Artesyn Creates Industry's Fastest cPSB Telecom Blade with Katana3752

6/4/2004 - Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), announced the KatanaTM3752, the industry’s highest performance cPSB (CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane) telecom blade. Equipped with three 1-GHz PowerPC 750GX processors, the new blade features five Gigabit Ethernet links, all managed by an-onboard Gigabit Ethernet switch that eliminates the packet routing processor overhead incurred by traditional architectures. The Katana’s high-performance multiprocessing and versatile multi-channel Gigabit Ethernet capabilities make it ideal for a variety of telecom infrastructure applications that require high-speed packet processing, including WAN access, SS7 signaling, media gateways, routers, and softswitches.

“Artesyn set a new standard for high-performance packet processing when it introduced the Katana3750 last year,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn Communication Products. “The Katana 3752 raises the bar again, providing an additional 75% performance increase. Katana’s three high-speed PowerPC processing complexes, together with its managed multi-channel Ethernet capability, make it the industry’s fastest cPSB blade, and the consummate packet processor.”

The Katana3752 provides three independent processing complexes based on the PowerPC 750GX. Each complex is equipped with a Marvell Discovery III system controller, which provides direct access to up to one Gbyte of SDRAM and 64 Mbytes of flash memory. Complex one, equipped with an additional 512 kbytes of flash memory, serves as the PCI host. Complex one also provides a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet debug link, which is routed to the front panel.

The three complexes are linked via a local PCI bus, which serves as the control plane. The three processing complexes are also equipped with dedicated Gigabit Ethernet links, which serve as the on-card data plane. Each Ethernet link is connected to a Broadcom BM5691 Ethernet switch, which manages traffic between the three processing complexes. The switch also routes two GBit Ethernet links to the cPSB / PICMG 2.16 Ethernet backplane.

Katana’s cPSB interface complies fully with PICMG 2.16, an Ethernet-based standard for moving data between cPSB boards. Katana also supports PICMG 2.9 system management, which provides an I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) bus and controller that makes it easy to monitor, control and exchange management information between the Katana3752 and shelf management controllers.

Software support for the Katana3752 includes board-support packages for Linux and VxWorks 5.5/Tornado 2.2.

The Katana3752 complies with all major safety, EMC, and environmental standards, including UL/EN60950, FCC Part 15, Class B (U.S.), ICES 003, Class B (Canada), AS/NZS 3548 (Australia), VCCI Class 2 (Japan), EN 55022, EN300 386, EN 55024 and applicable sections of NEBS, including Telcordia GR 1089 and GR-63.

The Katana3752 costs less than $6100 OEM quantity, and is available immediately for early customer involvement.

About Artesyn Technologies, Inc.
Artesyn Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, FL., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power conversion and single-board computing solutions for infrastructure applications in telecommunications and data-communications systems. Our products are used in middle to high-end servers, data storage devices, routers, hubs, high-speed modems, RF amplification systems, base station controllers and transceivers. The Company has a global sales reach with design and manufacturing facilities in Asia, 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, please visit the Company's web site at

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