Eight-port GbE switch is customisable, says LDD Technology

LDD Technology has introduced the LDD-ES8, a customisable Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch module for industrial, commercial and building automation data services.

The standard LDD-ES8 module is an eight-port, unmanaged Ethernet switch on a PC/104-Plus form factor and is intended for use in embedded applications. It features a high performance, low latency, switch that is able to handle full-rate Gbit packets on all ports simultaneously. Auto-negotiation allows each port to operate at 10/100/1000Mbits with dual LEDs/port to indicate negotiated speed and link activity.

Power is provided from the PC/104 stack or through a Molex Microclasp connector. The LDD-ES8 module is designed for independent operation but a universal serial bus (USB) port is provided for monitoring of port performance, if required. Power consumption is typically 5W, with all ports operating at 1Gbit/sec.

The LDD-ES8 GbE switch was developed by LDD Technology in response to a number of enquiries for custom-designed products from customers. LDD Technology offers a cost-effective customisation service for customers that require a design with a different number of ports, or in a different form factor.

The module has been designed using programmable field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology which offers end users a further range of customisation options. Customers have the option of including the functionality of the standard Ethernet switch into other designs which may require Ethernet switching as part of a more complex system with additional interfaces or processing being included in the FPGA as required.

LDD Technology provides a range design services to meet the needs of customers from development houses to major international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).  LDD has FPGA and programmable logic design expertise and in-depth knowledge of devices from major semiconductor manufacturers including Intel, Xilinx, ARM and Microchip.

LDD Technology can meet customer needs whether providing custom-designed cores, FPGA designs or integrated solutions including circuit design, board layout and embedded software, from a single board to a complete system.



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