Kontron Modular AM4904/AM4910 MicroTCA Carrier Hubs

Kontron introduced the modular AM4904/AM4910 MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCHs). The Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs comes in four versions: a pure Gigabit Ethernet switching MCH (Kontron AM4904-BASE), in combination with a PCIe mezzanine (Kontron AM4904-PCIE), with sRIO (Kontron AM4904-SRIO), and with 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching (Kontron AM4910). The Kontron AM4904-BASE/PCIE/SRIO and Kontron AM4910 are ready to use in any MicroTCA platform. Samples of the new Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs are available now. Full production is scheduled for end of 2009.

Kontron modular AM4904/AM4910 MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCHs)

Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MicroTCA Carrier Hubs Features

  • High-sophisticated, full-featured MCH
  • Supports all popular Fabric implementations for MicroTCA: GbE stand-alone or combined with 10 GbE or PCIe or sRIO switching
  • Powerful Enterprise Class L2 non-blocking managed GbE and 10 GbE switching capabilities (L3 option on both Fabrics)
  • Linux-based high-performance 600 MHz PowerPC CPU for MicroTCA Carrier and Shelf Management, Switch Management
  • Support for up to 12 AMCs, 2 cooling units (CU) and 4 power modules (PM)
  • MCH update and cross-over Channel for redundant applications
  • Full set of standard defined IPMI and MicroTCA management functions
  • Comprehensive clock generation and distribution module
  • Broad set of front panel interfaces: uplink ports and management port, clock input, control LEDs

Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCH Versions

  • Kontron AM4904-BASE
    The Kontron AM4904-BASE MCH provides Tongue 1 and Tongue 2 to the MicroTCA backplane. It offers a fully managed Layer 2 wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet switching functionality (Fabric [A]) including two 1000/100/10BASE-T uplink ports.

  • Kontron AM4904-PCIE
    The Kontron AM4904-PCIE extends the AM4904-BASE with an additional mezzanine for PCIe switching capabilities. It offers PCIe GEN2 Fabric (DEFG) switching functionality (x4 to 12 AMC) with support for multiple root complexes.

  • Kontron AM4904-SRIO
    The Kontron AM4904-SRIO, which is also based on the AM4904-BASE features sRIO Fabric (DEFG) switching functionality (x4 to 12 AMCs + two uplinks x4 at the front panel).

  • AM4910 – 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    The Kontron AM4910 comes with a fully managed Layer 2 10GbE Fabric [DEFG] and Gigabit Ethernet switching functionality. Layer 3 can be offered on a project request basis. The additional Tongues 3 and 4 connect each six 10GbE lanes plus one 10GbE update channel to the backplane.

All versions provide central management and data switching functionality on a full-size, single-width Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor. Equipped with a powerful 600MHz PowerPC 405EX processor for MCMC functionality and switching management, they enable highly efficient, redundant system architectures with up to 12 AMCs, two cooling units and four power units. Kontron’s AM4904/AM4910 MCHs are ideal for data-intensive MicroTCA based communication applications in both telecom (including 3G, LTE, and network test equipment) and non-telecom markets (such as image and video processing, military, test and measurement, and medical).

All Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs feature a sophisticated clock implementation and a PCI Express Fabric Clocking distribution. They also include high-performance features such as a wire speed, Enterprise-Class Ethernet switch with Layer 2 switching and Multi-Cast support including full 4K VLANs and Link Aggregation, Quality-of-Service support (QoS) and a packet classification engine for flexible Access Control Lists. A full set of standard management interfaces including: a user friendly CLI, SNMP, IPMI and Web access enable easy initialization and controlling of the MCH’s switching and management functionality. External systems or shelf managers can connect to the Kontron MCHs via the Ethernet front panel ports. Special care has been taken to guarantee full support of the PICMG MicroTCA.0 standard by testing with the Polaris test suite for MicroTCA MCHs.

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