Motorola First to Provide 2.16 Layer 2 and 3, 24-Port Gigabit Switch Based Platforms

9/25/2002 - Motorola Computer Group extended the family of building blocks that supports its Multi-Service Packet Transport Platforms (MXP) with the addition of PICMG® 2.16 CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane (CPSB) standard dual star gigabit Ethernet switch from ZNYX Networks, the leading provider of embedded high availability Ethernet for CarrierClassTM systems. ZNYX's ZX4900 is a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch providing 19 node card ports, 4 front panel Egress ports and a switch-to-switch port. OpenArchitect/HATM for Managed Switches—an extensible, open-standards software platform for the routing, control and management—is the control plane software environment. It provides Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 Internet Protocol (IP) routing, Layer 4-7 packet classification and filtering, a high availability Ethernet transport infrastructure and an extensible routing environment for creating value-added applications. The ZX4900 will be sampling in early 2003.

"Motorola continues to break new ground in open-standards high availability," said Connie Austin, president/CEO of ZNYX Networks, Inc. "With the OpenArchitect/HA suite combined with the MXP hardware, the solution for fault-tolerance is robust and complete. We also collaborated on the IPMI based chassis management design to enable flawless system integration."

Developers can fill the 18 slots of the MXP platform with resources that are designed to work together for next generation applications such as 3G radio network controllers, media gateways and server switches. Complementary building blocks in the MXP family include the Packet Computing Resource Board (PCRB), also announced; the Packet Processor Resource Board (PPRB); the 672-channel Packet Voice Resource Board (PVRB672); Motorola's 5385 Pentium CompactPCI controller blade; and the MCIP805 PowerPlus III Architecture CompactPCI application and control processor board.

"Telecom equipment suppliers are embracing Motorola's MXP family because it provides them with an extremely flexible, yet standard platform and set of supporting building blocks," said Paul Virgo, director of platforms marketing, Motorola Computer Group. "For example, as more developers demand higher channel density in a given space, the processing power required is being met by general-purpose processor boards that clock above 1 GHz and by innovative application-specific processor boards based on DSPs and network processors. These boards draw a significant amount of power so we've added a new dimension to the MXP platform. A typical CompactPCI equipment shelf on the market today supports 25-35 watts per slot, but with the MXP platform, equipment manufacturers can purchase an 18 payload slot platform that supports up to 50 watts per slot."

About the Packet Computing Resource Board (PCRB)
The Packet Computing Resource Board is a high-density CompactPCI blade for high speed processing of packet data typical in today's networking systems. The PCRB is a highly integrated and optimized multi-processing resource for packet data intensive applications such as content-aware switches, IP services gateways, 3G radio network controllers, IP control servers, VPN switches/routers and content-feature server switches. Gigabit Ethernet connections on Motorola's PCRB support the PICMG 2.16 CPSB standard to distribute multiple high speed packet streams throughout an equipment shelf. Two high-performance, integrated 64-bit multiprocessors—supported by high speed DDR SDRAM—enable the PCRB to process packets at extremely high speeds. The PCRB will be sampling in early 2003.

About the Packet Processor Resource Board (PPRB)
The Packet Processor Resource Board, built to work in systems that support the PICMG 2.16 CPSB standard, adds a network processor subsystem to the MXP platform, enabling it to manage data as control plane traffic, and for the first time on a single board, to process the data as bearer plane traffic at wire speed in its native packet format. This provides the low latency, real-time, end-to-end quality of service (QoS) capabilities for voice, video and data applications required in next-generation networks. As a protocol engine, it bridges different packet formats. As a routing engine, the network processor implements a wide variety of routing and QoS protocols. The multi-purpose PPRB can manage all these functions at traffic speeds up to OC-48 (2.5Gb/s) making it an extremely flexible network processor board for various telecom-networking applications. The PPRB is sampling now.

About the Packet Voice Resource Board (PVRB672)
The ComStruct PVRB672 is a carrier-grade CompactPCI Packet Voice Resource Board engineered to deliver up to 672 compressed voice channels for VoIP/VoATM with field-proven, long tail length echo cancellation. It is designed to enable telecom equipment manufacturers to significantly reduce cost per channel and power consumption in an open standard architecture that uses less space. The PVRB672 features a network processor; digital signal processor (DSP) array; physical PSTN, IP and ATM connectors, including CPSB connectivity; and can operate as a self-contained media gateway blade within a CompactPCI chassis or as a resource to a host controller board. It is supported by FACT-MG and FACT-MEGACO, Motorola's high-level software environments that abstracts a customer's application from the underlying packet voice hardware resources and is designed to speed time to market and help reduce risk. The PVRB672 is sampling now.

About Motorola's 5385 CompactPCI controller blade
Featuring a 1.2 GHz Pentium processor, the 5385 is Motorola's fastest ever CompactPCI board. It uses the Micron Copperhead chipset to support up to 2GB of 266 MHz double data rate (DDR) SDRAM, a high speed memory standard. It is also one of the first CompactPCI boards in the industry to feature a PCI-X internal bus for high speed on-board communication. Motorola has designed the 5385 to exploit this architecture by including dual gigabit Ethernet interfaces to support PICMG 2.16 CPSB switched fabric backplane architectures. Support for Motorola's Advanced High Availability Software for Linux makes the 5385 an ideal open architecture building block for mission-critical applications requiring 5NINES (99.999%) or higher service availability. It also supports PICMG 2.9 IPMI intelligent platform management interface and industry standard operating systems such as Linux, Windows® 2000 and VxWorks. An industry standard 32/64-bit mezzanine expansion site enables equipment manufacturers to add a PMC module to customize the 5385 and create an application-specific network blade. The 5385 is aggressively priced and is sampling now.

About the MCIP805 CompactPCI application and control processor board
The MCPIP805 series of CompactPCI application and control processor boards combines the latest high-performance microprocessors, Motorola's PowerPlus III Architecture, new dual 10/100/1000Mb/s capable Ethernet, enhanced PCI mezzanine card (PMC) slots (up to two 32/64-bit 33/66 MHz capable slots, depending on memory configuration) and the ability to support up to 2.5GB of ECC protected memory in a single CompactPCI slot. Using the high-performance MPC7410 processor, a new dual bridge architecture that also brings new DMA capabilities and two independent PCI busses, including a 64-bit local PCI bus for the on-board peripherals, the MCPIP805 offers maximum performance and flexibility in a most efficient package. Among other relevant standards, the series supports PICMG 2.16 CPSB switched fabric backplane architectures and PICMG 2.9 intelligent platform management interface and is also designed to be compatible with the proposed VITA 32 draft standard for processor mezzanines. The MCPIP805 is available now.

About Motorola
Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). It is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications, military and aerospace, medical equipment and industrial automation, with core competencies in services and training, design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities. IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized.

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