Emerson Debuts Dual-Processor, Carrier-Grade AdvancedTCA Server Blade

Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) Embedded Computing business announced a new high-performance, quad-core AdvancedTCA(R) blade for communications infrastructure applications. Known as the KAT6200, the new field replaceable ATCA server blade features a pair of dual-core, Intel Xeon processors, a high-speed ATCA switched fabric, a mid-size AdvancedMC expansion bay, redundant IPMI system management, and an optional 2.5-inch SAS hard drive. Emerson will demo the new blade from June 19 -21 at NXTcomm in booth number 2875.

“The KAT6200 server blade provides a unique blend of carrier-grade computing, high-capacity data storage, integrated system management, and custom expansion capability,” said Jeff Durst, program director for Emerson’s Embedded Computing business. “This combination makes the KAT6200 easy to configure for a broad range of wireless and wireline infrastructure applications requiring high-speed control, packet and database processing, including radio network controllers, media gateways, home location registers, packet traffic processors, and softswitches.”

The KAT6200 features a pair of server-class Woodcrest Xeon LV5138 dual-core processors, each running at 2.13 GHz and equipped with four Mbytes of L2 cache. The two processors, utilizing an Intel 5000P Memory Controller Hub, share access to 16 Gbytes of RAM. The KAT6200 also provides carrier-grade features including 16 Mbytes of persistent SRAM for event logging, and redundant two-Mbyte firmware banks, which protect existing firmware in the event of an unsuccessful upgrade.

To maximize system throughput, the KAT6200 provides separate ATCA control/management and data planes. The KAT6200 also features a high-performance ATCA fabric interface, which makes it ideal for converged packet-based telecom infrastructure applications requiring high data throughput. An Intel 6321ESB I/O Controller provides two Gigabit Ethernet channels to the ATCA base fabric. The Memory Controller Hub provides two Gigabit Ethernet channels to the ATCA High-Speed Fabric.

The KAT6200 features redundant PICMG 3.0 Intelligent Platform Management Interfaces (IPMI), which extend to the 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 manage the KAT6200 and attached AdvancedMC modules.

The KAT6200′s on-board AdvancedMC expansion bay can support a single mid-size, hot-swappable AdvancedMC card, or an on-board 2.5-inch SAS hard drive. The KAT6200 baseboard provides three, high-performance interfaces to the AdvancedMC site: Gigabit Ethernet (x2), PCI Express (x4), and dual SAS interfaces.

Software support for the KAT6200 includes Carrier Grade Linux(R). The KAT6200 will be available in July of this year through Emerson’s Early Customer Involvement program.

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.

About Emerson
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.