Rugged PMC Ethernet Switch Cards

The Rugged PMC Ethernet Switch Solution for Embedded Networking Applications

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The Ballard MPR-ES-1 is a full-featured Ethernet switch PMC card. It features 8 fast switch ports and one GigE switch/uplink port brought to the card's P14 rear I/O connector. A second GigE port provides a direct host connection through an on-board Ethernet controller (NIC). The MPR-ES-1 operates as a simple unmanaged switch by default, or can be fully managed to control complex switch operations and gather detailed statistical data.

The CCPMC form factor allows easy integration with modern embedded computers, including VME, VME-64, cPCI, and VPX systems. Low power consumption and high MTBF ratings make the MPR-ES-1 an ideal choice for rugged, high-availability systems.

Ready for New System Designs


This MPR-ES-1 is a fitting choice for new system designs, or as a low-cost way to upgrade or expand existing systems. It provides reliable performance in applications such as:

  • High reliability/high throughput switching
  • Network bridging/segmentation
  • Red/Black network segmentation
  • VoIP and digital video
  • N-redundant network
  • Ethernet expansion for embedded systems
  • "In-chassis" or external networking
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System Diagram

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PMC Ethernet Switch Cards at a Glance

Key Features

  • On-board magnetics
  • 8 - 10/100/Auto (external)
    1 - 10/100/1000/Auto (external)
    1 - 10/100/1000/Auto (host)
  • 8K MAC address table
  • Full/Half duplex
  • Auto crossover detection
  • Independent MAC per port
  • IPv4 and IPv6 operation
  • IEEE 802.3 compliant
  • Extended temperature range


  • Managed or unmanaged operation
    (unmanaged by default)
  • Layer 2/3 support
  • Onboard management processor
  • Multiple management interfaces
  • VLAN
  • Quality of Service (QOS)

Health Monitoring

The switch collects information about card and network health, along with temperature data, and makes it available through the host or external GigE ports. Features include:

  • BIT (Built-In Test)
  • Temperature monitoring
  • RMON statistics counter
  • Port mirroring
  • Virtual Cable Tester

Ordering Information

The table below lists the PMC Ethernet switch models that are available for order and shipment today. For more information or to request a quote, call +1.425.339.0281 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Part NumberDescription
MPR-ES-1Ethernet Switch PMC, Includes manual and software CD

Note: Conformal coating option available

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