MetaConnect 48

48 Port Layer 1 Switch

MetaConnect 48 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 48 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 any connected device. 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 media types running at the same data-rate;
  • To act as a kill switch without adding latency.

What's the Advantage?

Features and Benefits

4ns Latency Provides a host of features and yet it is barely detectable in the network. 
Crosspoint Switch Acts as remotely configurable patch panel, kill-switch or bypass for failed links. “Wire once” to reduce visits to the data-center.
Port Mirroring Replaces taps to monitor or share feeds such as market-data with full regeneration and no additional overhead.
Media Conversion Reduces costs by converting between different media types running at the same rate. e.g. convert from high cost fibre to lower cost copper.
Flexible SFP/SFP+ support Allows the use of less expensive modules that are boosted by Connect’s high performance signal recovery and regeneration.
Protocol Agnostic Connects any bit-stream with regeneration to improve signal quality.

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core Features
  • SFP/SFP+ ports from 100M-11.3Gbps
  • Bit-for-bit forwarding for any protocol
  • Unlimited port-to-port mirroring with regeneration
  • Multiple independent links through the device are supported at different
  • High performance signal recovery, regeneration and conditioning (EDC on input,
    CDR on input and output)
  • Packet statistics and precise timestamping

ultra low Latency
  • 4ns latency
  • Same latency for 1-n port mirroring
  • Virtually no jitter
  • Completely non-blocking

Cable Compatibility
  • Compatible with SR, LR, ZR and LRM SFP/SFP+ modules and
    direct attach cables
  • Drive any MSA compliant SFP/SFP+ module
  • Works with long list of third-party SFP/SFP+ modules (see FAQ)
  • 100M, 1GbE, 10GbE and others

Redundancy & Data Center
  • 1 rack unit (1RU)
  • Dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies (DS460S)
  • Dual redundant, hot-swappable fans
  • Fan and power supply replacement kits are available
  • Front-to-back or back-to-front air flow

  • Packet statistics captured on every port (valid packets, invalid packets, link state)
  • Eye diagram for monitoring and troubleshooting signal quality
  • Front panel LEDs for port activity and status
  • Ports can be “sniffed” via the management system
  • Precise timestamping without additional latency (via port tapping - see use cases
    for more details) or on egress port at approximately 300ns for non-latency critical paths
  • Fully managed SFP+ interface diagnostics including light levels, temperature and voltages

Management Platform
  • Dual-core, hyperthreaded x86-64 CPU
  • 2GB RAM, 64GB on-board SSD
  • Industry standard command line interface (serial/SSH/telnet)
  • Web-based GUI
  • Linux based (shells, scripting, Python, RPMs etc.)
  • Binary compatibility with other x86-64 based Linux systems
  • Firmware restore and update via USB, serial and network

management Protocols
  • HTTP/S, SSH, telnet
  • Serial console
  • PTP, NTP
  • SNMP v1, v2, v3
  • DHCP
  • Local and remote syslog
  • RADIUS and TACAS+ authentication

operating environment
  • Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
  • Humidity: 10% to 85%, non-condensing
  • Maximum altitude: 3000m (9800ft)

physical and electrical
  • Dimensions (h x w x d): 4.3 x 44.8 x 37.9cm (1.7 x 17.6 x 14.9in)
  • Weight: ~7kg (15.4lbs), depending on configuration
  • Maximum power: 190W
  • AC voltage range: 100-240V, AC frequency: 50/60Hz
  • DC voltage range: 40-72V

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