SwitchX®-2 Ethernet Optimized for SDN

SwitchX®-2, the sixth generation switching IC from Mellanox, further improves the company's tradition of leading bandwidth, low-latency, and scalability by integrating Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic on a single 'one-wire' fabric. The industry-leading integration of 144 PHYs which are flexible enough to run 1Gb to 14Gb speeds per lane, makes SwitchX-2 an obvious choice for OEMs that must address end-user requirements for faster and more robust applications. Reduced power, footprint and a fully integrated PHY capable of connectivity across PCBs, backplanes as well as passive and active copper/fiber cables allow interconnect fabrics based on SwitchX-2 to be utilized by network architects to deploying leading, fabric-flexible computing and storage systems with the lowest TCO.

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  • Software Defined Networking Optimized
    • Complete support for OpenFlow
    • Remote configurable routing tables
  • Industry Leading Cut Through Latency
  • I/O Consolidation
    • FC Gateways (NPIV)
  • Virtualization Support
    • VEB, VEPA (+), Port Extender
  • Data Center Bridging (DCB)
    • 1, 2 and 4 Lane
  • Up to 4Tb/s switching capacity
  • Flexible Port Configurations
    • Up to 36 40/56GbE Ports
    • Up to 64 10/20GbE Ports
    • Up to 24 2/4/8Gb FC Ports
  • Adaptive Routing
  • Congestion Control
  • Quality of Service 802,1p, DIFFSERV
  • Switch Partitioning
  • Multichip Support
    • All ports support stacking
    • Management across multiple devices
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet
  • IEEE 1588 Clock Synchronization
  • Active Power Governor
  • IPv6 Ready
    ETHERNET
  • 1, 10, 20, 40 and 56Gb/s
  • DCB (PFC, ETS, DCBX)
  • FCoE
  • COMPATIBILIITY

    CPU
  • PowerPC, IntelX86, AMDX86 and MIPS
  • PCI EXPRESS INTERFACE
  • PCIe 3 compliant, 1,1 compatible
  • 2,5GT/s or 5GT/s link rate x4
  • CONNECTIVITY
  • Interoperates with Ethernet, Fibre Channel, CNA adapters and switches
  • Drives active/passive copper cables, fiber optics, PCB or backplanes
  • MANAGEMENT & TOOLS
  • Supports Mellanox UFM and IBTA compliant Subnet Managers
  • Diagnostic and debug tools
  • I/O SPECIFICATIONS
  • 36 40/56GbE ports, 64 10/20GbE ports, 24 2/4/8Gb FC ports or a combination of port types
  • SPI Flash interface, I2C
  • IEEE 1 149,1 boundary-scan JTAG
  • Link status LED indicators
  • General purpose I/O
  • 45 x 45mm FCBGA
Mellanox SwitchX®-3 10GbE and 40GbE switches have been tested and qualified by the UNH-IOL 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Consortiums. The results from the Optical Interoperability testing performed on the adapters can be accessed through the following links:
SwitchX 10GigE Interoperability Report
SwitchX 40GigE Interoperability Report

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