Friday, August 1, 2008

AMC and ATCA - technologies to rule!

From childhood days, I was fascinated about how computer works.. those little games, and characters moving on keystroke, storing my data all happens like a magic. Once I was searching in Internet about the devices inside the computer, I came to know that there are more components than what i thought of. Not only the hard disk, mother board Ram and stuffs like that. But there are more things like controllers(eg: input/ output controllers)
For a couple of months I was in to finding more information about these things and I found some thing called Advanced Mezzanine Card or AdvancedMC, which are printed circuitry boards that follows PICMG(a group involving more that 100 companies as members) The AMC.x, is the official specification designed to work in any carrier card
These specifications range from AMC.0, which is the base or the core specification to AMC.4, which is under development, and deals with Serial RapidIO(technology for interconnecting chips on a circuit board).
The other specifications are AMC.1 for PCI Express (and PCI Express Advanced Switching) (ratified), AMC.2 dealing the Gigabit Ethernet and XAUI (Still under review) and AMC.3 deals with storage(ratified). One of the major players in this field is Kontron, who is there from 1962. A world market leader and OEM supplier, Kontron deals with storage modules based on SAS and SATA to the I/O modules providing the Gbe up links support. From the Pentium M card to the latest Dual core, AMC processor modules can handle it all. This company helps most of the companies out there to save time in launching a product. With supply of technology backed blocks that helps in building the future of networking, Kontron is surely a market leader in AdvancedMC and AdvancedTCA. AdvancedTCA, which is the new standard in telecom communication. AdvancedTCA provides standardized platform architecture for carrier-grade telecommunication applications, with support for carrier-grade features like ETSI, NEBS, 99.999% availability...etc. These technologies will definitely decides the future.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing

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