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SBS Technologies expands its telecommunications product line with AdvancedTCA carrier blade series

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· 2 (double-wide) or 4 (single-wide) bay, AMC.1, AMC.2, AMC.3-compliant AdvancedMCs
· x2 Gigabit Ethernet interface to all AdvancedMC bays (Common Options Region)
· Fully supports PICMG 3.0 Carrier blade and AMC.0 AdvancedMC module hot-swap functionality
· Carrier Management Controller (Carrier IPMC) supporting IPMI v1.5 system management
· Supports Automatic Protection Switching and telecom clock generation, distribution and control

SBS Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of modular communication solutions, has expanded its telecommunications product line with an AdvancedTCA carrier blade series. The SBS AT-AMC1 and AT-AMC2 carrier blades are capable of hosting two double-wide or four single-wide AdvancedMC modules to create application-specific blades from standard off-the-shelf SBS Telum modules and other third-party AdvancedMC cards.

The AT-AMC series of carrier blades are 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 Telum AdvancedMC modules allow AdvancedTCA servers to be optimised for next-generation IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) IP-centric applications.

AT-AMC1 carrier blade
This AMC.1-compliant carrier blade supports half-height, full-height and extended full-height AdvancedMC modules. The carrier features two Gigabit Ethernet ports to the base interface and four Gigabit Ethernet ports (2 channels, 2 ports per channel) to the fabric interface of the AdvancedTCA backplane, allowing configuration flexibility for dual star topology. The AT-AMC1 features three AdvancedMC bays supporting x4 PCIe interfaces and one AdvancedMC bay supporting an x8 PCIe interface, plus two Gigabit Ethernet lanes to each AdvancedMC bay in the Common Options region.

AT-AMC2 carrier blade
This carrier blade supports half-height, full-height and extended full-height AdvancedMC modules. The carrier features two Gigabit Ethernet ports to the base interface and ten Gigabit Ethernet ports (4 channels, with 4,4,1,1 port distribution) to the fabric interface of the AdvancedTCA backplane, allowing configuration flexibility for dual star or full mesh topologies. The AT-AMC2 features x4 Gigabit Ethernet lanes to all AdvancedMC bays on lanes 4 – 7 and two Gigabit Ethernet lanes to each AdvancedMC bay in the Common Options region.

To protect customer investment, the onboard IPMI v1.5-compliant Carrier IPMC subsystem on all carrier blades is firmware upgradeable to IPMI v2.0. The Carrier IPMC monitors board voltage and temperature conditions, maintains system status, and provides hot swap support.

Flexibility and modularity
The AdvancedMC architecture has gained significant traction in multiple applications and markets. The AMC.0 standard has been developed to enable flexibility in the architecture of systems using AdvancedMC modularity. The AT-AMC1 and AT-AMC2 products support half-height, full-height and extended-full-height AdvancedMC modules. Extended full-height is particularly useful for high port density AdvancedMC I/O modules such as the Telum 628, 8-port T1/E1/J1. Future configurations will support the emerging mid-size AdvancedMC module form factor.

In keeping with environmental policies, a RoHS-compliant version will be made available.

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