Artesyn Unveils KAT4000 Configurable AdvancedTCA Blades for Telecom

Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), and a leading supplier of blade products for telecom OEMs, today announced the KAT4000, a new configurable AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade for telecom infrastructure applications. The new ATCA blade, equipped with four AdvancedMC expansion sites, features a versatile switched fabric with support for Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express, and a modular Fat Pipe design that can be upgraded to support Serial RapidIO and 10-Gigabit Ethernet in the future. The KAT4000 also features IPMI system management, an optional Freescale 8548 Management Processor, and a multi-channel PICMG 3.1-compliant, ATCA interface with an aggregate bandwidth of up to eight Gigabit/sec.

“ATCA blades equipped with AdvancedMC expansion sites provide the ultimate open architecture platform for building modular, scaleable, field replaceable telecom blades,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of product management at Artesyn Communication Products. “The KAT4000′s four AdvancedMC sites, high-performance control and data planes, multi-protocol support, and integrated system management make it easy to configure for a broad range of telecom infrastructure applications, including SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, media gateways, traffic processing, wireless base stations and softswitches.”

The KAT4000 supports all standard AdvancedMC modules, including single-width half-height, single-width full-height, and double-width full-height. Fully configured, the blade can accommodate up to four modules.

To maximize system throughput and flexibility, the KAT4000 provides separate control/management and data planes, each with its own independent switching capability and ATCA fabric connection. The control/management plane, available with an optional Freescale 8548 Management Processor complex that includes up to two Gbytes of DDR2 DRAM and one GBbyte of NAND flash memory, utilizes separate Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express switches to connect each AdvancedMC site to the ATCA Base Fabric.

The KAT4000′s data plane, utilizing an upgradeable Fat Pipe switch, connects each AdvancedMC site to the ATCA High Speed Fabric. A single Gigabit Ethernet channel links each AdvancedMC site with the switch, which uses two Gigabit Ethernet channels to access the High Speed Fabric. The KAT4000′s Fat Pipe switch is implemented as a replaceable module, which will enable Artesyn to offer a variety of other protocol options in the future, including PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

The KAT4000 features a PICMG 3.0 Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI version 1.5 with ATCA extensions), which is extended to each AdvancedMC site. This interface, incorporating dual I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Buses (IPMB), enhances system management by making it easy for shelf management controllers to monitor, control and exchange management with the KAT4000 and its AdvancedMC modules.

The KAT4000 can be readily configured with a variety of custom and off-the-shelf network access (WAN and LAN), control, packet/protocol, and media processing modules. Artesyn’s Pentium M-based KosaiPM AdvancedMC module, for example, makes an ideal control plane processor for optical and wireless infrastructure. It is also ideal for augmenting packet processing and routing performance in voice gateways, and for enhancing protocol processing performance in SS7 and SIGTRAN signaling control points and gateways. Artesyn is also working with partner Surf Communications to integrate Surf’s DSP-based AdvancedMC cards, which will enable the KAT4000 to offer triple play media processing for applications such as media gateways.

The KAT4000 complies with all major safety, EMC, and environmental standards, including IEC60950/EN60950, UL60950, CSA C22.2, Global IEC – CB Scheme Report IEC 60950), NEBS Telecordia GR-63, and GR1089 Level 3, FCC Part 15 (U.S. and Canada), and ETSI EN300386-V1.3.1.

Software support for the KAT4000 includes Carrier Grade Linux.

About Artesyn Technologies, Inc.
Artesyn Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, FL., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power conversion and single-board computing solutions for infrastructure applications in telecommunications and data-communications systems. The Company’s products are used in middle to high-end servers, data storage devices, routers, hubs, high-speed modems, RF amplification systems, base station controllers and transceivers. The Company has a global sales reach with design and manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. Artesyn is a public company whose common stock is traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol ATSN.