Justin Moll, VadaTech, Inc.
The Higher Speed Ethernet Fabrics for MicroTCA.0 and AMC.2 committee is working to bring 40 GbE to these specifications. The specification currently runs at up to 10 GbE levels per 10GBASE-KX and 10GBASE-KR. There are several pieces involved in this effort, and careful attention has been made to its effect on related specifications.
Storage is one of those system elements where demands con-tinue to rise whatever the application. Whether it’s the massive data gathered from electronic surveillance in military and homeland security, or a data log and history record for networking and research applications, the need to have modular and scalable storage is paramount. Advanced Mezza-nine Cards (AMCs) have typically provided a solid solution for most applications. Now AMC-based systems like MicroTCA (µTCA) and AdvancedTCA (ATCA) can have storage options that are even more compelling.
The AdvancedMC (AMC) specifications were developed as a mezzanine approach to support AdvancedTCA (ATCA) systems. In the early days of ATCA, standardized AMC carriers were adopted to provide more modularity, scalability, and I/O options. With the pluggable AMCs on the carrier, a fixed ATCA board suddenly became very versatile. Later, these same AMCs were the core of the MicroTCA (mTCA) platform. So, it is perhaps not surprising that the architectures are continuing to converge in new ways to offer even more performance and flexibility.