Taiwan-based Accton Technology has joined the Open Compute Project and announced its plans to open source a design for a 10GbE top-of-rack switch and adapter to allow standard 19” rack switches to function in an Open Rack.
Accton said its Edge-Core AS5712-54X Top-of-Rack Switch will offer forty-eight 10GbE SFP+ and six 40GbE QSFP ports in a 1U form factor. The switch is based on Broadcom’s StrataXGS Trident II Ethernet Switch silicon, and has a CPU daughter module with an Intel Atom C2538 processor. The adapter is a mechanical sled that enables any standard 19” rack-mountable 1U network switch to slide into an Open Rack, with a means to secure the adapter to the Open Rack and provide cabling to the 12VDC bus bar. Accton plans to contribute complete design files for the hardware, including schematics, Gerber files, and mechanical design when the designs are accepted by OCP.