9/8/2003 - NMS Communications (Nasdaq: NMSS), trusted supplier of communications products and services, participated in the 5th AdvancedTCA (Telecom Computing Architecture) Alpha Interoperability Workshop (AIW), an event designed to test the performance and compatibility of AdvancedTCA equipment against the standards in industrial computing. This workshop, held by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG – http://www.picmg.org) and attended by 19 companies, was designed to analyze various aspects of the AdvancedTCA specifications with equipment from PICMG member companies. During the workshop, NMS Communications successfully exhibited a version of a media-processing card based on the company's powerful Convergence GenerationTM 6500 product in a session where PICMG companies were invited to view demonstrations of equipment.
"NMS Communications has been involved at the early stage of next-generation standards in industrial computing. In fact, NMS was one of the first companies to introduce CompactPCI-based (PICMG 2.x) products about five years ago," said Brough Turner, NMS Communications' senior vice president and chief technology officer. "We value the AIW events held by PICMG, as we are dedicated to enhancing our solutions to provide our clients with increased interoperability and performance." Mr. Turner has authored an AdvancedTCA white paper that is now available on the NMS web site at http://www.nmscommunications.com/whitepapers/advancedtca.html.
The AIW event, which was held as a closed workshop, gives companies a forum to foster open exchanges and fast resolution of any compatibility and performance issues. By testing to the AdvancedTCA specifications, the workshop helps companies ensure that their solutions have fabric-based, modular, interoperable and scalable architecture for converging communications and data networking applications. AdvancedTCA is expected to be a key technology in the creation of next-generation carrier-grade media servers.
The AdvancedTCA specification was adopted in December 2002 and is the base specification for companies that are defining fabric protocols. Media servers based on AdvancedTCA provide a reliable and scalable solution for supporting a combination of general-purpose CPU blades, PSTN interface blades and purpose-built media processing blades. AdvancedTCA also allows communications equipment providers to take advantage of an open architecture to quickly and cost-effectively deliver media servers that support the latest mobile communications services, such as user-provisioned ringback tones and multimodal information portals, as well as established enhanced services such as conferencing and unified messaging.
"NMS Communications and other participating companies, have been actively involved with the early stages of AdvancedTCA specifications," said PICMG president Joe Pavlat. "By working together to test for interoperability, these companies are helping to ensure that customers are operating the most reliable and scalable solutions available."
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