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Platform for gateway apps ups ante for PICMG 2.16

Posted: 18 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:radisys? picmg 2.16-enabled platform? intel developer forum? sys50?

Radisys Corp. will roll out a PICMG 2.16-enabled platform for gateway applications at this week's Intel Developer Forum. It will also unleash a line card for ATM monitoring and test and a mezzanine card for control-plane applications.

The SYS50 PICMG 2.16 platform comes with a chassis, a pair of Layer 2 10/100 Ethernet switching cards, two CPU blades, a fan tray and 13 node slots for adding line interface cards. The platform comes with two 300W power supplies, but a third can be added for n+1 redundancy, said Venkataraman Prasannan, senior director of marketing at Radisys.

The SYS50's management capabilities are included on the switch fabric card, opening more slots for designers to insert nodes, Prasannan said. Management of the nodes, switches, boards and fan tray are handled via a PICMG 2.9-compliant intelligent platform management interface.

MontaVista Software Inc.'s carrier-grade Linux version 3.0 comes installed. Radisys also supports the Service Availability Forum's hardware-programming interface, letting designers port middleware packages to improve system uptime.

The SYS50 platform is delivered in a 4U rack that, lets developers stack up to four SYS50s, delivering up to 52 node slots in a 7-foot-high rack.

The ENP-3504 dual OC-3 line card and EXS-6424 dual-processor PCI mezzanine card complement the platform.

The ENP-3504 ATM-to-IP gateway line card lets designers monitor and test ATM links in radio network controllers and multiservice switches. The board is developed around Sonet/ATM framing devices from PMC-Sierra Inc. and the IXP1240 network processor from Intel Corp. It receives ATM traffic through two OC-3/STM-1 interfaces on the front of the card. Traffic is then sent through the framer to the network processor, where it is readied for transport over an IP network. Traffic is sent out using four 10/100 Ethernet ports on the front of the card or via eight 10/100 Ethernet connections out the rear.

The EXS-6424 PCI mezzanine card module is developed around a pair of Intel 533-MHz IXC1100 RISC processors. The board also provides up to 256MB SDRAM per processor, two 10/100 Ethernet ports off its front panel and two 10/100 Ethernet connections to the baseboard.

The SYS50 and ENP-3504 sell for $24,245 and $6,250, respectively. The dual-processor version of the EXS-6424 will ship in the fourth quarter at $895; a single-processor version will cost $540.

- Robert Kennan

EE Times

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