Emerson Announces ATCA 40G Switch Blade for Telecom

Emerson Network Power has recently announced its first 40G AdvancedTCA (ATCA) switch blade, the ATCA-F140. As stated by the
company in this PR Web news release, the new 40G switch blade offers telecom equipment manufacturers 1G, 10G and 40G fabric switching interfaces for backward compatibility with a customer’s existing payload blades, while enabling the maximum ATCA fabric bandwidth to meet the needs of the most data-intensive applications, including 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.


“The ATCA-F140 is designed for NEBS and ETSI compliance to help reduce development costs and accelerate time-to-market. It also allows optional functions to be combined on a single blade, including telecom clock generation and distribution, SATA-based hard disk drive (HDDs), and an AdvancedMC (AMC) site for general processing and/or packet processing functions. This combination of functions onto a single blade allows telecom equipment manufacturers to fill available slots with revenue-generating application blades.

“A powerful onboard service processor (Freescale QorIQ™ P2020) executes all switch functions, blade setup and hardware platform management functions independent of any installed processor AMC and/or SATA HDD. The ATCA-F140 offers multiple configuration options, making it easy to map several applications to various configuration options, each fully controlled using a software utility.”

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