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PT Unveils Telecom Platform Deployment Solution for Next-Gen Network Applications


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October 24, 2011

PT Unveils Telecom Platform Deployment Solution for Next-Gen Network Applications

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

PT, a provider of advanced network communications technologies, has just launched its new telecom platform deployment solution, Monterey 8000.

The flagship offering of Monterey MicroTCA Platforms, Monterey 8000 is designed in accordance with the newly ratified PICMG (News - Alert) MicroTCA.4 specification. It is the first fully integrated MTCA.4, application-ready telecom platform deployment solution that has been specially designed for high-performance, next-generation network applications.

"PT is exploring new horizons with the creation of Monterey, a line that encompasses our wide array of MicroTCA (News - Alert) technology;" said John Slusser, president and CEO of PT, in a statement.

"We leverage our thirty year history and strong base of expertise in computing systems design to introduce a platform that fills a gap in the open-standards ecosystem - a platform that sets a higher standard upon which to measure all future performance."

Today's next-generation network architectures demand greater processing capability, more memory, and high-speed IP, but they are faced with challenges of limited space and competitive price points. While ATCA offers extreme computing power to satisfy Network Core demands, its larger footprint inhibits flexibility.

The MicroTCA base design, on the other hand, is the ideal size for Edge-based applications, but does not offer upward scalability. The Aggregation Layer, located in the space between the Core and the Edge, is left needing a cost-effective standards-based solution with plenty of compute performance, flexible I/O, and high-speed bandwidth. 

Monterey 8000 is created to fill that void by offering a flexible platform, specifically suited for next-generation applications. It is fully compatible with MicroTCA.4 and offers carrier-grade five-nines availability and up to twelve AMC slots with rear transition modules (RTMs), plus dual/redundant MicroTCA carrier hubs (MCHs) with RTMs.

The telecom platform deployment solution is further enhanced with the addition of two key super-set capabilities vital for a long product life cycle: a seamless 40Gb Ethernet extension to allow each AMC slot to support future data bandwidth demands and 160 watts per slot, and exclusive extended power design, which doubles the power budget for each AMC slot to 160 watts to anticipate the demands of future high-speed multi-core and special purpose processors.

Monterey 8000 is relevant to NGN application developers in five major markets including telecom equipment manufacturers, wireless equipment manufacturers, military/aerospace primes, commercial systems providers, and industrial systems providers.

 PT plans to ship the Monterey 8000 in fourth quarter 2011.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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