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SBC for 4G apps uses new Intel Xeon processor

Posted: 01 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ATCA  socket design  single board computer  virtualisation 

Promentum ATCA-4500

Embedded solutions provider RadiSys Corp. has released a new AdvancedTCA (ATCA) single board computer (SBC) utilising the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. The Promentum ATCA-4500 combines high performance with large memory capacity and expansion flexibility to address advanced control, gateway and telecom server functions for a broad set of 4G applications including Long-Term Evolution (LTE), WiMAX, Network Management Systems (NMS), and IMS IP Multimedia Sub-system (IMS).

The ATCA-4500 represents seventh-generation RadiSys ATCA blade technology delivering on the promise of Moore's law – doubling the number of transaction or subscriber units that Telecom Service Providers can handle per ATCA slot – thereby, dramatically reducing cost per unit.

RadiSys' ATCA-4500 has been optimised to meet Telecom Equipment Manufacturer (TEM) requirements for easily integrating into an existing ATCA chassis and for supporting multiple storage options and OS virtualisation. The ATCA-4500 features an innovative virtualisation solution that allows TEMs to streamline the complexities of their network element configurations and ease the porting of legacy application software and operating systems.

The ATCA-4500 is based on breakthrough Intel processing technology enabling TEMs to use higher performing silicon at the system level. The ATCA-4500 is based on single socket design technology and provides TEMs with higher performance while being packaged such that it is fully upgradeable for next generation performance, safeguarding their investments in hardware by avoiding costly redesigns when new processing technology from Intel hits the market.

"Intel's highest performing processor, the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, is designed to meet the performance and virtualisation requirements for the most demanding storage, security and communications infrastructure applications," said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager, Embedded and Communication Group of Intel. "This enables the RadiSys Promentum ATCA-4500 to support both legacy and next generation applications on the same virtualised communications element without sacrificing performance."

The ATCA-4500 has been designed to offer the highest performance while minimising the total cost of ownership. It offers more than a 50% increase in performance per watt per dollar over a dual socket Intel Xeon processor L5408 based ATCA blade. The processor and feature set were selected so it could pass the NEBS thermal requirements in chassis already deployed in the field, eliminating the need for a fork lift upgrade.

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