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Intelligent Platforms xTCA Buildina Blocks

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delivers quality, about your equipment work with a stable and respected supplier. As part of the GE family, we offer you the confidence and security of doing business with one of the most admired companies in the world. We understand the issues that come with increased communications traffic and next genera- tion networks—scalability, security, performance and cost constraints. These are revolutionary times, and it is crucial to work with companies that have the staying power to ride out the ups and downs of economic upheavals. And to know that your suppliers have rigorous design and...

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A modular design usually saves you time, money and regrets. The goal of modular systems is to reduce cost and improve time to market by assembling the entire system with off- the-shelf modules. When you use off-the-shelf modules to assemble a high-performance system, your savings can be significant in the short term. And a modular approach also benefits you in the long term by protecting your hardware invest- ment from obsolescence. Technology advances rapidly, and when it does, a modular system allows you to simply plug in upgraded modules without replacing your entire system. That's why a...

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The xTCA Ecosystem The supply chain for xTCA is thriving, and demand continues to grow. In ATCA systems, ATCA blades plug directly into the ATCA backplane, and AdvancedMC modules plug into the ATCA blades. In MicroTCA systems, the AdvancedMC is used as a mini-blade that plugs into the MicroTCA backplane. For xTCA to thrive, it was imperative for a broad base of suppliers to adopt these standard architectures. 2 Fortunately, xTCA has been endorsed by a global supply chain, and an extremely diverse and competitive group of companies is actively designing, building and promoting products....

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In the late 1990s, several powerful forces combined to promote the creation of ATCA. Demand for network bandwidth seemed insatiable, and telecom equipment manufacturers were hard-pressed to design and build the required new hardware. In addition, the convergence between telephone networks and computer networks was creating a need for new, standard solutions. Plus, the emergence of serial switched fabric interconnects offered the promise of truly high-performance systems. After a great deal of work and study, the AdvancedTCA standard (PICMG® 3.0) was introduced in 2003 and began a steadily...

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MicroTCA Modular Platforms Taking xTCA right to the edge Like ATCA, MicroTCA is an open architecture with a high degree of technology reuse, serial fabric backplanes, high availability/ reliability, hot swappable modules and remote management. However, it is a smaller form factor which is more suitable to applications at the network edge. ATCA was created to address telecom applications, and MicroTCA is an excellent way to extend those capabilities to the edge of the network where the physical size of equipment is a consideration. In addition, the benefits of MicroTCA are being recognized...

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ASLP11 – Root Complex CPU PCIe Transparent Bridge PORTS 4-11 x2 x2 PCIe Transparent Bridge ASLP11 – End Node CPU x2 PORTS 4-11 PCIe Transparent Bridge FCLKA PCIe END A ASLP11 – End Node PORTS 4-11 Functional Core I/O, Storage – End Node PORTS 4-11 PCIe Transparent Bridge PCIe END B PCIe END C CPU FIGURE 1: This PCI Express-based MicroTCA system uses the switch on the PrAMC. As a result , the MCH can be reduced to a single board with a single connector tongue. Based on the PCIe switch and 8 lanes to the backplane, this type of system could support up to 4 end nodes with x2 PCI Express...

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Packet Processors Transform Network Management Increasing demand for network security, multigigabit packet processing and traffic management has fueled a strong appetite for intelligent packet processors. In order to effectively control their networks, providers need to know not only where application traffic originates and where it is going, they must also have detailed information about the application traffic itself. This means that all elements of individual packets must be analyzed by application type and by specific content, a process known as “Deep Packet Inspection” or DPI. DPI...

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Intelligent Network Monitoring information on packet traffic actively monitor ip traffic and retransmit to net work . selectively archive specific packet traffic. host ip packets Decryption & Session Routing specific voip traffic inspect packet traffic. decrypt packet traffic. identify and route voip sessions to application host for security processing. host ip packets 7

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ATCA makes the most of multicore processors. Multicore processors have become the norm largely because adding more cores to the processor can produce higher overall performance, even if the cores run a little more slowly. In compute-intensive applications, where a large number of processors must communicate with high throughput and very low latency, an ATCA chassis offers the required data throughput. ATCA also offers computing density. For example, an ATCA system with 14 dual Intel® 6-core “Westmere” processors yields 168 cores within a single ATCA chassis. 8 Communication applications...

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Supporting customers for the long-term. Protect your investment from the rapid pace of change. Communications hardware may have a service life of many years and even decades. It is an expensive investment that must be protected by Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). GE Intelligent Platforms has long been involved in defense, aerospace and industrial applications, so we have developed a robust PLM capability. Aerospace and military applications have a useful life of decades, yet they rely on commercially-available silicon which may come and go in just a few years. The fact that we have been...

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GE Intelligent Platforms Contact Information Americas: 1 800 433 2682 or 1 434 978 5100 Global regional phone numbers are listed by location on our web site at ©2010 GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc. All rights reserved. *Trademark of GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc. All other brands or names are property of their respective holders. 09.10 10M GFA-1717

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