Sunday, August 5, 2007

Motorola and Wind River Partner on AdvancedTCA/MicroTCA

Motorola and Wind River Systems announced a strategic alliance to provide integrated AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and MicroTCA communication platforms with Carrier Grade Linux and VxWorks runtimes. The companies are targeting bundled hardware and software solutions for next-generation networking designs for the telecom, military and aerospace, medical and industrial automation industries. The companies also will provide joint customer support, as well as collaborate on product development and on driving joint value for industry initiatives such as OpenSAF high availability software, virtualization technologies and development environments for multicore processors.

The first bundled solution, a MicroTCA-based COTS solution with Wind River Carrier Grade Linux, is now available through leading global distributors Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Avnet Applied Computing Solutions. Other solutions including the ATCA-9301 Cavium Octeon-based solution are expected to be available later this year.

  • In June, Motorola introduced an AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade that leverages two sixteen-core processors with built-in hardware acceleration engines to deliver 10Gbps packet forwarding throughput. The blade uses Cavium Networks' Octeon processors and Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE-LE) operating system. The many-core processor with a standard Carrier Grade Linux programming environment allows both conventional programs and packet processing tasks to be handled on the same hardware. Target applications include data plane elements that employ deep packet inspection, such as network gateway and edge functions for 4G wireless and IPTV.

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