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ATCA Blade for Media Gateways Sets New Standards for Density, Performance and Flexibility

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 8:12am
Emerson Network Power today announced its first media-gateway-on-a-blade enabler based on AdvancedTCA® technology. The ATCA-8310 is the first ATCA® blade in the industry to include a DSP array, an Intel® Core™ i7 processor and a Freescale QorIQ P4080 device on the same blade. It also features the highest density of DSPs on a single ATCA blade in the industry, having up to 30 Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320TCI6486 devices.

The ATCA-8310 enables a range of telecom infrastructure applications such as voice-over-IP (VoIP) media gateways, mobile video transcoders and IPTV to take advantage of open standard ATCA technology from one of the industry's top ATCA technology providers.

  Following in the footsteps of Emerson Network Power's innovative line of media processing blades based on CompactPCI® technology, the ATCA-8310 uses a modular design that allows telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) to configure options to suit their application and to offer low entry cost and pay-as-you-grow options for their users. Architected to take advantage of next-generation TI TNETV DSPs for density and cost-per-channel improvements, this modular approach also helps to future-proof customers' investment.

  The Emerson Network Power ATCA-8310 enables up to:

* 14,400 channels of TDM/G.711 VoIP as used in access media gateways

* 8,300 channels of TDM/G.729AB compressed VoIP as used in trunk media gateways

* 6,300 channels of G.711/AMR as used extensively in mobile voice gateways.

  Furthermore, Emerson Network Power estimates up to:

* 360 channels of H.264 CIF mobile video transcoding as used in mobile video applications

* 120 channels of MPEG2/H.264 transcode used in IPTV applications.

     The Emerson Network Power ATCA-8310 features up to 30 TMS320TCI6486 DSPs distributed between the baseboard and two mezzanines. The Freescale QorIQ P4080 processor provides local management, switch control, security, IP forwarding and load balancing. The optional Intel® Core™ i7 control plane processor adds the capability for local management and call agent for small systems or gateway-on-a-blade implementations. An optional solid state disk drive provides local mass storage for customer information and local media caches.

  Optimized for IP-to-IP applications, the ATCA-8310 may be adapted to support TDM applications in specific customer configurations using a range of rear transition modules, including variants with multiple OC/3 and OC/12 line terminations.

  Software support on the ATCA-8310 for OEM developers will include Linux distributions from Wind River and Red Hat; Emerson Network Power's SRstackware for switch management offering Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality; packet classification and forwarding software for the Freescale QorIQ P4080; and a software development kit, libraries and utilities to boot and control the DSPs. The blade is also validated to run TI's world-renowned Telogy software.

 
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