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October 28, 2010

Emerson Network Power's ATCA Blade Sets New Standards

By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Web Editor

It seems providers of "carrier grade" communications equipment are coming out with their own ATCA’s one by one, and Emerson (News - Alert) Network Power is no exception.

Emerson Network Power has announced its first media-gateway-on-a-blade enabler based on AdvancedTCA® technology. The ATCA-8310is the first ATCA® blade in the industry to include a DSP array, an Intel® Core? i7 processor and a Freescale (News - Alert) 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 (News - Alert) (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 (News - Alert) to take advantage of open standard ATCA technology from one of the industry's top ATCA technology providers.

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 ATCA-8310 is everything our customers have come to expect from Emerson Network Power (News - Alert): incredibly powerful, flexible, scalable and innovative," said Rob Pettigrew, marketing director for the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. "As the driving force of innovation in ATCA technology, we are continuing to bring technologies to market that meet our customers' most demanding requirements. It's what the market expects from the leader."

The Emerson Network Power ATCA-8310 enables up to 14,400 channels of TDM/G.711 VoIP as used in access media gateway, 8,300 channels of TDM/G.729AB compressed VoIP as used in trunk media gateway and 6,300 channels of G.711/AMR as used extensively in mobile voice gateways

Emerson Network Power also estimates up to 360 channels of H.264 CIF mobile video transcoding as used in mobile video applications and 120 channels of MPEG2/H.264 transcode used in IPTV applications

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.

Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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