Kaparel, Rittal Debuts Full Mesh 13U 14-Slot ATCA Shelf

6/4/2003 - Kaparel and Rittal will introduce their Full Mesh 13U 14-Slot ATCA Shelf at their booth at the SUPERCOMM Show in Atlanta. The Kaparel/Rittal AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Shelf is the production version that follows the Developer Chassis introduced in January at the Bus & Board Conference.

The Rittal/Kaparel ATCA Shelf is intended for the next generation telecommunications systems and is designed to comply with the PICMGÒ 3.0 specification, ratified by the PICMG Executive Committee in December 2002. This unit’s unique features include stainless steel exterior, and a one-piece card guide platform (patent pending) that also provides EMI shielding. This 19" rackmount unit includes the 11401 Kaparel Full Mesh Backplane and distribution board. The system is available in two versions – one to accommodate the Intel "Colorado Springs" Shelf Management Controller (ShMC), and one to support the Force or Pigeon Point ShMC.

Both versions are CO (Central Office) ready, featuring redundant cooling using four of the patented Rittal RiCool blowers and will support 2 or 4 PEMs and 2 ShMCs for complete redundancy. The Shelf will accommodate 14 slots of 8U x 6HP x 280mm Boards and 14 slots of 8Ux6HPx70mm Rear Transition Modules (RTMs).

Kaparel’s Director of Engineering Jacques Houde, a member of the PICMG 3.0 subcommittee stated, "The Rittal/Kaparel ATCA Shelf has performed well in testing and in a recent full load test (14 slots at 200W) thermal imaging shows it runs very cool in operation. The Full Mesh Backplane was chosen as the introductory design for maximum flexibility and will also be available in Dual-Star and Dual-Dual Star architectures."

In addition to the production Shelf, Rittal/Kaparel also offer the ATCA Developer Chassis for developers of next generation telecommunications systems for bench applications. The AdvancedTCA specification is for next generation telecommunications equipment and aimed at further expanding the market for off-the-shelf, modular solutions for carrier grade communications equipment. PICMG also expects to see interest in AdvancedTCA from other industries such as data communications and military equipment manufacturers. Additional specifications include PICMG 3.1 for Ethernet fabrics, PICMG 3.2 for InfiniBandÒ, and PICMG 3.3 for StarFabric Interconnect, and PICMG 3.4 PCI Express AS.

Kaparel General Manager Tom Sutherland commented, " Kaparel/Rittal has been an active member of the PICMG 3.0 subcommittee since its inception and our Jardon Division completed the signal integrity analysis and backplane routing for the Full Mesh backplane and Rittal Corporation completed thermal testing under contract for the PICMG 3.0 subcommittee." Mr. Sutherland added, "This product is the start of our roadmap that will include 23-inch, 16 Slot Shelves and 3U x 4-slot horizontal Shelves."

The SUPERCOMM Exhibit 2003 is being held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta Georgia – June 3 – 5, 2003. Rittal/Kaparel are exhibiting in Booth 11141 – Hall C2.

Kaparel Corporation
Kaparel is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company that develops, manufactures, and globally markets high-speed backplane solutions to the Converging Communications market. From its pioneering work in CompactPCI bridge designs, Kaparel has quickly become a leader in many aspects of high-speed backplane architecture technology (www.kaparel.com).

Kaparel specializes in high slot count, hot swap and high availability systems and has custom designed over 250 high-speed and CompactPCI backplanes for major global telecommunications and computer manufacturers. Founded in 1996 (as the cPCI division of PixStream Incorporated), Kaparel is based in Canada’s Technology Triangle in Waterloo, Ontario and is a part of Rittal International (www.rittal.com), the world’s largest electronic enclosure manufacturer with offices in over 55 countries.

Rittal Corporation
Rittal is an international manufacturer of electronic enclosures systems, power distribution, network enclosures, climate control and terminal systems headquartered in Herborn Germany, with manufacturing and sales offices around the world. Rittal is one of the seven companies that are owned by the Friedman Loh-Group of companies, employing over 8,000 people worldwide.

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