Artesyn Produces Fastest Single-Processor PICMG 2.16 Telecom Blade

9/10/2004 - Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), announced the KatanaTM752i, a configurable cPSB (CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane) blade for telecom applications. Equipped with a 1-GHz PowerPC® 750GX processor and Marvell Discovery III system controller, the Katana752i features two PTMC sites, four Gigabit Ethernet channels, and a versatile CTBus/H.110 interconnect that enables the Katana752i to acquire and process both TDM and packet data.

This combination of raw processing power, I/O throughput and expansion flexibility makes Katana ideal for telecom infrastructure applications that bridge the PSTN with emerging packet networks, including WAN access, SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, media gateways, traffic processing, real-time control, and softswitches.

“The PowerPC 750GX’s 1-GHz operating speed and large multi-level cache, when combined with the Discovery III’s high-speed memory access, I/O, and networking capabilities, provide a powerful baseline telecom engine,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn Communication Products. “Add to that a high-speed PICMG 2.16 interface, dual PTMC expansion sites, and an on-card CTBus/H.110 local bus, and you get a configurable high-performance telecom blade that is equally adept at processing both packet and TDM data.”

The Katana752i features a 1-GHz PPC 750GX processor, which is equipped with 32 kbytes of L1 instruction cache, 32 kbytes of L1 data cache, and one Mbyte of 4-way, set-associative, no-wait-state L2 cache. The Katana752i also features a Marvell Discovery III system controller, which provides high-speed access to as much as two Gbytes of SDRAM and 128 Mbytes of flash memory. The Discovery III controller provides four Gigabit Ethernet channels. Two of these are routed to the cPSB backplane to support packet data transfers between cPSB boards. The other two are routed to the front panel for debug.

Katana’s cPSB interface complies fully with PICMG 2.16, an Ethernet-based standard for moving data between cPSB boards. Katana also supports the PICMG 2.9 System Management Bus, which provides an I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) that makes it easy to monitor, control and exchange management information between the Katana752i and shelf management controllers.

Katana’s PTMC sites support 32-bit PCI data transfers at 33 MHz or 66 MHz. They also feature dedicated CTBus and RMII interfaces, which facilitate collaborative processing and provide direct access to external TDM and packet data sources. Each site’s local CTBus is linked through an H.110 bridge and time slot interchanger, which enables the two sites to exchange TDM (time division multiplexed data) data with each other and the H.110 backplane bus directly. The two sites are also equipped with an Ethernet RMII interface, which enables them to send and receive packet data directly via Katana’s external Ethernet ports. This close coupling between the PTMC sites and versatile data acquisition capability makes Katana ideal for building integrated systems that combine network access (LAN or WAN) with packet, protocol, and media processing (i.e., DSP farm) on the same blade.

Artesyn offers a variety of PTMC modules that make it easy to customize Katana for specific telecom applications. Artesyn’s Pm3Gv PTMC WAN interface module provides eight E1/T1 ports that enable the Katana752i to be used as an SS7 signaling blade, signaling gateway, or softswitch. Artesyn also offers a family of PowerPC-based processor modules (PmPPC) with multiple Ethernet channels that enable OEMs to add auxiliary processing for dedicated functions like SONET mapping, packet and protocol processing. Katana’s PTMC sites can also be used to add custom and third party modules.

The Katana752i is available with turnkey software for a variety of signaling, network interface, gateway, and network processing applications. Artesyn’s SS7 software, for example, enables the Katana752i to be used as an SS7 signaling blade that provides up to 64 signaling channels over E1/T1 networks with 100% line utilization. This makes the Katana752i ideal for Signaling Transfer Points, Service Control Points, Signaling Gateways and Base Station Controllers. Artesyn also offers SIGTRAN signaling gateway software that make it easy to connect TDM-based PSTN networks to IP-enabled STPs, SCPs, HLRs, VLRs and MGCs.

Additional software support for the Katana752i includes TimeSys real-time Linux, VxWorks 5.5/Tornado 2.2, a reference kernel port for GPL Linux, and a PowerPC boot loader (PPCBoot) with power-on self test.

The Katana752i complies with all major safety, EMC, and environmental standards, including IEC60950/EN60950, UL60950, CSA C22.2, Global IEC - CB Scheme Report IEC 60950), NEBS Telecordia GR-63, and GR1089 Level 3, FCC Part 15 (U.S. and Canada), and ETSI EN300386-V1.3.1.

The Katana752i costs less than $2,695 in 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 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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