Sunday, March 29, 2009

RADISYS Announces ATCA Single Board Computer based on Xeon 5500

RadiSys unveiled its Promentum ATCA-4500, a new AdvancedTCA (ATCA) single board computer (SBC) utilizing the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. The ATCA-4500 is positioned for advanced control, gateway and telecom server functions for 4G networks including LTE (Long-Term Evolution), WiMAX, NMS (Network Management Systems), and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). The ATCA-4500 represents seventh-generation RadiSys ATCA blade technology delivering on the promise of Moore's law -- doubling the number of transaction or subscriber units that Telecom Service Providers can handle per ATCA slot -- thereby, dramatically reducing cost per unit.

RadiSys' ATCA-4500 has been optimized to meet Telecom Equipment Manufacturer (TEM) requirements for easily integrating into an existing ATCA chassis and for supporting multiple storage options and OS virtualization. RadiSys said a single Intel Xeon processor 5500 series will outperform the previous generation of Intel Xeon Processors 5400 series by up to 25% using standard computing benchmark. Furthermore it offers more than a 50% increase in performance per watt per dollar over a dual socket Intel Xeon processor L5408 based ATCA blade. The processor and feature set were selected so it could pass the NEBS thermal requirements in chassis already deployed in the field.

Support for a massive 8 DIMM array of VLP DDR3 scales up to 64G of memory while providing cost effective options for applications with lower density memory requirements. The board offers multiple storage options, including RAID, SAS/SATA, solid state USB flash drives and supports iSCSI boot. For low-level software, the ATCA-4500 is based on Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), which is a significant improvement over the old legacy BIOS firmware.