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ATCA software suite accelerates design time by up to 40%

Posted: 23 Apr 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Artesyn? ATCA? System Services Framework?

Artesyn Embedded Technologies, which was formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, has unveiled a software framework that the company believes can accelerate integration of complex systems by up to 40 per cent.

The System Services Framework (SSF) is a centralised management suite that allows users to configure and monitor software and hardware components across a single shelf or multiple ATCA shelves.

SSF block diagram

Figure 1: The SSF provides access for all aspects of platform management across the entire product development lifecyclefrom component bring-up through product deployment, operation and EOL.

The system features a graphical user interface provides a quick and easy view of system configuration, events and alarms as well as providing a means of configuring switches or payload blades and managing system access. It also provides XML and command line interfaces to give engineers access to the system parameters and controls.

The system's functionality can be enhanced with the company's own, as well as third-party add-on software modules. For instance, adding ViewCheck provides in-service and out-of-service diagnostics of ATCA blades and other system elements. Another module, FlowPilot, provides a complete packet load balancing solution.

SSF screenshot

Figure 2: The SSF features rich management interface via GUI, or CLI/XML/SNMP for easy integration with customer's existing operation and management platform.

"By using Artesyn's System Services Framework and its add-in software modules, engineers can focus on their value-add application. We estimate it can save customers up to 40 per cent time-to-market versus writing or porting their own system management software", said Jim Darroch, director of software marketing, Artesyn Embedded Technologies. "Artesyn SSF provides the tools necessary to speed the development process and brings a whole new level of ease-of-operation to ATCA systems."

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