Dublin-based optical packet switch company Intune Networks Ltd. has recently introduced its Verisma iVX8000 network platform, an innovative offering which is completely built on AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) technology from Schroff, a telecom platform deployment provider.
Intune selected the AdvancedTCA architecture for the Verisma product line because it provided a standardized framework that would minimize development costs and reduce time-to-market. ATCA can supply the design and manufacture for the mechanical parts of the system as well as the electronic subsystems such as the backplane, power entry module, rack alarm unit, and clock synchronization unit.
“We looked at a number of packaging providers who had strengths in one area or another, but it was Schroff that best met the criteria of our evaluation process,” said David McDonald, Intune’s vice president of engineering, in a press release. “Their mechanical engineering team, their pedigree in ATCA technology, their strong capability in backplane design, and global coverage through their parent company Pentair – these were the factors that led us to select Schroff as our packaging partner.”
The new product delivers improved carrier-network efficiency, operational simplicity, and flexibility to meet the challenges that are brought due to massive increases in on-demand data traffic.
Additionally, the Verisma iVX8000 product consists of an ATCA-based shelf which allows two of the units to be mounted back-to-back within a standard 600-mm-deep ETSI (News - Alert) cabinet. Each unit is equipped with two power entry modules for dual redundant operation, as well as hot-swap capability on other modules.
“We recognized from the outset that our innovations in controlling optics could be applied to standard components,” David McDonald, Intune’s vice president of Engineering added. “ATCA was already a mature technology that had been adopted fairly broadly by carrier-network operators. While there are a number of standard building blocks within the ATCA ecosystem that we could use, the architecture is also flexible enough to allow any necessary customization to meet the requirements of our particular system specification.”
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Edited by Jamie Epstein