Transforming Networks - Creating Networks of tomorrow

The motivation for the product stems from today’s challenges in network technology. Networks face increasing requirements on latency as well as flexibility needs in face of IoT and Industry 4.0 and are prone to hacking and security risks.

The TrustNode, e.g., in its Research Edition, is the enabling platform for this transformation for research labs, R&D, certification and test, network operators and cloud service providers to flexibly customize networks to their needs. The key value lies in the TrustNode’s very low latency (2.5μs, Gigabit Ethernet), the easy setup and installation process alongside the various customization possibilities enabled for software defined networking. Hardware and software can be adapted to your needs using free processing resources (CPU) and free hardware resources (FPGA). This gives you a great power to accurately control packets in the network and to easily measure at high precision, which enables applications like custom data loggers, complex analytics, and network security measures.

TrustNode Specification

  • Atom processor (E3845; 1.9 GHz Quad-Core with 4 GB of RAM) running
    reference Linux distribution
  • FPGA type: Xilinx Artix-7 200T: XC7A200T-2FBG676
    (134.6 kLUTs, 269.2 kFFs, 12.8Mb BRAM) configured with the TrustNode router design, which can be modified or replaced by users. It consumes about 50% of the FPGA‘s resources
  • Ultra-low latency of 2.5 μs (cut through) and jitter below 1μs
  • Interfaces 12 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, Console port, USB3.0 and USB2.0 ports, and SD-Card interface to the Atom processor
  • Integrated systems monitoring and smart cooling
  • Supporting Synchronous Ethernet, i.e., frequency synchronization between network nodes to prevent packet loss
  • Xilinx FPGA-based low-latency data path combined with Intel Atom processor for software-based data plane processing and for control plane processing
  • Licensed reference FPGA design is a low-latency IPv6 router/switch that can be controlled by the Atom processor, and might be extended using languages like VHDL, Verilog, HLS languages (C/C++/SystemC), or MyHDL
  • FPGA design flow based on free Xilinx Vivado Webpack – no paid toolchain license necessary, no network connection to a license server required
  • SDN support through OpenFlow
  • TSN support (optional)
  • linuxPTP hardware-support (optional)
  • Support of battery-backed encryption keys for the FPGA design
  • Size: 19″, 1.5U (W 440mm, H 69mm, D 228mm), 2.5 kg

Don't hesitate to ask for special versions. We can provide custom versions, e.g., with an SODIMM connected to the main FPGA or with two SFP ports that can be used, e.g., for 2.5G GPON applications.

TrustNode researchTrustNode industrial
OpenFlow acceleration
High accuracy packet timestamping.
Robust 19" case
12GbE ports
2 SyncE Ports
usage❌ just R&D✔ full
IEEE 802.1AS
IEEE 802.1Qbv
IEEE 802.1Qci
SFP option✔ on request✔ on request
List Price7500€10000€



With support, you will reach your goals faster!


TopicList Price
TrustNode consulting, industry level1000€ per month
TrustNode consulting, research level300€ per month
Testbed & Demonstrator designtask specific


Interoperability Tests

22.06.2019LNI802.1AS, 802.1Qbv
11.06.2019IIC802.1AS, 802.1Qbv
after CoVid-19IxiaSwitching, 802.1Qbv, Qci

Use cases for the TrustNode

University teaching
What: The TrustNode is an ideal platform to teach students networking and FPGA skills
How: Comprehensive tool flow, reference designs
Why: Robust, full and easy accessibility, usability
5G wireless access networks
What: Synchronous, hierarchical 5G front-haul network
How: Highly accurate clock and time stamp distribution to wireless nodes
Why: Synchronous Ethernet and precision time protocol (PTP)
Industrial network integration
What: Time sensitive networking: Integration of the TrustNode in Industrial networks for real time data flow and maintenance
How: High bandwidth by using many 1G interfaces, scalable
Why: Up to 12 TSN ports, QoS support, low jitter (TSN = Time Sensitive Networking)
Wireless gateway
What: Network aggregation of wireless links
How: Low Latency and Low Jitter, many ports
Why: Shared central MAC controller, extension boards
SDN Offloading
What: Software defined networking, open flow and beyond
How: Flow Cache hardware acceleration and CPU control
Why: Open flow interface and RESTful interface for complex network stacks

TrustNode Family


  • Expandable, robust network evaluation and development platform
  • Loadable extension modules, e.g. TSN, scheduling cores, deep-package inspection, video compressing
  • View Datasheet
  • Line speed packet processing with low-cost FPGAs
  • Comfortable software control and easily extensible FPGA design
  • High accuracy packet control and traffic measurement
  • Software Hardware split for optimal performance
  • Ready for your container of LXC or Docker
  • Full featured Open vSwitch OVS openvswitch open vswitch

You need a trial? The device is also available for rent!

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InnoRoute TSN Demo Hannover Messe 2019

Application specific consulting2.600€ plus travel cost. Can be extended to e.g. 1.5 daysApplication specific consulting: two key experts with deep knowledge of HW/SW architecture evaluate together with your experts possible options to solve your specific requirements. Optimum HW/SW work split and customer specific device configuration will be worked out as well as eventual additional modules to be developed.
Hands-on trainingCost 900€ per day plus travel cost. Hands-on training: for up to 2 persons: this training is done by a TrustNode operation expert. It is intended for people working with the TrustNode using Linux CLI (command line interface) or scripting (PYTHON). Provides insight in TrustNode and FPGA configuration, Bitstream flashing etc.
Basic maintenance1.000€ per monthincluding 8 hours per month for customer specific work. Includes update of new features and the latest IEEE standards.
Best effort research maintenance300€ per monthIncludes update of new features and the latest IEEE standards.