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June 18, 2007

RadiSys Intros Highest Density Media Resource ATCA Blade

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

RadiSys, a company that specializes in embedded computing solutions, recently announced launch of a new ATCA digital signal processing (DSP) blade designed for telecom equipment manufacturers. The blade gives manufacturers a way to build next-generation VoIP, media processing and media gateway solutions with a low cost per port approach.
The Promentum ATCA-9100 Media Resource Module is built on a flexible and powerful architecture capable of hosting up to 20 multi-core MSC8144 DSPs from Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert). This gives system designed a significant time-to-market advantage and helps ensure their product will be able to handle future technology requirements.
Todd Etchieson, vice president of communications networking product management at RadiSys, said that this is just the latest solution designed to surpass manufacturing performance requirements from even the most demanding designers.
“As a pioneer and innovator in open systems platforms and first to market with a 10 Gig ATCA platform, we continually help equipment manufacturers address their ever-changing needs and demands with the most feature rich products available today,” Etchieson said in a statement. “The addition of media processing capability to our 10 Gig platform is a significant and compelling milestone for the company and our AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) portfolio.”

A key benefit ATCA-9100 offers is the ability to transition smoothly from one generation of DSP to another, without having to completely overhaul the blade. How is this possible? Because it’s based on a modular design that uses mezzanines to host DSP farms. For equipment manufacturers, the result is reduced expenses and the ability to keep their products competitive for longer periods of time. Bottom line? Increased return on investment.
For unmatched packet and media processing capabilities, RadiSys threw in ten Gigabit Ethernet fabric connectivity and direct Ethernet access to DSPs. ATCA-9100 also includes Serial Rapid IO switching and support for easy debugging of DSP code. Plus, on-board, carrier-grade Linux switching and blade management software, and other APIs, alleviates application development.
Using ATCA-9100, equipment manufacturers can choose to leverage their existing DSP code from prior generation, or go with off-the-shelf DSP software.
“The need for high performance solutions that address the demands of TEMs developing applications requiring media processing continues to grow and is stronger than ever,” said Jeff Timbs, marketing director for Freescale's networking system division, in a statement.
Timbs continued: “Working with RadiSys, we're breaking new ground with multi-core technology that reaches an outstanding level of performance density for high-capacity infrastructure applications as well as reducing total system cost, board space and power dissipation.”

To learn more about ATCA-9100 and RadiSys’ other ATCA-based products, please visit the company’s channel, ATCA.

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Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

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