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CP-TA, PICMG partner to promote open spec

Posted: 26 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CP-TA? PICMG? AdvancedTCA?

Global organizations Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA) and PICMG have agreed to exchange information with goals to promote the implementation of open specifications in the telecom industry.

At present, CP-TA is focused on defining and managing interoperability testing based on PICMG's Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) specification. The groups will work together on joint Interoperability Plugfests and training sessions. The activities are already being coordinated to another industry group, Mountain View Alliance.

"By defining and managing interoperability testing for AdvancedTCA, CP-TA will enable a true commercial off-the-shelf marketplace, thus making it easier for building block vendors to adopt the specification," said Joe Pavlat, PICMG president. "We look forward to cooperating with CP-TA to advance interoperability in the telecommunications space. PICMG will continue to manage and refine the AdvancedTCA specification and its derivatives."

PICMG formed the Requirements Engineering Subcommittee (RES) last year to ensure that PICMG documents are organized to be compatible with documents from CP-TA and the SCOPE Alliance.

"We will release our first Interoperability Compliance Document (ICD) for AdvancedTCA in February and welcome PICMG's input in the process," said Shlomo Pri-Tal, CP-TA chairman. "The benefits of interoperability are tremendous. Companies that implement open specification-based interoperable building blocks will no longer have to develop proprietary solutions or devote resources to custom developments of interoperability test suites, allowing them to focus on their unique value-add, reduce their time-to-market and reduce lifecycle costs."

The ICD will address thermal, manageability and data transport interoperability for AdvancedTCA. In the near future, CP-TA will also address interoperability requirements for PICMG's MicroTCA and AMC specifications.

CP-TA is a global organization of communications platform and building block providers that promotes the adoption of SIG-governed, open-specification communication platforms. PICMG is a consortium of over 400 companies that develops open specifications for telecommunications and industrial computing applications, among which include AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and CompactPCI.

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