Belden releases new switches for faster data transfer

US company Belden has released a new version of its Hirschmann brand Layer 3 backbone switches – devices which allow engineers to transfer larger quantities of data faster without compromising network availability or performance.

The DRAGON MACH4000/MACH4500 series offer redundant power supplies, new and more advanced interfaces and variants with either four or eight ports that can be set up for 2.5 or 10 Gigabit speeds.

The product features are designed to help engineers in data-rich industrial sectors connect OT and IT networks and progressively transition to 10 gigabit speeds, maximise availability with redundant backbone infrastructures, and transition from 1 gigabit networks to 2.5 and then to 10 gigabits as network bandwidth requirements increase.

Sebastian Preiss, product manager at Belden, said that the update to the MACH4000 switch would help engineers handle evolving data requirements and ensure their networks are performing at the highest level.

“Increasing data density is making it challenging for engineers to get information from the field level to the control room quickly and on time,” Preiss said.

“They need a way to keep up with demand and move larger quantities of data, without compromising reliability or availability.”

The company said the product was best suited for applications that require high bandwidths and reliable data transfer, especially in transportation scenarios, including mass transit systems like railways and train stations, airports and rail-rolling stock. Manufacturing, oil and gas and power transmission and distribution applications would also benefit, it said.

Belden is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.