Artesyn and PICMG to Demonstrate First MicroTCA Chassis Prototype

6/6/2005 - Artesyn Communication Products, a division of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), and a leading supplier of blade products for telecom OEMs, announced that its AdvancedMC modules will be featured in the industry’s first physical MicroTCA demonstration at SuperComm 2005. The demonstration, performed by the PCI Manufacturer’s Group (PICMG) at booth # 43085, will utilize Artesyn’s KosaiTMPM AdvancedMC CPU module and 48V MicroTCA power supply module. Artesyn will also demonstrate the industry’s fastest AdvancedTCA blade, along with the KosaiPM AdvancedMC module, at its own booth (# 10035).

“Artesyn has been at the forefront of the AdvancedMC and MicroTCA standardization efforts and was the first company to make AdvancedMC a reality,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn. “At SuperComm, we will be showcasing our AdvancedMC technology and its use as a foundation for the emerging MicroTCA standard.”

The PICMG demonstration will feature a simulated wireless application servicing millions of subscribers. The system, utilizing a standard 4U MicroTCA chassis, will be equipped with five Artesyn Pentium M-based KosaiPM modules, which will provide payload processing for the wireless application. Artesyn will also provide dual 300W power modules, which will convert the 48V MicroTCA chassis voltage to the 3.3V and 12V levels required by the AdvancedMC payload modules.

MicroTCA is a proposed PICMG specification for small form factor, field-replaceable telecom chassis. The 19-inch, rack-mountable 4U (177 mm) chassis, just 300 mm deep, can accept any standard AdvancedMC module. MicroTCA will provide scaleable bandwidth up to 40 Gbit/sec, support star, dual-star, and full-mesh topologies, employ a serial packet transport with up to 12.5 Gbit/sec of bandwidth per channel, and provide a redundant Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface. MicroTCA will also be protocol agnostic, enabling it to accommodate AdvancedMC modules running a range of protocols, including Ethernet, PCI Express/Advanced Switching, and Serial Rapid I/O.

The KosaiPM is a single-wide, full-height AdvancedMC card, which can be used directly in a MicroTCA chassis, or as a mezzanine card in conjunction with an AdvancedTCA or custom carrier blade. KosaiPM makes an ideal control plane processor for optical and wireless infrastructure. It is also ideal for augmenting packet processing and routing performance in voice gateways, and for enhancing protocol processing performance in SS7 and SIGTRAN signaling control points and gateways.

The KosaiPM features a 1.4-GHz Pentium M processor, one Mbyte of Level 2 cache, two Gbytes of SDRAM, 128 Mbytes of flash, and two Gigabit Ethernet channels (routed to the AdvancedMC connector), which facilitate communications between the KosaiPM and the MicroTCA backplane or ATCA carrier. The KosaiPM also features a USB interface, front panel 10/100BaseT management interface, an I2C-based IPMI system management interface, and an optional storage interface, which provides access to hard drives residing in other AdvancedMC bays (or the ATCA carrier).

Artesyn will also demonstrate its KatanaTM ATCA blade at its booth. 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.

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, the KatanaPPB features a high-speed PICMG 3.1-compliant ATCA interface with ten Gigabit Ethernet channels and a redundant IPMI system management interface.

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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