PICMG adds Ethernet fabric to Advanced Mezzanine Card

APRIL 9, 2007 -- The new AMC.2 specification is limited in scope to defining link usage, management and electronic-keying (E-Keying) parameters for 1 GbE and 10 GbE on AMCs and carrier boards.

APRIL 9, 2007 -- PICMG (search for PICMG), a consortium of more than 450 companies that collaboratively develop open modular computing specifications for telecommunications and industrial computing applications, has released a subsidiary specification for the popular Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC). PICMG AMC.2 defines the implementation of 1- and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) links on AMC.0 modules and carriers. The intended implementation practice will normally include at least one link of Ethernet.

The Advanced Mezzanine Card specification defines modular daughter cards designed to provide extra functionality to AdvancedTCA cards. They can also be used to add functionality to any other "carrier" cards and are used as the "blades" in MicroTCA systems, explain PICMG representatives. The base specification (AMC.0) defines the module's mechanical, interconnect, management, power, and thermal requirements. The new AMC.2 specification is limited in scope to defining link usage, management and electronic-keying (E-Keying) parameters for 1 GbE and 10 GbE on AMCs and carrier boards.

"Ethernet dominates the embedded multi-vendor serial interconnect market," reports Alan Deikman, CTO of ZNYX Networks and chair of the AdvancedMC.2 sub-committee. "It is only logical to extend that to the mezzanine, and we have seen advanced development for AMC.2 already," he adds.

AMC.2 will be provided free to PICMG members and is available for purchase by non-members.


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