Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Freescale Expands AdvancedTCA Ecosystem

Freescale Semiconductor unveiled its Open AdvancedTCA Development Platform -- a series of modular, board-level components that initially includes an AdvancedTCA carrier blade and two Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs). The carrier blade reference design features a PowerQUICC controller and support for both Ethernet and Serial RapidIO interconnect capabilities in the backplane. The AMC reference designs include Freescale's MPC8548E PowerQUICC III processor with RapidIO technology and a DSP farm module with eight MSC8122 multicore-DSPs based on StarCore technology.

Freescale said its AdvancedTCA platform would enable flexible prototyping for a wide range of carrier-grade applications, such as DSLAMs, IP-DSLAMs, IP-PBXs, media gateways, high-density VoIP systems, enterprise routers, host processing farms, and radio network controllers (RNCs) used in 3G wireless infrastructure.

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