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RCHD-SPARX - NETWORKING SWITCH SOM

High performance small footprint L2/L3
Ethernet solderable switch SoM.

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RCHD-SPARX
High Performance
Networking Switch SoM

  • Dual-core 1 GHz Arm® Cortex®-A53
  • up to 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • up to 200 Gbit/s bandwidth
  • up to 8x 25 GbE ports
  • 65 configurable Ethernet ports
  • L2/L3 switching with QoS
  • PCIe 3.0
  • PoE controller
RCHD-SPARX Networking SOM

High performance switch

RCHD-SPARX provides functionalities of a high performance switch in a small form factor solderable SoM. Up to 200 Gbit/s of switching bandwidth. Packed with hardware and software networking features.

65 configurable Ethernet ports

High number of 1/2.5/5/10/25 Gbit/s ports allows for flexible configurations delivering high throughput and multi-port aggregation – for a maximum of 65 ports, up to 200 Gbit/s total bandwidth, with physical interfaces delivered through a dedicated baseboard. Its 105°C industrial temperature range allows Orchid Networking Switch System on Module to be implemented in harsh environments.

Graphic representation of Ethernet ports connected to a computer device

RCHD-SPARX Orchid Networking Switch
System on Module - Specification

SoC Microchip Sparx-5 Ethernet Switch - VSC7552, VSC7556, VSC7558
CPU Architecture
  • 1 GHz dual-core Arm® Cortex®-A53 for switch management
  • Arm® Cortex®-M3 for PCIe bootup and POE management
Memory DDR4 SDRAM with ECC support (1, 2 or 4 GB)
Ethernet
  • 128, 160 or 200 Gbit/s total switching bandwidth
  • 65 Configurable Ethernet ports (65 MAC address range)
  • Sample configuration: 8x 25 Gbit/s + 12x 10 Gbit/s + 24x 2.5 Gbit/s
  • Support for QSGMII, USGMII, USXGMII, HSGMII, SGMII, 10GBASE-R, 25GBASE-R
Mass storage
  • eMMC (4 – 64 GB)
  • EEPROM (32 KB)
  • SPI NAND flash for bootloader (8 MB)
  • Optional M.2 NVMe via baseboard
PCIe 1x 3.0 PCIe configurable as root complex or endpoint mode
Other Interfaces
  • SPI
  • I2C
  • GPIO
Debug
  • JTAG
Software support
  • Linux 5.16 and newer
  • U-Boot
  • Yocto
  • Buildroot
  • FreeBSD
Additional features
  • EEE1588 Precision Time Protocol & SyncE Synchronous Ethernet
Power supply 5 V
Dimensions 75 mm x 80 mm

RCHD-SPARX - Baseboards

Planned Baseboard Options
  • Baseboard A:
  • 8x 25 GbE SFP28
  • 12x 10 GbE RJ-45 PoE++
  • 12x 5 GbE RJ-45 PoE++
  • Baseboard B:
  • 8x 25 GbE SFP28
  • 48x 2.5 GbE RJ-45 PoE++
  • Baseboard C:
  • 8x 25 GbE SFP28
  • 12x 10 GbE SFP+
  • 12x 5 GbE RJ-45 PoE++
Baseboard features:
  • Ethernet OOB management and debug
  • PoE power supply delivery
  • Redundant power supply support
  • I/O voltage monitoring
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Fan speed monitoring and control
RCHD-SPARX Networking SOM

Networking Switch System on Module is applicable for

  • Network aggregation for base stations
  • Industrial networking
  • Video surveillance
  • Network storage and data buffering
  • Enterprise L2/L3 management (L3-Lite)
  • Enterprise edge networking
  • WiFi aggregation
  • Embedded and control plane switches
  • Security appliances
  • Baseband processor interconnections
  • Customer Premises Equipment

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