Emerson Unveils KSI8560 AdvancedMC for Telecom Applications

Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) Embedded Computing business announced the KSI8560, a new Advanced Mezzanine Card for telecom infrastructure applications. Combining a PowerQUICC III controller with up to eight channelized E1/T1 spans, the new card provides carrier-class, high-speed protocol and packet processing, signaling and WAN access for MicroTCA systems, AdvancedTCA blades, and custom carrier blades equipped with AdvancedMC sites.

“The KSI8560 combines high-speed processing, versatile WAN access, integrated system management and a high-bandwidth switched fabric interface in a flexible, easy to integrate AdvancedMC form factor,” said Ben Sample, program manager at Emerson. “It also provides high availability features such as dual flash banks and persistent memory that help equipment makers achieve five nines or greater up time. The KSI8560 should be very attractive to telecom equipment providers who are looking to add carrier class packet processing, protocol processing, network access, and signaling to their infrastructure systems.”

The KSI8560 is equipped with Freescale’s PowerQUICC III MPC8560. Utilizing a PowerPC Book E core running at speeds of up to 1 GHz, the MPC8560 features a 333-MHz Communications Processor Module (CPM) that integrates an Ethernet controller, TDM ports for up to eight T1/E1 spans, ATM support, an I2C controller, and a PCIe interconnect. The KSI8560 also features up to 256 Mbytes of SDRAM, 16 Mbytes of persistent memory (PSRAM), eight Mbytes of NOR boot flash (for redundant 4-Mbyte devices), 1 Gbyte of NAND flash for non-volatile RAM and True Flash File System storage, and an additional 512 kbytes of socketed flash.

The KSI8560 is available in compact, mid-height, and full-size AdvancedMC form factors.

The KSI8560′s high-speed AdvancedMC interface combines dual Gigabit Ethernet channels with a scalable PCIe fat pipe that provides an aggregate bandwidth of up to 8 Gbit/sec. The KSI8560 also features an I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), which enables the module to be monitored and controlled by remote shelf management controllers.

When equipped with Emerson’s SpiderWareM3UA signaling software, the KSI8560 is transformed into a scalable signaling gateway, which can provide up to 128 SS7 channels with 100% line utilization in an ATCA environment. This bundled solution demonstrates the true power of the KSI8560, a flexible AMC that can be used for Signaling Transfer Points, Service Control Points, Signaling Gateways, and Base Station Controllers applications.

Operating system support for the KSI8560 includes a Linux support package for Monta Vista Carrier Grade Edition 4.x and VxWorks 6.2.

The KSI8560 is RoHS/WEEE compliant. The KSI8560 also 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.

The KSI8560 will be generally available during the first quarter of 2008.

About 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.