Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted, proven supplier of rugged networking solutions, has announced the newest addition to its family of Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)-based network switches with the introduction of the VPX3-655, the industry’s first 3U OpenVPX Ethernet switch module to provide up to 20 high-speed Ethernet ports. The VPX3-655 is ideally suited for today’s highly connected, size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained systems. This versatile open standards-based switch module provides system designers with the flexibility to architect Ethernet connectivity both within the chassis and externally to other destinations on the platform. Its versatility also includes support for a wide range of Ethernet data rates, including 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps and 40Gbps Ethernet connections. It delivers backplane connectivity at the highest speeds (1/10/40GbE), while also supporting external 10GBASE-T connectivity via low-cost twisted pair Ethernet cable. The VPX3-655 is designed for use in converged processing systems that provide high-speed 10G or 40G network links between processors and also require flexible high-speed connectivity to external sensors, datalinks, and other systems. The module also provides Multicast support to ensure efficient data distribution.