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August 26, 2010

Advantech Collaborates with NetLogic Microsystems for New 40-Gbps ATCA Platform

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Advantech, a manufacturer of telecom computing blades and multi-core network platforms, and NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a provider of intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, have joined forces to deliver an advanced 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) or “ATCA” platform: ATCA-7410.

AdvancedTCA “Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture,” also known as ATCA, is an industry standard to create a new blade (board) and chassis form factor (shelf) optimized for communications. It includes series of specifications and addresses the needs of next generation of “carrier grade” communications equipment.

According to a press release, the latest advanced 40-Gbps ATCA platform leverages NetLogic (News - Alert) Microsystems’ XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processors with 64 NXCPUs, knowledge-based processors, and 10GE PHY solutions.

“The ATCA-7410 design leverages NetLogic Microsystems’ best-in-class technologies across the board,” said Eddie Lai, director of business development at Advantech (News - Alert). “It represents the breakthrough ATCA product which Tier-1 OEMs are waiting for to perform uncompromised processing on every packet of traffic with minimal latency to ensure predictable network behavior and eliminate bottlenecks.”

Designed to support the new 40-Gbps ATCA standards, the new Advantech’s ATCA-7410 platform is targeted at LTE (News - Alert) Enhanced Packet Core “EPC” gateways, service routers, metro ethernet, access aggregation, mobile backhaul systems and network security platforms.

According to a press release, the ATCA-7410 is built on the success of Advantech’s Packetarium portfolio that utilizes NetLogic Microsystems’ (News - Alert) XLR multi-core processors. The new platform extends Advantech’s packet processing offering to the ATCA form factor. This will provide the platform with greater scalability and higher availability for OEMs building state-of-the-art networking equipments.

Officials with Advantech said that each ATCA-7410 blade houses 64 NXCPUs from the XLP processor family, 128 knowledge-based processing engines from the NL11k processor family and multiple NLP1342 10GE PHYs. Each 64 NXCPUs operate at up to 2.0 GHz and are based on superscalar engine to deliver unparalleled data and control plane performance, as well as the ability to support billions of in-flight messages and packet descriptors.

In addition, the 40nm XLP processors feature network functions, such as IPSec/SSL security functions, packet parsing, ordering, queuing, management, compression/decompression, storage, TCP segmentation and IEEE1588 hardware time stamping.

Expected to be sampled in the fourth quarter of 2010, the new ATCA-7410 solution also incorporates NetLogic Microsystems’ multiple NLP1342 quad-port 10 GbE PHY devices. These devices feature receive equalization and transmit pre-emphasis technologies - for lower latency and jitter.

The NetLogic Microsystems’ multiple NLP1342 quad-port 10 GbE PHY device is also manufactured in the advanced 40nm node, so that it can support both direct-attach twin-ax copper and SR/LR optical cabling and offers the industry’s lowest power consumption of 0.5 Watt/channel to enable energy-efficient networking equipment.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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