Crystal Group Raises a Ruckus with Rugged Network Switch at AUSA

Crystal Group’s new rugged network switch keeps critical electronics connected in even the most extreme environments.


Hiawatha, IA, USA, October 10, 2017 – Crystal Group, a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged and reliable computer hardware, takes the enterprise-level Ruckus® wired solutions to harsh environments with its new RCS7150 high-performance, rugged network switch, making its debut at AUSA 2017 in Washington, D.C., October 9 – 11 at booth 6514.

Keeping devices connected in all operational environments, no matter how harsh or extreme the elements, is of the utmost importance to help ensure safety and mission success. The RCS7150 is designed to meet this specific need, and further exemplifies Crystal Group’s dedication to delivering rugged, reliable systems with the best and most robust enterprise-level capabilities to warfighters everywhere,” said Jim Shaw, Crystal Group Executive Vice President of Engineering.

Crystal Group’s RCS7150 Rugged Switch in a 12-port configuration delivers up to 240 gigabits per second (Gb/s) stacking bandwidth, up to 68 Gb/s full duplex switching capacity, and up to 51 maximum packets per second (Mpps) forwarding capacity. The 24-port configuration delivers up to 480 Gb/s stacking bandwidth, up to 132 Gb/s full duplex switching capacity, and up to 98 Mpps forwarding capacity.


Crystal Group rugged network switches combine enterprise-class functionality and MIL-SPEC environmental performance to provide reliable, high-throughput connectivity and data handling in deployed environments. The RCS7150 intelligent, scalable, edge switch solution is based on the Ruckus ICX® 7150 Series stackable switch with a 9.75-inch depth available in 12- and 24-port configurations. Crystal Group’s latest network switch is housed in rugged, lightweight, and compact enclosure – a choice of transit case or 19-inch rack with strain-hardened, aircraft-grade aluminum – designed to survive harsh environments, including extreme temperatures or high shock and vibration.

The Crystal Group RCS7150 Rugged Network Switch supports IPv6 routing, offers plug-and-play functionality, and is compatible with industry command line technology enabling the integration of multiple units into a single logical unit addressable with a single IP address.

Both 12- and 24-port configurations of the RCS7150 are available in a 1U form factor and weigh just 8 pounds. Mounting for the unit complies with the EIA-310 19-inch rack standard using Delrin® glides or a fixed mount. Crystal rugged switches are designed for extended temperature ranges between -40°C to +55°C.

Crystal Group is demonstrating the new RCS7150 Rugged Network Switch in booth 6514 at the 2017 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 9th through 11th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Contact Crystal Group for a quote or more information on RCS7150-12/24, available now.


About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc., a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializes in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. An employee-owned small business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides the defense, government and industrial markets with in-house customization, engineering, integration, configuration management, product lifecycle planning, warranty, and support services.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards (MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901); are backed by warranty (5+ year) with in-house support; and are manufactured in the company’s Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, facility certified to AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards.


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