Monday, June 5, 2006

Emerson Shows MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA Based Media Processing

Emerson Network Power's new Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, is demonstrating IMS and signaling using its new AdvancedTCA blades, AdvancedMC modules, and MicroTCA systems. Specifically, Emerson will demonstrate video streaming and videoconferencing applications on its new KAT4000 AdvancedTCA blade and MicroTCA development system. Emerson will also demonstrate new platform and protocol management software.

"AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA are quickly becoming the open architecture platforms of choice among network equipment providers who want to outsource their platform design to contain cost and speed time to market," said Todd Wynia, vice president of product management for Emerson's new Embedded Computing business.

The ATCA shelf will feature Emerson's KAT4000, a configurable ATCA blade with expansion sites for up to four AdvancedMC modules. KAT4000 blades equipped with DSP media processing modules from partner Surf Communications will be used to perform the IMS video streaming and videoconferencing-over-IP applications. A separate demonstration will show how Emerson's new middleware can be used to provide shelf management and protocol configuration.

Emerson will perform a pair of demos using its new 12-slot MicroTCA development system, which is equipped with a MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) module, power supply, Fat Pipe switch module, application/protocol processing, and platform management software. In the first demo, KosaiPM AdvancedMC modules plugged directly into the MicroTCA chassis will perform application hosting. Surf modules will perform IMS video streaming and videoconferencing. In the second demo, a KosaiPM module running Linux from a hard drive will perform videoconferencing.

MicroTCA is a proposed PICMG specification for small form factor, field-replaceable telecom chassis. It will provide scaleable aggregate bandwidth up to 612 Gbps (per MCH), support star, dual-star, and full-mesh topologies, employ a serial packet transport with up to 12.5 Gbps of bandwidth per channel, and provide a redundant Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface.

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