Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) new Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, today announced a mid-size Advanced Mezzanine Card. The new mid-size KosaiPM module makes it easy to add reliable, high-performance control and packet processing capability to MicroTCA systems, AdvancedTCA blades, and custom carrier blades equipped with AdvancedMC sites.
The mid-size AdvancedMC form factor, expected to be approved by PICMG in November, enhances flexibility, reliability, and ease of use for both AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA systems. For AdvancedMCs plugged onto an ATCA carrier, the new mid-size form factor provides additional room for front panel LEDs and I/O on the carrier, which makes it easier for field service personnel to monitor and service rack-mounted ATCA blades. The new mid-size form factor also provides enhanced connector reliability and simplifies the integration of AdvancedMC modules into MicroTCA systems.
“AdvancedMC’s versatility makes it ideal for both ATCA mezzanine expansion and as a standalone blade for MicroTCA systems,” said Thanh Nguyen, manager of product management at Emerson. “The new mid-size form factor enhances AdvancedMC reliability, flexibility and usability, which should accelerate widespread acceptance of ATCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA technologies. As an active member of PICMG’s ATCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA committees, and an early adopter of all three technologies, Emerson will continue to champion and deliver enhancements to open platforms that help TEMs get to market faster with cost-effective, best-of-breed infrastructure equipment.”
The KosaiPM is a hot-swappable, Pentium-based, mid-size AdvancedMC card optimized for optical and wireless infrastructure systems, voice gateways, and SS7/SIGTRAN signaling systems that require high-speed control, protocol and packet processing. The low-power module, which consumes a third less power than competitive modules, features a Pentium M processor operating at speeds of up to 1.8 GHz, two Mbytes of Level 2 cache, up to two Gbytes of DDR SDRAM with ECC, a USB 2.0 interface, and a front panel RS-232 console interface.
The KosaiPM’s high-speed AdvancedMC interface combines dual Gigabit Ethernet channels with a 1 x 8 or 2 x 4 PCI Express interface. The KosaiPM also features an I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), which enables the module to be monitored and controlled by remote shelf management controllers. Mass storage support includes an on-board storage interface, which gives the KosaiPM access to Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drives residing on either the carrier card, in other AdvancedMC bays, or MicroTCA system. The KosaiPM also features one Gbyte of flash memory, which enables it to boot and run large applications from flash.
Software support for the KosaiPM includes Carrier Grade Linux. The mid-size, RoHS-compliant KosaiPM will be available in Q4 2006.
About Emerson Network Power
Artesyn Communication Products has now become the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity(TM). Preparing customers for high-stakes opportunities and threats, Emerson Network Power provides reliable power, precision cooling, connectivity and embedded computing solutions for IT, communications, healthcare and industrial systems. Backed by the largest global services organization in the industry, Emerson Network Power offers network reliability programs encompassing engineering, installation, project management and support services.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion.