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SBS Technologies AdvancedMC carrier blade

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SBS Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of modular communication solutions, has expanded its telecommunications product line with an AdvancedMC carrier blade for IBM BladeCenter systems. The SBS BCT4-AMC1 carrier blade is capable of hosting up to four AdvancedMC modules to create application-specific blades, from standard off-the-shelf SBS Telum modules and other third-party AdvancedMC cards.

The BCT4-AMC1 is ideal for system designers creating high-performance telecommunications solutions using AdvancedMC modules with specific networking features such as LAN/WAN and storage I/O capabilities. SBS' -AdvancedMC modules allow BladeCenter servers to be optimised for next-generation IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) IP-centric applications.

The BCT4-AMC1 offers two AdvancedMC bays accessible from the blade's front and two internal bays that are accessible from the side. To help reduce equipment downtime, the BCT4-AMC1 supports hot swap capability for the front bay AdvancedMC modules and for the carrier blade itself. For broad flexibility, the blade's front bays support extended AdvancedMCs and all bays support full height single- or double-width AdvancedMC modules.

Adding system robustness to the BCT4-AMC1, the blade's Baseboard Management Controller communicates with the chassis Management Module by using two redundant RS485 interfaces to the blade's backplane. To manage the PCI Express root complex a processor AdvancedMC single board computer, such as the Telum ASLP10 running a Carrier Grade Linux operating system, may be installed in bay 2.

Features include:
* 4 AdvancedMC bays interconnected through high-speed PCI Express (AMC.1) and Gigabit Ethernet (AMC.2) switches
* 2 front access AdvancedMCs or the entire carrier blade may be hot swapped
* Baseboard management controller supporting IPMI v1.5 system management
* x8 PCIe interface to bays 2 and 3 and x4 PCIe interface to bays 0 and 1
* Supports telecom master clock generation, distribution and control
* Interconnected to the BladeCenterT Server’s mid-plane via Gigabit Ethernet

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