Emerson Network Power’s ATCA Blade for Media Gateways Sets New Standards for Density, Performance and Flexibility

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ATCA-8310 is first in industry to feature Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Freescale QorIQ™ P4080 device and highest density of DSPs on any ATCA blade.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, today announced its first media-gateway-on-a-blade enabler based on AdvancedTCA® technology. The ATCA-8310 is the first ATCA® blade in the industry to include a DSP array, an Intel® Core™ i7 processor and a Freescale QorIQ™ P4080 device on the same blade. It also features the highest density of DSPs on a single ATCA blade in the industry, having up to 30 Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320TCI6486 devices. The ATCA-8310 enables a range of telecom infrastructure applications such as voice-over-IP (VoIP) media gateways, mobile video transcoders and IPTV to take advantage of open standard ATCA technology from one of the industry’s top ATCA technology providers.

Following in the footsteps of Emerson Network Power’s highly successful and innovative line of media processing blades based on CompactPCI® technology, the ATCA-8310 uses a modular design that allows telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) to configure options to suit their application and to offer low entry cost and pay-as-you-grow options for their users. Architected to take advantage of next-generation TI TNETV DSPs for density and cost-per-channel improvements, this modular approach also helps to future-proof customers’ investment.

“As ATCA technology has matured to the point of becoming the defacto starting point for many telecom infrastructure projects, highly integrated blades such as Emerson Network Power’s ATCA-8310 help to extend the benefits of open standards to an increasing range of applications,” said Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading and Principal Consultant, Earlswood Marketing. “With a uniquely flexible mix of processing technologies, this new blade enables network equipment makers to consolidate functionality onto fewer blades and maximize their revenue-generating potential.”

“The ATCA-8310 is everything our customers have come to expect from Emerson Network Power: incredibly powerful, flexible, scalable and innovative,” said Rob Pettigrew, marketing director for the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. “As the driving force of innovation in ATCA technology, we are continuing to bring technologies to market that meet our customers’ most demanding requirements. It’s what the market expects from the leader.”

The Emerson Network Power ATCA-8310 enables up to:

  •     14,400 channels of TDM/G.711 VoIP as used in access media gateways
  •     8,300 channels of TDM/G.729AB compressed VoIP as used in trunk media gateways
  •     6,300 channels of G.711/AMR as used extensively in mobile voice gateways

Furthermore, Emerson Network Power estimates up to:

  •     360 channels of H.264 CIF mobile video transcoding as used in mobile video applications
  •     120 channels of MPEG2/H.264 transcode used in IPTV applications

The Emerson Network Power ATCA-8310 features up to 30 TMS320TCI6486 DSPs distributed between the baseboard and two mezzanines. The Freescale QorIQ P4080 processor provides local management, switch control, security, IP forwarding and load balancing. The optional Intel® Core™ i7 control plane processor adds the capability for local management and call agent for small systems or gateway-on-a-blade implementations. An optional solid state disk drive provides local mass storage for customer information and local media caches.

Optimized for IP-to-IP applications, the ATCA-8310 may be adapted to support TDM applications in specific customer configurations using a range of rear transition modules, including variants with multiple OC/3 and OC/12 line terminations.

Software support on the ATCA-8310 for OEM developers will include Linux distributions from Wind River and Red Hat; Emerson Network Power’s SRstackware for switch management offering Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality; packet classification and forwarding software for the Freescale QorIQ P4080; and a software development kit, libraries and utilities to boot and control the DSPs. The blade is also validated to run TI’s world-renowned Telogy software.

For additional information about AdvancedTCA technology from Emerson Network Power, visit http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/EmbeddedComputing.

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™ from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. For more information on Emerson Network Power’s embedded computing products and services, including ATCA®, COM Express®, CompactPCI®, embedded motherboards, MicroTCA® and VMEbus for original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators in the telecommunications, industrial automation, aerospace/defense and medical markets, visit http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/EmbeddedComputing. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit http://www.Emerson.com.

Business-Critical Continuity, Emerson Network Power and the Emerson Network Power logo are trademarks and service marks of Emerson Electric Co. PICMG, AdvancedTCA, ATCA, COM Express, CompactPCI and MicroTCA are registered trademarks of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. Intel and Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the US or other countries. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2010 Emerson Electric Co.

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