3/10/2006 - Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), announced that it will be demonstrating its new MicroTCA development platform at the VON show in San Jose on March 14-17 in conjunction with its partner Surf Communication Solutions ("Surf"). Artesyn and Surf are collaborating to utilize the new system as an evaluation and development platform for MicroTCA-based media servers and media gateways.
"Surf’s extensive DSP hardware, software and media processing expertise makes them an excellent partner for creating open architecture and triple play media processing solutions, said Todd Wynia, vice president of product management at Artesyn. "We look forward to working with them to develop compact, low-cost media server and gateway solutions based on our MicroTCA systems and their AdvancedMC modules."
"Artesyn has been a pioneer in developing the MicroTCA standard and making it a reality," said Amir Zmora, vice president of marketing at Surf. "Artesyn’s new MicroTCA system, when equipped with our media processing modules, will provide an excellent platform for evaluating and developing media processing and media gateway applications with tight cost and size constraints."
Artesyn’s MicroTCA development platform utilizes a 12-slot MicroTCA chassis equipped with a MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) module, power supply, Fat Pipe switch module, application/protocol processing, and platform management software, all developed by Artesyn. Artesyn's unique design allows for independent control and data plane operation. The MCH provides IPMI management, Gigabit Ethernet switching for the control plane, and optional telecom clock distribution. The Fat Pipe switch provides Serial RapidIO data plane switching for up to twelve AdvancedMC modules.
Artesyn’s KosaiPM modules provide control, protocol and application processing for the system. 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, which facilitate communications between the KosaiPM and the MicroTCA backplane. 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 MicroTCA slots.
The system’s IPMI-based (Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface) SpiderWare platform management software features an intuitive GUI that makes it easy to monitor key physical system health characteristics such as voltages, fan speeds, temperatures, and power supply status. Using this information, which each AdvancedMC module conveys via its I2C-based Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface, the platform management software and network operators can monitor system operation, take corrective action, optimize cooling and system power allocation, perform remote shutdown/restart (typically on a slot by slot basis), and log events. SpiderWare platform management software is fully compliant with the Service Availability Forum’s Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) specification.
MicroTCA is a proposed PICMG specification for small form factor, field-replaceable telecom chassis. Available in a variety of flexible form factors (rack mount, cube, etc), MicroTCA chassis 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.
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. The Company’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.
About Surf Communication Solutions
SURF Communication Solutions®, established in 1996, designs, develops, and markets high-capacity multimedia processing boards for the telecommunication infrastructure field. Surf’s customers use these AMC or PTMC DSP farm boards in their Media Gateway and Media Server products. Due to the unique combination of a highly innovative hardware approach along with comprehensive transcoding capabilities, Surf’s products greatly shorten time–to–market, are cost–effective, and enable true convergence of all major media typesaudio, video, and data (fax/modem)over IP, mobile, wireline, and wireless networks. These solutions are provided in various integration levels: PTMC/AMC DSP farm boards; PCI cards; and DSP hardware/software.
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