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On the loss of Joe Pavlat, a friend and mentor
My first day of work in the embedded computing space came the day after the Super Bowl in 2011. I had about as much knowledge of the high-tech industry as your casual commuter who catches a news snippet on one of the big five tech companies while buying their morning coffee, and frankly didn’t think [...]
This popular standard continues to be updated as improvements and changes to silicon continue. The subcommittee has been focused on support for four 10 G KR interfaces with a new Type 7 pinout. Discussions have revolved around the total number of signals to support the 10 G channels, including interfaces for PHY configuration, LEDs, and [...]
Hardware Platform Management
The Hardware Platform Management (HPM) subcommittee started work in January 2015 with a focus on enabling the PICMG HPM layer for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). See the article “Adding IoT friendliness to AdvancedTCA and related specifications” in the Winter 2015 issue of PICMG Systems and Technology for background on the history and importance of [...]
The Physics community that developed ATCA 3.8 rear transition module (RTM) extension and MTCA.4 with µRTM is very close to issuing a set of new hardware extensions, called MTCA.4.1, which introduce an additional rear backplane to support both precision analog and digital functions. The backplane supports ancillary rear power modules that can deliver positive and [...]
100 G AdvancedTCA
PICMG recently released Revision 3 of the PICMG 3.1 specification, which defines the use of Ethernet (and Fibre Channel) on the AdvancedTCA (ATCA) backplane. This important update increases the backplane bandwidth by 2.5 times, from 40 GB/s to 100 GB/s. ATCA remains the fastest open standard for communications applications; this increased bandwidth is critical for [...]
Achieving interoperability and cohesion amongst MicroTCA vendors
MicroTCA has some powerful and compelling features, especially in the realm of system management. The more advanced the features are, the most complex the process can become. This is one of the reasons why the Interoperability Workshops (IWs) are so important. One of the key benefits of MicroTCA is that the ecosystem’s interoperability was built [...]
Storage just got Interesting for AdvancedMC-based systems
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.
Where does xTCA fit in SDN?
It’s widely known throughout the carrier world that there is an alarming trend in the ARPU, as well as cost per bit. This has driven a significant interest in the carrier world in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), which separates the control and data planes in network switches. At the first day of AdvancedTCA Summit 2012, many of the presentations – and much of the hall talk – was centered around OpenFlow, the preeminent SDN specification, and how it can/may be used in future carrier network architectures.