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GigE AMC cards target Carrier Grade Linux apps

Nov 6, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

GE Fanuc has introduced two versions of a Gigabit Ethernet card in the AMC (advanced mezzanine card) form-factor. The Telum GE-QLX and GE-QSX deliver up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports and offer fiber optic transceivers, and support Carrier Grade Linux, according to the company.

(Click here for a larger view of the Telum GE-QSX AMC card)

The GE-QLX supports 1000BaseLX networks, while the GE-QSX works with 1000BaseSX. An earlier model in the Telum AMC family, the GE-QT, provides 1000BaseT compatibility.

Designed for AdvancedTCA or MicroTCA platforms, such as GE Fanuc's MP-2000 and MP-3000 MicroTCA platforms, the Telum-series AMC boards are said to boost performance via TCP CRC checksum calculations and segmentation offloading. The hot-swappable cards support up to 4,096 virtual LANs (VLANs), and offer an IPMI v1.5-compliant Module Management Controller for monitoring activity and streamlining field replacement, according to the company.

GE-QLX/QSX AMC block diagram
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The Telum GE-QLX/QSX AMC boards are supported with Linux software drivers that are compatible with Carrier Grade Linux, says GE Fanuc.

Rubin Dhillon, Global Product Manager of Communications Product Management at GE Fanuc, stated, “The Telum GE-QLX and Telum GE-QSX are specifically designed to maximize system design flexibility and port density, provide the leading-edge performance of Gigabit Ethernet and deliver the maximum reliability through support for fiber optic communications.”

AdvancedTCA (ATCA), MicroTCA (MTCA), and AMC are PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturer's Group) specifications aimed at cutting costs for telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs). Systems using these standards can use off-the-shelf hardware and software based on embedded PC architectures to build interoperable devices.


GE Fanuc did not disclose information on pricing and availability, but more information can be found on the company's website, here.

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