Military Embedded Systems

SOSA-aligned 3U VPX Ethernet switch designed for low-SWaP systems


February 11, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Interface Concept photo.

FRANCE. Interface Concept, company specializing in the design and manufacturing of COTS embedded boards and systems, announced the ComEth4412a, a 3U VPX dual plane hybrid PCIe Gen 3 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Switch, designed in alignment with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) technical standard.

According to the company, this leading-edge hybrid switch combines two separate switches: the Expansion/Data Plane Switch supports up to six 4-lane PCI Express Gen 1/2/3 ports with support for Upstream, Downstream, and Non-Transparent modes. The Control Plane Switch is a managed L2+/L3 Ethernet switch designed to be capable of supporting up to 12 Ethernet ports operating at one, 10, or 40 Gigabits per second.

Interface Concept also claims that the ComEth4412a is engineered to be suited to handle high-speed and heterogeneous PCI Express and Ethernet data flows in highly integrated Low-Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) systems. The ComEth4412a 3U VPX board has been developed in alignment with the SOSA Technical Standard and is compliant with the SOSA/VITA 65.0 switch profile SLT3-SWH-6F8U-14.4.15. 

The ComEth4412a is controlled through an intuitive interface available as a command line (CLI) or graphical user interface (GUI), in addition to SNMP. This interface is running on the on-board management processor and is part of Interface Concept’s feature-rich layer 2/3 switch management stack called “Switchware” which is intended to support various communication protocols, according to the company.


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