PICMG adopts 40G ATCA specification, AdvancedTCA 3.1R2.0

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Today, PICMG announced the adoption of the AdvancedTCA 3.1R2.0 specification for 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) systems, quadrupling the achievable bandwidth of AdvancedTCA (ATCA) systems. 40G ATCA, as it is known, enables a single, full mesh-designed chassis to facilitate 10 Terabytes per second (Tbps) data transfers, which equates to the simultaneous switching and transport of more than 2 million HD video channels.

The PICMG 3.1R2.0 specification defines a 40 Gbps fabric interface that maintains the I/O and backward compatibility necessary for a fluid evolution of AdvancedTCA, while providing the throughput necessary for the increasing demand for data bandwidth. Demonstrations of 40G ATCA chassis and components will be held at the 2012 Advanced/MicroTCA Summit on September 18-19 at the Santa Clara Marriott in San Jose, California. The AdvancedTCA 3.1R2.0 specification is available for purchase at http://www.picmg.org/v2internal/specorderformsec.htm.

The most popular open standard architecture in the telecommunications market, AdvancedTCA is deployed in a variety of communications and defense applications, and is projected to gross US $1 billion globally in 2012. Originally ratified in 2003, AdvancedTCA systems are deployed worldwide and supported by hundreds of vendors.