100-Gigabit Ethernet Done Right
Published in Military & Aerospace Electronics
Written by Aaron Frank
COTS suppliers have focused on increasing connectivity speeds within and between systems for decades, following the introduction of the VPX standard.
ASHBURN, Va. – One technology for building fast, capable systems is to provide high-speed connectivity among system components to transfer and share data quickly for modern signal and data processing.
The need for speed has become critical for modern sensors that rely on increased volumes of efficiently processed data. High speed connectivity between systems also enables more actionable information to be shared quickly, resulting in increased mission effectiveness and more integrated situational awareness.
To deliver the fast processing and information sharing that modern high performance embedded computing (HPEC) defense systems require, system designers must adapt to the latest proven technologies. However, it is not enough simply to provide high-speed connectivity between system components yet fail to support the ability to process all that data within the systems themselves.
100-Gigabit Ethernet products, such as the latest systems designed to align with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) technical standard, must be able to deliver full 100-gigabit performance throughout the entire processing chain or they will fail to achieve the true potential of this exciting new technology.
Senior Product Manager
Aaron Frank joined Curtiss-Wright in January 2010. As a Senior Product Manager within the C5ISR group, he is responsible for a wide range of COTS products utilizing advanced processing, video graphics/GPU and network switching technologies in many industry-standard module formats (VME, VPX, etc.). His focus includes product development and marketing strategies, technology roadmaps, and being a subject matter expert to the sales team and with customers. Aaron has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.
The SOSA™ Technical Standard 1.0 is a modular open system approach (MOSA) that defines a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture. The SOSA standard leverages OpenVPX™ to define card profiles with specifications for features such as pinouts, Ethernet capabilities, and serial ports.