2/19/2003 - The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG®) has completed the second in a series of AdvancedTCA (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture) interoperability workshops aimed at proving out the technologies in the recently completed PICMG 3.0 AdvancedTCA base specification. The Jan. 29-30 event in Hillsboro, Ore. included equipment from 11 companies, including chassis, backplanes, CPU boards, switch boards and management controllers.
This second event tested the initial interoperability of the system management elements of the specification and built on the success of the first event, which tested electromechanical aspects of the specification, including form factor, fit, and power distribution.
"The comprehensive system management features incorporated in the PICMG 3.0 AdvancedTCA specification are bringing a new level of flexibility and interoperability to open architecture systems," said Rob Davidson of Intel, PICMG's Vice President for Marketing. "This Workshop emphasized a key subset of these features, including addition and removal of field replaceable units, power management, hot swap, and dynamic reconfiguration while maintaining full management visibility."
Additional interoperability workshops that focus on different areas of AdvancedTCA are planned for the coming months, culminating in a series of "plugfests" for full systems starting in May.
Participants in the January Workshop included APW, Asis, CG Mupac, Elma Electronics, Force Computers, Intel, Motorola, RadiSys, Rittal/Kaparel, Pigeon Point Systems and Schroff/Pentair Enclosures - all Executive or Associate members of PICMG and participants in the 3.0 technical subcommittee. RadiSys Corporation hosted this event at their Hillsboro headquarters and contributed the necessary facilities, power, and test equipment.
The AdvancedTCA specifications for next-generation telecommunications equipment are aimed at further expanding the market for off-the-shelf, modular solutions for carrier grade communications equipment, a move that was begun by the highly successful CompactPCI® specifications (PICMG 2.x series).
PICMG also expects to see interest in AdvancedTCA from other industries, such as data communications and military equipment manufacturers. Additional specifications in the series include PICMG 3.1 for Ethernet fabric, PICMG 3.2 for InfiniBand, PICMG 3.3 for StarFabric Interconnect and PICMG 3.4 for PCI Express architecture.
Anyone with an interest in AdvancedTCA technology may subscribe to PICMG's AdvancedTCA reflector (or listserv) at no charge - instructions on joining the list are on the Web at www.picmg.org/newinitiative.stm#Reflector. Companies manufacturing products that comply with AdvancedTCA specifications, even non-members of PICMG, are invited to list them in PICMG's free online product directory, at www.picmg.org/picmg_cfmfiles/generalv3/search1.cfm?bus=AdvancedTCA.
Founded in 1994, PICMG is a consortium of over 600 companies that collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. The members of the consortium have a long history of developing leading edge products for these industries. For more information on AdvancedTCA or to view a short form version of the 3.0 specification, visit www.advancedtca.org/.
For information about PICMG membership, or to find out how to obtain PICMG specifications, visit the PICMG website at www.picmg.org or call PICMG headquarters at (781) 246-9318.
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