Madison, Wisc.Board maker Artesyn Communication Products is rolling out a less-than-$1500 protocol processing board for applications such as SS7/SIGTRAN (Signaling System 7/signal transport) signaling and ATM AAL-5 (asynchronous transfer mode).
Artesyn's new Pm8560 board gives you a way to add protocol processing and signaling capability to telecom systems equipped with PMC or PTMC (PCI Telephony Mezzanine Card) expansion slots. Systems with these slots include the company's own Katana AdvancedTCA and PICMG 2.16 (Compact PCI Packet Switching Backplane) blades.
The Pm8560 can be used for a range of applications requiring multiple E1/T1/J1 interfaces for protocol and packet processing. Applications include VoIP (voice over internet Protocol) gateways, signaling gateways, RF base station controllers, radio network controllers, and RF base transceiver stations.
The Pm8560's octal E1/T1 ProcessorPMC protocol engine is based on the Motorola/Freescale PowerQUICC III MPC8560 communication controller chip. Equipped with 512-Mbytes of SDRAM it also includes 32-Mbytes of flash, and a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port.
The PowerQUICC III MPC8560 combines a PowerPC Book E e500 core with a multi-channel CPM (communications processor module). The MPC8560 clocks at 800-MHz, and includes a single-precision floating-point unit with SIMD (single instruction multiple data/dispatch) capability. This silicon can deliver peak performance of up to 1850 MIPS (million instructions/s). When you stop and consider that kind of processing horsepower in terms of the board's price, you'll conclude that a favorable price-vs-performance isn't just talk.
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But wait! There's more. The RISC-based CPM also features three fast serial communications controllers, two multi-channel controllers, four serial communications controllers, one Motorola-defined SPI (serial peripheral interface) port, and a Philips-defined I2C interface. The chip also packs a 64-bit PCI/X/PCI controller, a RapidIO port, and a pair of 10/100/1000 Ethernet controllers.
Back to the board itself. The Pm8560's mezzanine interface is IEEE-1386.1 PMC-compliant, and includes a subset of PICMG 2.15 PTMC Configuration 2 features.
The Pm8560's E1/T1 interfaces reside on a rear transition module on the baseboard. After processing the data and converting it to packets, the Pm8560 can send it back to the baseboard for additional processing or transmission over the backplane (as per PICMG 2.16 or AdvancedTCA). It can also transmit the data directly to a packet network via its 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port.
Finally, the Pm8560 complies with all major safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and environmental standards, including IEC60950/EN60950, UL60950, CSA C22.2, Global IEC - CB Scheme Report IEC 60950), NEBS Telecordia GR-63, GR1089 Level 3, FCC Part 15 (U.S. and Canada), and Europe's ETSI EN300386-V1.3.1.
Operating system support for the Pm8560 includes MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux CGE3.1.
Click here to review a datasheet (in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format).
For more details contact Artesyn Communication Products, 8310 Excelsior Drive, Madison, Wis. 53717. Phone: 800-356-9602 or 608-831-5500. Fax: 608-826-8004.
Artesyn, 800-356-9602, www.artesyn.com