PICMG adds Ethernet Fabric to Advanced Mezzanine Card

PICMG, a consortium of more than 450 companies that collaboratively develop open modular computing specifications for telecommunications and industrial computing applications, announced today that it has released a subsidiary specification for the popular Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC®).

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – April 9th, 2007 – PICMG, a consortium of more than 450 companies that collaboratively develop open modular computing specifications for telecommunications and industrial computing applications, announced today that it has released a subsidiary specification for the popular Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC®). PICMG AMC.2 defines the implementation of 1 and 10 Gbps Ethernet links on AMC.0 Modules and Carriers. The intended implementation practice will normally include at least one link of Ethernet. The Advanced Mezzanine Card specification defines modular daughter cards designed to provide extra functionality to AdvancedTCA® cards. They can also be used to add functionality to any other “carrier” cards and are used as the “blades” in MicroTCA® systems. The base specification (AMC.0) defines the Module's mechanical, interconnect, management, power and thermal requirements. The new AMC.2 specification is limited in scope to defining link usage,management and Electronic-Keying (E-Keying) parameters for Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) on AMCs and Carrier Boards. “Ethernet dominates the embedded multi-vendor serial interconnect market," said Alan Deikman, CTO of ZNYX Networks and chair of the AdvancedMC.2 sub-committee. “It is only logical to extend that to the mezzanine, and we have seen advanced development for AMC.2 already” he added. AMC.2 will be provided free to PICMG members and is available for purchase by non-members. More information, including product listings, can be found at www.picmg.org.

About PICMG

Founded in 1994, PICMG is a consortium of more than 450 companies that collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. The members of the consortium have a long history of developing and using leading-edge products for these industries. For information about PICMG membership, or to find out how to obtain PICMG specifications, visit the PICMG website at www.picmg.org or call PICMG headquarters at (781) 246-9318.

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