Artesyn Showcases Fastest AdvancedTCA Telecom Blade at CTIA Wireless

3/14/2005 - Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), and a leading supplier of blade products for telecom OEMs, announced that it will demonstrate the industry’s fastest AdvancedTCA telecom blade at the CTIA Wireless 2005 show in New Orleans from March 14 - 16. The new blade (KatanaPPB), combining up to six PowerPC processors with a high-speed ATCA fabric interface, provides a modular, scaleable, high-density solution that enables telecom OEMs to significantly increase control and packet processing performance while reducing blade count.

Artesyn will host the demonstration at its booth (# 673). The demonstration system, utilizing an ATCA shelf equipped with a pair of KatanaPPBs, will highlight the board’s unique board-area network, which employs separate control and switched Ethernet data planes to maximize control and packet processing performance. Throughout the demonstration, the system will execute compute-intensive programs common to telecom applications, while simultaneously routing real-time Ethernet packet traffic over the ATCA switch fabric. Artesyn’s KatanaPPB will also be featured at the PCI Manufacturers Group’s booth (#657).

“The KatanaPPB’s six processors, high­speed switched fabric interface, and dedicated control and data planes make it the industry’s fastest ATCA telecom blade,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn Communication Products. “At CTIA, telecom OEMs will get a first-hand look at Katana’s high-speed, control, number crunching, packet processing, I/O and networking capabilities in a real system.”

More on the KatanaPPB
The KatanaPPB is a high-speed multiprocessor ATCA telecom blade optimized for control and packet processing applications such as WAN access, SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, media gateways, wireless base station controllers, radio network controllers and softswitches. Equipped with up to six Freescale PowerPC 7447A processors, 10 Gbytes of DDR SDRAM, and 384 Mbytes of flash memory, the KatanaPPB features a high-speed PICMG 3.1-compliant ATCA interface with ten Gigabit Ethernet channels.

To optimize control performance and packet processing throughput, the KatanaPPB provides separate control and data planes, which are managed by a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch. The control plane combines a local PCI-X bus, which links all six processors, with two Gigabit Ethernet channels, which connect the processors to the ATCA Base Fabric through the Ethernet switch. The data plane, also managed by the Ethernet switch, uses nine Gigabit Ethernet channels to link the six processors, and eight Gigabit Ethernet channels to access the ATCA High Speed Fabric.

The KatanaPPB features a redundant PICMG 3.0 Intelligent Platform Management Interface. This interface, incorporating dual I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Buses (IPMB), enhances system management by making it easy for shelf management controllers to monitor, control and exchange information with the KatanaPPB. Software support for the KatanaPPB includes a Carrier Grade Linux BSP, which provides a robust, high-availability platform for developing and deploying telecom infrastructure applications. The KatanaPPB is also available with a VxWorks BSP.

OEM pricing for the KatanaPPB equipped with a pair of MPC7447A processors starts at $4,407.

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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