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OnTime Networks Augments Airborne- Grade Gigabit Ethernet Product Portfolio with the New Cloudberry Series

By CIOReview | Friday, October 16, 2015

DALLAS, TX: OnTime Networks, a provider of rugged, time synchronized Ethernet solutions for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, releases Cloudberry CM-4004F0-ITAP AERO Series, expanding its airborne-grade Gigabit Ethernet product portfolio.

Paving way to access data flowing across Onboard Network Systems (ONS) between two points, the Cloudberry CM-4004F0-ITAP-AERO is an airborne rugged non-intrusive four port inline Gigabit Ethernet network tap with filtering capabilities.

The CM-4004F0-ITAP-AERO comprises of four ports; J1, J2 and the two monitor ports J3 and J4 of which one can be used for management. The Tap explicit uplink and downlink data to the monitoring ports. It also incorporates s filtering capabilities to selectively pass data, based on VLAN ID to the monitoring ports for monitoring, analysis, processing and recording purposes.

"As ONS carry critical data, it is essential that airborne network tap devices offer a back-up (failure) mode in case of power loss or unit failure, to ensure connectivity between the two ONS nodes. This has been achieved with a bypass relay function and the introduction of a smart Build-In test (BIT) logic to monitor the boot process and continuous operation." explains Markus Schmitz, Managing Director, OnTime Networks.

The CM-4004F0-ITAP-AERO inline tap weighs less than two pounds with 10 Watts power consumption and MIL circular connectors making the unit well suited for low size/weight applications where electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is significant. The series meets the environmental needs of RTCA/DO-160 and MIL-STD 810G as well as the EMI/EMC requirements (Conducted & Radiated Emissions & Susceptibility) of MIL-STD 461F, MIL-STD-704F and 1275E.

The unit is optimized for Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) constraints and is able to withstand extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, humidity, dust, sand, water, and electronic interference making it ideal for aerospace and defense application. Transparent for critical links, the CM-4004F0-ITAP-AERO inline tap provides network data flow also in case of no power on the CM-4000 network tap and during any malfunctions on the CM-4000 network tap

Managed on HyperText Transfer Protocol (http), the CM-4004F0-AERO series is configured with five connectors, power input (J5) and 4 x 10/100/1000BASE-TX Ethernet ports (J1-J4). Furthermore, Military approved ruggedized connectors are used for both the Ethernet ports and the power connector.

"Unlike a network switch with mirroring capability, the CM-4004 is a true in-line network tap which eliminates the risk of dropping packets due to congestion on the mirroring ports. Network taps have been available for the commercial and industrial market for years, but there have been few, if any, truly rugged alternatives available," comments Pal-Jorgen Kylleso, CTO, OnTime Networks.