MetaConnect 16 is a layer 1 switch specifically designed for latency sensitive applications such as trading, but can benefit any network without adding overheads.
At the physical layer it forwards bitstream-level data between ports in around 4 nanoseconds with full signal recovery and regeneration. MetaConnect is deterministic with virtually undetectable jitter because it doesn't buffer or queue any data. This also means that it can utilize 100% of the available bandwidth.
MetaConnect's state of the art signal integrity circuitry means that it can use almost any SFP/SFP+ including long-range multi-mode (LRM) as well as passive and active direct-attach copper cables, which can deliver significant cost savings.
In parallel with its uncompromising layer 1 switching, MetaConnect is packet-aware, allowing it to gather comprehensive packet statistics, provide signal quality monitoring and diagnostics (including signal quality eye diagrams) as well as timestamping and sniffing packets without affecting its fast data path.
Since MetaConnect's latency and jitter are virtually undetectable it can be used in a network as a remotely configurable patch panel, for one to many market data broadcast, ad-hoc tapping, media conversion, link monitoring and timestamping, with the same overhead as a metre of fibre and no degeneration of signal quality.
Why use MetaConnect?
Suitable for latency critical paths with 4ns port to port latency (averaged across all 16 ports)
Broadcast data from one source to many destinations with negligible latency impact.
Wire a rack once and configure remotely to:
reduce data-center visits and 'remote hands';
physically bypass failed links or cut off misbehaving devices;
Tap and monitor ingress/egress traffic to/from connected devices. Non-destructively move tap points. Share a packet capture device.
MetaConnect's high performance signal recovery and regeneration makes it possible to use a range of lower-cost third-party SFP/SFP+ modules (refer to our FAQ). You are not locked into a single supplier;
Convert between different network media types running at the same data-rate;
To act as a kill switch without adding latency.
What's the Advantage?
It´s amazingly fast with virtually undetectable jitter;
Provides packet statistics and monitoring across all ports to help troubleshoot and manage your network;
Signal integrity circuitry for reliability, performance and signal monitoring;
More rack-units for your money - MetaConnect replaces a rack loaded with separate devices to simplify your network architecture and free up valuable rack space.