Kontron has taken the wraps off the AT8901, an AdvancedTCA Base and Fabric Hub Board it plans to introduce in three months supporting two AdvancedMC modules as well as Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI) switch fabric options.
Built using the Merlin ASI Switch module from Stargen, the AT8901 is being targeted at the needs of telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and sndependent software developers who are ramping up new designs based on the ASI specification.
Thomas Thoet, Product Manager Telecom at Kontron said the AT8901 supports
ASI connectivity with 5-slot AdvancedTCA chassis, and can be used for 14- and 16-slot AdvancedTCA shelves with a cost optimized GbE version for pure server applications.
Designed with flexible uplink options on front panel and RTM, the AT8901's two AdvancedMC slots are intended, he said, to be used for an assortment of AdvancedMC modules, including processing (acting as the system controller which
saves one AdvancedTCA slot); HDD as mass storage device; SETS (Synchronous Equipment Timing Source) providing network synchronization for telecom applications; and a dual 10GbE fabric inter-link to enable multi-shelf AdvancedTCA systems.
The AT8901 is available in two versions, either with a base interface only (GbE) or with a base and fabric Interface together (1 x GbE, 2 x GbE), and can support up to 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks connected via AdvancedMC slots. Also
supported is full redundancy, comprehensive Layer 2 & 3 protocols, and hot swap. It can be used for any network topology (star, dual-star, mesh).
Thoet said the AT8901 can be managed via SNMP, TELNET, and CLI, either in-band or out of band via 10/100Base-T Ethernet or RS232. The hub board supports IPMI version 1.5, Ethernet/Bridging protocols including link aggregation (802.3ad), VLANs (802.1Q), Spanning Tree (802.1D, 802.1w), QoS (802.1p), Flow control (802.3x), GVRP, GMRP as well as IP routing protocols (OSPFv2, RIPv2, VRRP, IGMP snooping, IPv4 forwarding, DiffServ, ARP, ICMP).
Available in the third quarter of the year, OEM pricing is available on request.
Kontron North America
San Diego, Ca.