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New Emerson 10G Switch Blade Will Reduce Communication Platform Costs
By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor
Emerson Network Power (News - Alert), providing service to enable business-critical continuity, announced in a press release yesterday that, its latest and most cost-effective 10G AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) switch blade, entitled the ATCA-F125 is now available.
The ATCA-F125 enables network equipment manufacturers to combine many different functions on a single blade, so that available slots can be filled with revenue-generating application blades. The new 10G switch blade helps to further expand the ATCA portfolio from Emerson Network Power, while driving down the cost of ATCA infrastructure.
The architecture of the ATCA-F125 is complementary to the recently launched 40G ATCA switch blade, the ATCA-F140, allowing common software to be used for both. By using compatible 10G and 40G solutions, network equipment manufacturers can switch applications more easily from one to another, providing extreme scalability in both directions for their common platform, the press release detailed.
Providing many different function options, the switch blade allows customers to increase cost effectiveness for a huge range of applications within the telecom network and communications infrastructure.
Emerson stated that the switch blade comes equipped with a Freescale (News - Alert) P2020 device. This device mirrors a service processor as it executes all switch functions, blade setup and hardware platform management functions, which allows the end user application to make full use of processors and storage, using AdvancedMC (AMC) modules.
Optional functions available for the switch blade include: telecom clock generation and distribution, SATA-based hard drive devices (HDDs), and an AMC site for general processing and/or packet processing functions. AMC packet processing enables the telecommunications control and data plane applications to be combined on a single blade, reducing deployment costs.
As with all Emerson Network Power ATCA switch blades, the ATCA-F125 is designed for NEBS and ETSI (News - Alert) compliance to further reduce development costs and accelerate the time a product can brought to a market.
Testing of the ATCA-F125 switch blade is underway, and general market availability is expected sometime in February 2011.
Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jamie Epstein