New Emerson Network Power 10G AdvancedTCA Switch Blade Drives Down the Cost of Communications Platforms

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ATCA-F125 optimizes functionality, flexibility, development and deployment costs for a wide range of telecommunications applications.

Emerson Network Power ATCA-F125 Switch Blade

Emerson Network Power ATCA-F125 Switch Blade

The architecture of the ATCA-F125 is complementary to the recently launched 40G ATCA switch blade, the ATCA-F140, allowing a common software environment to be used for both.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, today announced its latest and most cost-effective 10G AdvancedTCA® (ATCA®) switch blade, the ATCA-F125. The ATCA-F125 enables network equipment manufacturers to combine many functions on a single blade so that available slots can be filled with revenue-generating application blades.

The new 10G switch blade further expands the industry-leading ATCA portfolio from Emerson Network Power and drives down the cost of ATCA infrastructure. The architecture of the ATCA-F125 is complementary to the recently launched 40G ATCA switch blade, the ATCA-F140, allowing a common software environment to be used for both. By using compatible 10G and 40G solutions, network equipment manufacturers can migrate applications more easily from one to another, providing unrivalled scalability in both directions for their common platform.

Offering multiple functional options to optimize its use, the new switch blade enables customers to maximize cost effectiveness for a wide range of telecom network and communications infrastructure applications. An on-board Freescale QorIQ™ P2020 device acts as a service processor to execute all switch functions, blade setup and hardware platform management functions, which allows the end user application to make full use of processors and storage using AdvancedMC™ (AMC) modules. Optional functionality includes telecom clock generation and distribution, SATA-based hard drive devices (HDDs), and an AMC site for general processing and/or packet processing functions. AMC packet processing also allows telecommunications control and data plane applications to be combined on a single blade, reducing deployment costs.

Various options and features can be configured on the ATCA-F125 using the embedded ATCA Basic Blade Services (BBS) software package. When combined with the hardware, the BBS creates a fully integrated and verified switch-blade infrastructure for ATCA platforms, allowing customers to focus on revenue-generating software development projects. As with all Emerson Network Power ATCA switch blades, the ATCA-F125 is designed for NEBS and ETSI compliance to further reduce development costs and accelerate time-to-market.

Sampling of the ATCA-F125 switch blade is underway now, with worldwide general market availability expected in February 2011. The blade will also be integrated with the next release (R2.0) of the Emerson Network Power Centellis™ 4410 ATCA platform core, providing an integrated foundation for ATCA platform deployments.

A photo of the Emerson Network Power ATCA-F125 is available.

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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 Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at

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 tools and storage businesses. Sales in fiscal 2010 were $21 billion. For more information, visit

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