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AMCs deliver high-capacity connectivity solution

Posted: 14 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:communication controllers  AdvancedMC  MicroTCA 

AMC304, AMC305

Performance Technologies has announced the availability of two new communication controllers. These new products, the AMC304 and AMC305, join the company's growing list of AdvancedMC (AMC) modules for deployments in telecommunications, aerospace and defence, as well as commercial markets needing time-division multiplexing (TDM) communication controllers in an AMC form factor.

The new offerings, according to the company, are part of its product strategy to increase the number of supporting AMCs with integrated software to its customer base who use the company's MicroTCA platform, the MTC5070. Communication equipment manufacturers can now select from these two new, mid-size, single-slot communication controllers for their products.

Both AMCs are fully integrated with the company's NexusWare, a robust Carrier Grade Linux OS and development environment, as well as a complete suite of integrated communications protocols including MTP2 (SS7), HDLC, ISDN, X.25, and Frame Relay. The combination of the company's tightly integrated hardware and NexusWare provides equipment manufactures with a highly cost-effective approach to rapid product integration and deployment that can help improve bottom-line results.

Each AMC module features four individually selectable T1/E1/J1 connections and provides the ability to deliver a wide range of Voice-over-IP, wireless, and IP Multimedia Sub-system (IMS) infrastructure application elements. Both feature a Freescale MPC8560 PowerQUICCIII processor running at 833MHz and up to 1GB of SDRAM. PCI Express and gigabit Ethernet enable rapid exchange of payload information. TDM traffic can be transmitted to other modules in a system via an I-TDM-over-Ethernet interface that is available on the AMC305 model only.

"In today's cost-conscious economy, everyone is looking to reduce costs, including equipment manufacturers," said Steven Wigent, product manager at Performance Technologies. "Using our new AMC modules along with our NexusWare Carrier Grade Linux software suite and cost-effective MicroTCA solutions, developers can easily and more affordably bring carrier-grade packet and protocol processing, network access, and media applications into their designs."

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