Madison, Wis. - Artesyn Communication Products is increasing the density of its SS7 signaling capabilities with the release of a signaling blade that can deliver up to 64 SS7 signaling channels in wireless-infrastructure and soft-switch designs.
With cellular deployments increasing and telcos looking to keep costs down, system designers are being pressed to pack as many SS7 signaling channels as possible into chassis architectures. Recognizing this need, Artesyn reworked its existing SpiderWareSS7 blade, which supports up to 32 SS7 channels, and developed the SpiderWareSS7 2.0, which pushes SS7 signaling density into the 64-channel range.
Artesyn's SpiderWareSS7 comes with a baseboard developed around an 800-MHz IBM PowerPC 750FX processor. The board also provides two PCI mezzanine card (PMC) slots, 32 kbytes each of L1 instruction and data cache, 512 kbytes of L2 cache and up to 1 Gbyte of synchronous DRAM memory.
To add SS7 capabilities to the baseboard, designers plug two modules into the PMC slots. Developed around the PowerQuicc II processor, each module can deliver up to 32 channels of SSL signaling as well as support for up to eight T1/E1 ports. They also offer 128 Mbytes of SDRAM, 16 Mbytes of flash and 1 Mbyte of SRAM.
To complement the modules, Artesyn provides an SS7 software package. The base SpiderWareSS7 platform is delivered with a Streams-based implementation for SS7's lower-level message transport part 1 (MTP1) and MTP2 protocol layers. Upper layer SSL protocols, such as MTP3, ISUP and MCCP, are also available.
The SpiderWareSS7 board is developed around a PICMG 2.16-compliant packet-switched backplane and delivers a separate PICMG 2.9-compliant IPMI interface for linking up with management systems.
The board is available now with prices starting at $7,400.