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Emerson Network Power Accelerates Telecom Platform Deployment with New ATCA Media Processing Blade


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September 17, 2012

Emerson Network Power Accelerates Telecom Platform Deployment with New ATCA Media Processing Blade

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) (ATCA) is used extensively in telecom platform deployment applications and is essentially a series of specifications that incorporates the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies, next-generation processors, and improved reliability, availability and serviceability.

Recently, Emerson Network Power (News - Alert) launched its new ATCA media processing blade that provides the highest density of digital signal processing (DSP) cores of any commercially available blade.

The new ATCA-8320 is capable of accelerating the development and deployment of very high density IP media processing applications in several telecom platform deployment scenarios like session border controllers, media gateways and servers, media resource functions, mobile video optimization, video communications and conferencing servers, and interactive voice and video response systems.

By enabling developers to offer a low entry cost and pay-as-you-grow options for their users, the new solution addresses the time to market, efficiency, and performance concerns of equipment manufacturers.

Featuring up to 576 DSP cores and utilizing the sophisticated media processing software ATCA-8320, the new ATCA-8320 is the first ATCA blade on the market that uses Octasic's (News - Alert) ground-breaking asynchronous DSP technology and also features Octasic's Vocallo MGW voice and video software.

In addition to featuring 24 Octasic OCT2224M DSPs, the ATCA-8320 blade features an eight-core Freescale QorIQ P4080 device for advanced IP flow management and distribution and a dual core Intel (News - Alert) Core i7 processor for local control and management applications. This unique combination of processor technologies is designed to maximize the flow processing and management capability of a single ATCA blade.

"The ability to manipulate media streams in carrier networks has become a source of critical advantage to network operators and service providers,” said Rob Pettigrew, marketing director of Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing business. “The ATCA-8320 brings multicore DSPs and the powerful Vocallo voice and video software together with Emerson's leading ATCA system heritage and thermal design skill, resulting in an industry-leading media processing density for the next generation of ATCA-based voice and video processing systems," Pettigrew added.

The blade can offload voice and video processing from an X86-based system at resolutions up to 1080p. Featuring  "gateway-on-a-blade" architecture, the ATCA-8320 blade also makes it suitable for use as a standalone gateway element, allowing a high degree of scalability from very small to very large.

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