Artesyn Introduces Pm8540 ProcessorPMC Protocol Engine for Telecom

10/12/2005 - Artesyn Communication Products, a division of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), and a leading supplier of WAN infrastructure products, announced the Pm8540, a new ProcessorPMC protocol and packet processing engine for telecom infrastructure applications. Based on the MPC8540 PowerQUICC III communications processor from Freescale Semiconductor, the Pm8540 gives telecom OEMs a simple way to add protocol processing and system management capability to telecom systems equipped with PMC or PTMC (PCI Telephony Mezzanine Card) expansion slots, including Artesyn’s own Katana AdvancedTCA and PICMG 2.16 blades.

The Pm8540 features two Gigabit 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet ports, which are routed to the PMC connector, and one 10/100BaseTX Ethernet port, which is routed to the module’s front bezel. The Pm8540 also features up to 512 Mbytes of SDRAM, 32 Mbytes of flash memory, an I2C bus system management controller, and a four-channel DMA controller, which boosts overall performance by facilitating high-speed data movement between module resources without CPU intervention.

Freescale’s MPC8540 PowerQUICC III processor provides the compute and protocol acceleration engine for the Pm8540. The MPC8540’s PowerPC e500 core delivers a peak performance of 2310 MIPS at 1 GHz. The MPC8540 also features 256 kbytes of L2 cache, a DDR SDRAM memory controller, two Gigabit 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet controllers, a 10/100 Ethernet controller, a 64-bit PCI/PCI-X controller operating at speeds of up to 133 MHz, a parallel RapidIO controller, and the OCeaN non-blocking crossbar switch fabric.

“The Pm8540’s versatile, high-performance PowerQUICC III processor, Gigabit Ethernet packet interface, and convenient PrPMC form factor make it an excellent packet and protocol processing engine,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn. “The Pm8540’s high-performance, low-power architecture makes it ideal for adding protocol processing, signaling, and OA&M functionality to a wide range of telecom systems, including media gateways, softswitches, signaling gateways, and base station controllers."

“Artesyn has been a pioneer in developing open architecture solutions for the industry-leading PowerQUICC family,” said Lynelle McKay, vice president and general manager of Freescale Semiconductor’s Digital Systems Division. “Artesyn’s open architecture blades and modules provide an excellent platform for developing and deploying PowerQUICC III communications processor-based network infrastructure applications.”

The Pm8540’s mezzanine interface complies with IEEE 1386.1 (PMC), and provides a subset of the PICMG 2.15 PTMC Configuration 2 features. The Pm8540 operates from a 3.3 or 5 -Vdc power supply, consumes 11.5W typical, and operates over a 0 – 55C temperature range.

The Pm8540 complies with all major safety, EMC, environmental, and quality standards, including FCC Part 15, ICES-003 (Canada), IEC/UL/CSA 60950, EN55022, and RoHS/WEEE.

Software support for the Pm8540 includes Carrier Grade Linux. The Pm8540 sells in OEM quantity for $759.

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. Artesyn’s 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.

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