Artesyn Demonstrates World's First Hot-Swappable Advanced Mezzanine Cards

1/19/2004 - Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), announced that it will demonstrate the industry's first working prototypes of hot-swappable Advanced Mezzanine Cards (aka AdvancedMC or AMC) at the Bus & Board Conference. The demonstration will feature half-height and full-height (single and double wide) AMC cards plugged into an ATCA (AdvancedTCA) carrier card.

"Hot swap is a compelling feature for AMC," said Michael Franco, hardware engineering manager at Artesyn and chair of several AMC working groups. "Backplane standards like CompactPCI and ATCA support hot swap at the carrier card level, but until now, there has been no hot swap support for mezzanine cards attached to the carrier card. AMC's hot swappability greatly reduces operating costs by enabling telcos to upgrade, provision, and service working systems in the field with a finer degree of granularity and minimal disruption to overall system operation."

"ATCA/AMC isn't the first carrier/mezzanine architecture to target the telecom industry," added Franco. "But it will succeed where others have failed because it is designed from the ground up by telecom for telecom. ATCA's high bandwidth, hot swappability, integrated system management, and high power capability make it the ideal baseline telecom platform. AMC extends those benefits to individual field replaceable modules at a fine-grain level. Our demonstration at the Bus & Board show will provide an early validation of ATCA and AMC with full hot-swap capability."

Artesyn will demonstrate an ATCA "short carrier" card at the conference. The short carrier provides sites for up to eight AMC cards, with about one third of the carrier reserved for other components. The carrier is equipped a control plane processor, a 12-port ATCA fabric switch, and an IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) system management controller. The carrier also provides a 1-Gigabit Ethernet test channel, which runs from the ATCA backplane, through the fabric switch, and to a test circuit that resides on each AMC card.

AMC is a proposed PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group specification (PICMG AMC.0) for hot-swappable, field-replaceable mezzanine cards. Optimized for packet-based, high-availability telecom systems, AMC cards can be attached to a variety of ATCA and custom carrier cards. AMC cards communicate with the carrier card via a packet-based serial interface, which features up to 21 lanes of high-speed I/O (12.5 Gbit/sec each). AMC supports a variety of protocols (including Ethernet, PCI Express, Rapid I/O, and InfiniBand) and features integrated I2C- and Ethernet-based system management. AMC supports four module sizes: half-height single width, half-height double width, and a full-height version of both of these. The modules have escalating power limits starting at 20W for the smallest module (half height, single width) and increasing to 60W for the largest module (double wide, full height).

About Artesyn Technologies, Inc.
Artesyn Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, FL., is a world leader in designing and manufacturing power conversion solutions for industry-leading OEMs in communications and IT infrastructure markets and is one of the foremost providers of controllers and WAN/protocol software for worldwide telecom and datacom systems and real-time communication applications. The Company has a global sales reach with design and manufacturing facilities in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Artesyn is a public company whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol ATSN. For more information about Artesyn Technologies and its products, please visit the Company's web site at

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