Kontron Adds Managed 8-port TSN Switches to its Industrial Ethernet Solutions

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

Kontron is expanding its industrial switch product line with high-performance and cost-effective managed 8-port TSN switches. The different versions of the KSwitch D10 MMT will be available in early Q1/2022 and offer both RJ45 and SFP fiber interfaces up to 2.5 Gb/s with full TSN feature-set and management.

Kontron's new KSwitch D10 MMT family is suitable for Fast- and Gigabit networks and is specifically designed for use in industrial environments. In addition to a compact design, the switches offer the possibility to interconnect machines, controllers and other devices in a future-oriented way based on Time Sensitive Network Ethernet (IEEE 802.1 TSN).

All TSN standards, such as IEEE 802.1AS, 802.1Qci, 802.1Qav, 802.1Qbv, 802.1Qbu/3br and 802.1CB, as well as IEEE1588 v2 are supported.

The implemented management allows the user to structure Quality of Service, VLANs and IGMP-functions in industrial networks and to program the TSN network. Optionally, a Netconf implementation for TSN network functions is available.

All variants of the KSwitch portfolio, therefore also the new KSwitch D10 MMT switches, can be flexibly combined with each other, making it easy to build a future-oriented TSN or standard Ethernet automation solution. The switches operate at high performance while reducing power consumption. Further cost savings result from the use of standardized RJ45, as well as optional SFP (Small Formfactor Pluggable) slots. SFPs are available as modular, optical or electrical transceivers for fiber optics or "direct attach copper". Due to the compact design in DIN-Rail mounting, the space requirement in the control cabinet or industrial rack is greatly reduced.

The KSwitches of the D10 MMT series have a high-quality metal housing, which predestines them for use in rugged environments. They can be deployed at temperatures from -40° C to +75° C as standard; they also support a wide supply voltage range of 12 to 56 V DC. With the robust power supply and high electrical immunity, the KSwitch D10 MMT variants operate safely and reliably even in harsh production environments with strong magnetic fields or unstable voltage supply.


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