ATCA blade for 4G LTE targets transport and control plane

ATCA blade for 4G LTE targets transport and control plane

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Featuring dual OCTEON II CN6880 processors from Cavium, each with 32 cnMIPS cores running at up to 1.5GHz, the Emerson Network Power ATCA-9405 enables the implementation of packet processing applications at line speeds of 40Gbps in conjunction with its range of 40G ATCA platforms.

The company says the ATCA-9405 has been designed to maximize the deep packet inspection, security application processing and raw throughput of the OCTEON processors. In addition to two 40G ATCA data fabric connections that can operate active/active as well as active/standby, the ATCA-9405 provides for direct Ethernet cable terminations of up to 82Gbps via a rear transition module (RTM) giving a total maximum throughput of 328Gbps.

To help manage this, the blade’s dual-core Freescale QorIQ P2020 processor implements sophisticated Ethernet switch management as well as local management functions. Free of such system management overhead, the OCTEON II processors can be dedicated solely to packet processing.

The new blade supports a variety of software, including Wind River’s Linux 4.x operating system, Cavium’ s packet processing software development kit, 6WIND’s 6WINDGate fast path networking stacks, and field proven L2 and optional L3 Ethernet switch management. The ATCA-9405 can operate with or without rear transition modules depending on system architecture, and is designed to support NEBS/ETSI requirements.

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