February 19, 2013
Kontron's Enhanced MicroTCA Carrier Hubs Now Support MTCA.4 Specification
By Meenakshi Shankar
Kontron’s (News - Alert) AM4904/AM4910 MCHs have been enhanced with rear I/O support and precision timing for physical research and high-speed data acquisition applications.
A company specializing in embedded computing technology, Kontron has enhanced its MicroTCA (News - Alert) Carrier Hubs (MCH) AM4904/AM4910 to include support of the MTCA.4 specification.
Micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture, generally known as MicroTCA, is a PICMG (News - Alert) standard for open modular systems based on Advanced Mezzanine Cards. Designed to address high communication bandwidth, high processing capacity and high availability requirements, MicroTCA platforms have enough bandwidth for the most challenging applications.
MicroTCA is an ideal platform for a wide range of application spaces. Offering the MicroTCA enhancements for rear I/O and precision timing, the MCHs are ideally aligned with the requirements of high-speed data acquisition and processing applications. Target (News - Alert) segments include physical research centers and many other high-bandwidth applications that require increased serviceability packed into a compact form factor, and feature high levels of performance, bandwidth and availability.
In a statement, a Kontron official said that by supporting four different high-speed fabric variants – including GbE, sRIO, PCIe and 10 GbE – the new Kontron MicroTCA Carrier Hubs comprise the backbone of practically all data-intensive MicroTCA-based high-performance applications.
Kontron already offers a wide range of various MicroTCA integrated platforms tailored to different application requirements. The Kontron AM4904-BASE/PCIE/SRIO and Kontron AM4910 are ready to use in any MicroTCA platform.
The AM4904/AM4910 MCHs with MTCA.4 support are available with immediate effect.
To meet the demands of every application, the modular Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs come in four different versions. The Kontron AM4904-BASE is a pure Gigabit Ethernet switching version; the Kontron AM4904-PCIE has a combined PCIe mezzanine card; and the Kontron AM4904-SRIO features sRIO. For high bandwidth demands, the Kontron AM4910 provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching.
All versions provide central management and data switching functionality on a full-size, single-width Advanced Mezzanine Card form factor.
Furthermore, the Kontron MicroTCA Configuration Management Software OMVIU is available for remote monitoring and control of MicroTCA systems.
Recently, Kontron also added a brand new series of cloud platform solutions that aim to simplify how managed service providers deploy applications in cloud infrastructure.
Edited by Braden Becker