Kaufbeuren, Germany Kontron Communications expands its range of open, modular COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) solutions based on the ATCA standard with two AdvancedMCs: the AMC Quad Gigabit Ethernet module AM4300 and the high capacity SATA storage module AM4500 . These AMCs, which are particularly attractive to Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) and service providers, can be hot-swapped, and are accessible via the front plate. AMCs are the smallest and most compact standalone FRUs (Field Replaceable Units) in the entire telecommunications industry. Flexibility and the highest possible density are two of the main reasons for the success of AdvancedTCA solutions and AMCs are the key to that success, because they allow the use of a wide range of processor, storage, and network options in one system. Besides the technical advantages, operators of ATCA facilities - such as telephone companies (carriers), service providers, and multi-system operators (MSO) - appreciate the chance to reduce costs: the easy on-site exchange of AMCs (hot swap) significantly increases the availability of the systems and thus reduces downtime for the entire facility. The AMC AM4300 is ideal for all applications that require several Gigabit Ethernet ports directly connected to one AdvancedTCA processor board. It is a Full Height/Single Width form factor board equipped with four 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports. It supports PCI-Express x8, x4, x2, and x1 Link, and is simple to manage via IPMI v1.5. The AM4500 module is presented in the Full Height/Single Width form factor and provides up to 120 GB storage capacity for open, modular communications solutions. The AM4500 conforms to both the AMC.0 and AMC.3 specifications. It offers Native Command Queuing (NCQ) to hold and rearrange up to 32 commands in a queue, and is also easy to manage with IPMI v1.5. Kontron Embedded Module s, Kaufbeuren, Germany. www.kontron-emea.com.
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