Emerson Embedded Computing Joins SCOPE Alliance

Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) Embedded Computing business announced that it has joined the SCOPE Alliance as a Contributing Member. Emerson also announced its first product to comply with the SCOPE AdvancedMC port map gap analysis. The SCOPE-compliant AdvancedTCA blade, known as the KAT4000S, is equipped with four AdvancedMC sites.

As a SCOPE contributor, Emerson is working with other SCOPE members to develop common usage profiles for AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and MicroTCA that enhance interoperability, facilitate volume production of modular components, expand the open architecture ecosystem, and simplify integration for telecom equipment makers.

The SCOPE Alliance is an industry association aimed at accelerating the deployment of Carrier Grade Base Platforms for service provider applications. Its mission is to enable and promote the availability of open Carrier Grade Base Platforms based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware and software building blocks, and to promote interoperability to better serve Service Providers and consumers.

SCOPE publishes common usage profiles for open architecture platforms like AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and MicroTCA that foster interoperability and address the technical requirements needed to integrate modular blades, shelves and modules in an open architecture environment. These profiles, in addition to facilitating interoperability, accelerate widespread deployment by enabling hardware manufacturers like Emerson to confidently make the investments needed to commercialize open architecture boards and shelves, which are the foundation for carrier grade base platforms.

“As a SCOPE Contributor and pioneer in the development and early adoption of open standards like ATCA, AdvancedMC and MicroTCA, we look forward to continuing our work with SCOPE to develop common usage profiles that enhance interoperability and make open systems more attractive to TEMs,” said Stuart Jamieson, director of industry relations at Emerson. “We have already taken the lead in implementing SCOPE’s ATCA and AdvancedMC profiles, including the critical AdvancedMC port map needed to support AdvancedMC’s multi-protocol capabilities in a consistent fashion.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Emerson as a SCOPE contributor, and appreciate the work they are doing to further the development of common user profiles for emerging open architecture platforms like ATCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA” said Magnus Karlson, Chairman of SCOPE Alliance. “We’re also pleased to see Emerson move forward as an early adopter of the technology, which we believe will hasten the adoption of open architecture platforms among TEMs.”

The KAT4000S is a configurable ATCA blade that can accommodate up to four AdvancedMC modules. The KAT4000S provides separate control/management and data planes, each with its own independent switching capability and ATCA fabric connection. The KAT4000S also features a PICMG 3.0 Intelligent Platform Management Interface. This interface, which also extends to each AdvancedMC site, enhances system management by making it easy for shelf management controllers to monitor, control and exchange management with the KAT4000S and its AdvancedMC modules.

About Emerson Network Power
The Embedded Computing business of 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 2006 were $20.1 billion.