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MicroTCA platform touts cost, space savings

Posted: 20 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MicroTCA platform? AdvancedMC modules?

Kontron AG has unveiled its OM5080 MicroTCA integrated platform that supports up to eight AdvancedMC modules. This open modular solution is suitable for telecommunications equipment manufacturers that need to design redundant systems without any single point of failure for edge and access applications used in data center, regional CO and enterprise networks.

The Kontron OM5080 delivers a 2U off-the-shelf platform that achieves an industry-first by accommodating up to eight AMCs in a space-efficient and cost-optimized design. Kontron claims the new platform costs 20 percent less per AMC slot at a third of the space. The OM5080 realizes its cost savings by implementing the MCH and power module functionality in a different wayby using AMC carriers with integrated switches that provide Ethernet connectivity for 1GbE fabric or 10GbE fabric in combination with two uplink modules on the front, said Kontron.

The 1 GbE version provides a total of 8x GbE uplinks on the front, while the 10 GbE version provides a total of 4 GbE uplinks plus 2x 10 GbE uplinks. This makes the system well suited for applications with high demands on traffic and throughput.

Management functions such as power and fan control, E-Keying, control of hot swap for AMCs and external management interfaces are integrated on the same AMC carrier, as well as on the management module,.

The OM5080 contains dual power distribution, dual fans, redundant system management, systems alarms and integrated dual GbE switches (with MCH functionality). It provides a high uplink capacity via uplink modules on the front. Most components are accessible from the front and all modules are field replaceable. The system is ready for deployment and includes Kontron's system management (IPMI 1.5 compliant) as well as SNMP and CLI for external system management.

As a pre-integrated MicroTCA platform, the OM5080 comes with two Kontron AM4010 processor AMCs, each one featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with dedicated memory and Linux OS installed. Both Kontron AM4010 modules are intended to act as system controllers, while the remaining AMC slots may be used for line cards, DSPs or Network Service Processors. Optionally, RTMs may be used in the back for SAS connections to external storage and external clocks, as well as for extra FE and RS232 management interfaces.

Other platform features include a 48Vdc power feed with an option for AC to DC power converter, plus hot-swappable and managed fans, and support for Wind River Linux PNE 2.6, Red Hat 4.0 and IPMI 1.5. The OM5080 is RoHS compliant.

The devices are available now.

- Gina Roos

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