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Emerson's NEBS Compliant Payload Blades Give Increased Performance


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July 05, 2011

Emerson's NEBS Compliant Payload Blades Give Increased Performance

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Emerson Network Power has just launched its first 40G AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) (ATCA) payload blade. The NEBS compliant ATCA-9405 will help telecom equipment manufacturers boast an increased performance of up to four times, when compared to the previously introduced ATCA blades.

Company officials at Emerson (News - Alert) stated in a recent article  that the new blades are perfect for high-touch and high-throughput packet processing applications needed to meet the demands of data-intensive networks.

Some of these applications, according to the article, are 4G LTE mobile networks for transport and control plane functions, lawful interception and packet gateways; network security applications such as unified threat management, session border controllers and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS); deep packet inspection applications for policy enforcement and quality of service control and secure cloud services such as application-aware switching.

The article claims that the blades feature dual OCTEON II CN6880 processors from Cavium, each with 32 cnMIPS cores running at up to 1.5GHz.

In addition, the company revealed that the ATCA-9405 has been created to maximize the deep packet inspection, security application processing and raw throughput of the OCTEON processors.

"The introduction of the ATCA-9405 marks the third phase in our proven 40G ATCA deployment strategy as detailed in our free eBook," said Rob Pettigrew, director of marketing for embedded computing at Emerson Network Power (News - Alert) in a statement.

Two 40G ATCA data fabric connections have the ability to operate active/active as well as active/standby, and the ATCA-9405 can fully power Ethernet cable terminations of up to 82Gbps via a rear transition module (RTM) offering a total maximum throughput of 328Gbps, said Emerson.

"For network equipment providers who are concerned about integration of multiple blades at the new 40GbE data rate, the promise of interoperability and compatibility from a platform provider such as Emerson Network Power will be very reassuring," Pettigrew added.

Steve Klinger, Cavium director for OCTEON product marketing, said the blade design of the ATCA-9405 allows the speed of the new OCTEON II processor to be used to its full effect in the most demanding security and packet inspection applications.

The new blade has the capability to work in conjunction with software including Wind River's (News - Alert) Linux 4.x operating system, Cavium' s packet processing software development kit, 6WIND's 6WINDGate fast path networking stacks, and field proven L2 and optional L3 Ethernet switch management.


Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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