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MicroTCA Carrier Hub Family Supports Four Fabric Types
MicroTCA is finding a niche in military applications—particularly those focused on marrying high-speed fabric interconnects with networking and comms functionality. A new line of modular carrier hubs (MCHs) in the AMC/MicroTCA form factor is aimed at fulfilling the management needs of data-intensive MicroTCA applications. With GbE, sRIO, PCIe or even 10 GbE fabrics, they support four different high-speed fabric variants. The AM4904/AM4910 MCHs from Kontron come in four versions: a pure Gigabit Ethernet switching MCH, in combination with a PCIe mezzanine or with sRIO, and for high-bandwidth demands, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching.
Equipped with a 600 MHz PowerPC 405EX processor for MCMC functionality and switching management, they enable highly efficient, redundant system architectures with up to 12 AMCs, two cooling units and four power units. All Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs feature a clock implementation and a PCI Express fabric clocking distribution. They also include high-performance features such as a wire speed, Enterprise-Class Ethernet switch with Layer 2 switching and Multi-Cast support including full 4K VLANs and link aggregation, quality-of-service support (QoS) and a packet classification engine for flexible access control lists.