Emerson Network Power announces first 40G AdvancedTCA Switch Blade

JULY 14, 2010 -- Emerson Network Power has announced its first 40G AdvancedTCA (ATCA) switch blade, the ATCA-F140. The new 40G switch blade is designed to provide telecom equipment manufacturers a combination of high bandwidth, high performance, and maximum flexibility to help them drive the implementation of next-generation networks. The ATCA-F140 provides 1G, 10G, and 40G fabric switching interfaces for backward compatibility with a customer’s existing payload blades. It also enables the maximum ATCA fabric bandwidth to meet the needs of data-intensive applications, including 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

JULY 14, 2010 -- Emerson Network Power has announced its first 40G AdvancedTCA (ATCA) switch blade, the ATCA-F140.

The new 40G switch blade is designed to provide telecom equipment manufacturers a combination of high bandwidth, high performance, and maximum flexibility to help them drive the implementation of next-generation networks. The ATCA-F140 provides 1G, 10G, and 40G fabric switching interfaces for backward compatibility with a customer’s existing payload blades. It also enables the maximum ATCA fabric bandwidth to meet the needs of data-intensive applications, including 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

“The availability of a 40G switch blade is the next step in bringing the benefits of ATCA to more applications, especially those in the data plane,” says Rob Pettigrew, director of marketing, Embedded Computing, Emerson Network Power.

The ATCA-F140 is designed for NEBS and ETSI compliance to help reduce development costs and accelerate time-to-market. It also allows optional functions to be combined on a single blade, including telecom clock generation and distribution, SATA-based hard disk drive (HDDs), and an AdvancedMC (AMC) site for general processing and/or packet processing functions. This combination of functions onto a single blade allows telecom equipment manufacturers to fill available slots with revenue-generating application blades.

The onboard service processor (Freescale QorIQ P2020) executes all switch functions, blade setup, and hardware platform management functions independent of any installed processor AMC and/or SATA HDD. The ATCA-F140 offers multiple configuration options, making it easy to map several applications to various configuration options, each fully controlled using a software utility.

The ATCA-F140 switch blade will also be available integrated within the latest release of Emerson Network Power’s 40G-ready platform core, the Centellis 4440, R2.0.

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