GarrettCom Introduces 32-Port Substation Switch for Fiber-Rich Deployments

TAMPA , Fla., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- GarrettCom(TM), Inc., Fremont, Calif., today announced its newest convection-cooled managed Ethernet switch, at the DistribuTECH 2008 Conference and Exposition here. Targeted at the power utilities industry, the...


TAMPA , Fla., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- GarrettCom(TM), Inc., Fremont, Calif., today announced its newest convection-cooled managed Ethernet switch, at the DistribuTECH 2008 Conference and Exposition here. Targeted at the power utilities industry, the highly configurable, substation-hardened Magnum(TM) 6K32FC offers up to 16 standard fiber ports or 8 Gigabit (Gb) ports in a rack-mount space-efficient package. The Magnum 6K32FC will be on exhibit at the GarrettCom booth: 1018.

For use in fiber-rich power utility substation applications, the 6K32FC supports double the number of standard fiber ports and double the number of Gb ports as the company's popular Magnum 6K32TRC switch. A typical application may include fiber connectivity to IEDs, RTUs, HMI computers, routers, video surveillance cameras, smaller field switches, and other managed switches including multiple Gb backbone interconnections and redundancy.

In addition, the 6K32FC has the highest energy efficiency of any rack-mount substation switch. Utilizing a patent-pending static thermal design, the 6K32FC is a "green", environmentally-friendly product. The product utilizes techniques such as internal heat barriers, multiple heat sinks throughout the unit, extra cooling space and premium high-efficiency components to optimize cooling efficiency.

"Fiber is the cabling media of choice in industrial networking because of its superiority in areas such as noise-immunity, distance, security, bandwidth, ground loops control, and overall network reliability," said Frank Madren , GarrettCom President. "The 6K32FC provides a new level of fiber flexibility and configurability in the substation networking market."

The Magnum 6K32FC Managed Fiber Switch comes with comprehensive LAN software support, network management security and ease-of-use features and is available in two versions: MNS-6K basic and MNS-6K-SECURE.

The four configuration slots in the Magnum 6K32FC support more than 30 port modules offering a comprehensive variety of port types and combinations, including Power over Ethernet (PoE). The modular Magnum line offers power options including AC and -48, 24, 125 VDC with Dual-Source. Conformal coating for high-moisture or corrosive environments is available.

For more information on GarrettCom's Magnum 6K32FC Managed Switches see http://www.garrettcom.com/techsupport/hardware/datasheets/6k32fcds.pdf

About GarrettCom

GarrettCom, Inc., Fremont, Calif., is an industry leader in providing networking solutions for challenging industrial environments, including manufacturing, power utility substations, telecommunications, oil and gas facilities, traffic control and video surveillance. The company's products provide a comprehensive industrial network architecture encompassing a switched Ethernet core, distributed edge devices for both Ethernet and Serial protocols, and secured connections to various WAN services. For more information on GarrettCom and its products, visit http://www.garrettcom.com.

Magnum and GarrettCom, are trademarks of GarrettCom, Inc. Ethernet is a trademark of Xerox Corp.

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