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ATCA has carved out a respectable niche in the military where high-density computing and net-centric communications are a priority. A 24-port GbE AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Multilayer Base Switch Blade is based on the Broadcom BCM56312 switch chip. It supports up to thirteen GbE ports for a 14-slot PICMG 3.0 ATCA system, with six egress GbE ports and two 10GbE SFP+ uplink ports via front panel access. The aTCA-3150 from Adlink Technology incorporates Broadcom’s Fastpath networking software and is designed for ATCA adopters (NEPs & TEMs) who require AMC modularity, Gigabit layer 3 switching, a scalable control-plane engine and high-availability Base Interface.
The Adlink aTCA-3150 is equipped with Broadcom’s Fastpath networking software. Fastpath takes advantage of Broadcom BCM56312 switch silicon, which supports features such as 802.1Q-2005 Virtual LANs with port-based VLANs, IEEE 802.3ac VLAN tagging, IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation, 802.1D-2004 Spanning Tree, RFC 4541 IGMP snooping and port mirroring.
The aTCA-3150 provides a COM Express Type 2 site for expansion with a processing subsystem, allowing users to tailor processing power to application demands. In addition, two mid-sized AMC bays for I/O expansion are also supported to suit the needs of different applications. The aTCA-3150 provides 10/100/1000Base-TX GbE and layer 3 switching on Base Interface with support for 14-slot shelves. It offers six front panel RJ-45 egress Gigabit Ethernet copper ports plus two 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ optical uplink ports in connection with the Base Interface domain. The aTCA-3150’s switch blade design incorporates a powerful Freescale MPC8313E PowerQUICC II Pro 333 MHz processor for local management functions. This processor is used for managing the BCM56312 GbE switch and for hosting the Fastpath networking software switching and management modules. Pricing starts at $3,815.
ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA (408) 495-5557. [www.adlinktech.com].