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Comtrol Launches Extended Temperature Compact Industrial Ethernet Switch Series

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — November 21, 2013 — Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device connectivity products, today announced the release of the RocketLinx® ES8508-XT series of industrial managed Ethernet switches. The introduction of this new 8-port switch series extends Comtrol’s popular RocketLinx line of industrial Ethernet switches by providing the convenience of both copper and integrated fiber Ethernet ports in a compact, extended temperature range switch ideally suited for deployment in factory, traffic and railway applications. Like all RocketLinx switches, the ES8508-XT series meets the performance and environmental criteria for demanding applications with an extended operating temperature, rugged design, and broad security and performance features including VLAN, QoS, and RSTP/MSTP support. The new RocketLinx ES8508-XT model includes eight (8) 10/100BASE-TX ports while the ES8508F-XT models (Single-Mode and Multi-Mode) feature six (6) 10/100BASE-TX and two 10/100BASE-FX SC fiber ports. All three switches meet EN50121-4 EMC and IEC 61373 vibration standards for railway applications.

“The introduction of the RocketLinx ES8508-XT switches respond to the growing requests for a smaller, fiber-integrated counterpart to our successful ES8510-XT series of transportation and industrially focused switches,” stated Brad Beale, President of Comtrol, “The ES8508-XT series delivers the same security and management features found in our other managed ‘XT’ switches but in a smaller, economical package with NEMA TS2 traffic certification and a high level of immunity to both electromagnetic interference and vibration.”

The ES8508-XT series also supports Modbus TCP/IP for integration with factory networks and includes the latest technologies to ensure reliable, high-bandwidth data communication including a 32Gbps switch fabric for real-time non-blocking data transmission, dual 10-60VDC redundant power inputs (positive or negative), redundant network topology support, and a high performance ARM9 processor with an embedded hardware watchdog timer for system reset and recovery.

About Comtrol Corporation

For more than 30 years, Comtrol Corporation has been a manufacturer and provider of quality networking and industrial data communication products, specializing in industrial Ethernet and device connectivity. With representation across North America, EMEA, Asia and Latin America, Comtrol sells RocketLinx™ industrial grade Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switches, DeviceMaster® Ethernet device servers and gateways and RocketPort® multiport serial cards through distributors, resellers and integrators worldwide. Providing exceptional product and technical support, Comtrol establishes solutions for a wide range of security, energy, industrial automation and traffic and transportation applications. For more information, contact Comtrol Corporation at 800‐926‐6876 or visit

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