged switches with four to eight ports, offering copper and fibre options. They do not need to be configured and are available in IP20-protected versions, with IP67 versions planned for later in the year.

Rockwell is also marketing a matching family of M12 and RJ-45 Ethernet connectors and adaptors.

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