ATCA blade uses dual processors

NOVEMBER 11, 2009--The dual-processor ATCA blade MIC-5322, based on Intel's Xeon Processor 5500, uses an underlying architecture and software drivers that are identical to the MIC-5320 single-processor model.

Nov 11th, 2009

NOVEMBER 11, 2009--The dual-processor ATCA blade MIC-5322, based on Intel's Xeon Processor 5500, uses an underlying architecture and software drivers that are identical to the MIC-5320 single-processor model, making software fully reusable. Customers can choose the module that matches their application performance needs and chassis cooling capabilities. In addition to supporting hot-swappable rear transition modules (RTM) for explicit carrier grade or HA applications that require it, the blade adheres to Advantech's Common RTM definition developed to maximize interoperability and re-use between RTMs and ATCA blades. These guidelines clearly define the management interface and RTM port mapping for interconnects such as USB, PCIe, XAUI, and SAS.
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-- Posted by Carrie Meadows, Vision Systems Design, www.vision-systems.com

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PRESS RELEASE

Advantech Launches 2nd Intel Xeon 5500 ATCA Blade

Dual Processor version offers optimal 8-core/16-thread performance

Irvine, California - Hot on the heels of its first Intel Xeon Processor 5500-based AdvancedTCA design, Advantech today announced it will be sampling a dual processor ATCA blade version with selected customers next month. The MIC-5322 follows smoothly in the tracks of the single processor design and offers ultimate performance for power hungry OEMs who have no reservations about cooling blades over the 200W thermal design envelope.

Protected Investment with Software and Hardware Re-Usability
The underlying architecture and software drivers remain identical to the MIC-5320 single processor model making software fully reusable. Customers can freely choose the module which matches their application performance needs and chassis cooling capabilities.

In addition to supporting hot-swappable rear transition modules (RTM) for explicit carrier grade or HA applications that require it, the MIC-5322 blade adheres to Advantech's Common RTM definition developed to maximize interoperability and re-use between RTMs and ATCA blades. These guidelines clearly define the management interface and RTM port mapping for interconnects such as USB, PCIe, XAUI and SAS. In this way, customized RTM's can be re-used among different blades and generation of blades.

Faster Processing and Enhanced Network Connectivity Speed End-to-End Throughput
The MIC-5322 is the third in a line of Advantech designs based on the Intel Xeon 5500 series where the higher processing power, improved DDR3 memory latency, faster PCI Express 2.0, and accelerated virtualization technologies provide impressive processing capacity. The design enhancements in Intel's new 82599 10 GbE controller also play a key role in end-to-end network performance and throughput. Compared to the previous generation Intel 82598, the Intel 82599 is packed with new and improved features contributing up to a 2.5 times improvement in LAN throughput. Corresponding hardware optimizations in the Intel 82599 include a new PCI Express 2.0 interface (5 Gbps) to improve the entire data path as well as intelligent queue support (VMDq) optimized for multi-core processors.

The MIC-5322 is a key element in applications such as IMS media gateways, application servers and media servers or in 3G network infrastructure elements such as serving and gateway support nodes as well as in LTE-specific elements including Mobile Management Entities and Serving Gateways.

The introduction of Advantech's MIC-5322 follows the early success of the MIC-5320 ATCA blade & the FWA-6500 network application platform. By using common architecture products across multiple form factors and platforms customers can deploy a scalable product line with maximum software re-use. For more information please call your sales team or visit us at www.advantech.com/NCG or E-mail to NCG@advantech.com.

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About Advantech - Founded in 1983, Advantech delivers visionary and trustworthy industrial computing solutions that empower businesses. We cooperate closely with solution partners to provide complete solutions for a wide array of applications in diverse industries, offering products and solutions in three business categories: Embedded ePlatform, eServices & Applied Computing, and Industrial Automation groups. Advantech provides mission critical hardware to the world's leading communications and networking equipment manufacturers. Whether it's wired or wireless, nodes at the core or edge of the network, Advantech's products are embedded in the OEM equipment that our world's network and communications infrastructure depends upon. With a proven track record in designing, manufacturing, servicing boards and systems for the world's leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Advantech has the scope, scale, and expertise to create integrated customization services that meet the requirements of mission-critical communications and networking markets.

With more than 3,400 dedicated employees, Advantech operates an extensive support, sales and marketing network in 18 countries and 39 major cities to deliver fast time-to-market services to our worldwide customers. Advantech is a Premier Member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance, a community of embedded and communications developers and solution providers. (Corporate Website: www.advantech.com).

Networks and Communications Group specific information can be found at: http://www.advantech.com/NCG

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