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Intel announces ‘Modular Platform Design Guide’ for comms industry

May 28, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Munich, Germany — (press release excerpt) — Intel Corporation today outlined an industry vision for standards-based modular communications servers and equipment that will enable network equipment providers to reduce development costs, speed time-to-market, and increase flexibility in the development of standards-based, blade-based communications servers and solutions.

Speaking to developers at the Intel Developer Forum, Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Communications Group, noted that the economic downturn in the communications industry and the explosion of the Internet has accelerated the need to shift from custom, low-volume proprietary solutions to standards-based, modular communications servers and equipment.

Standards-based modular communications servers and equipment enable network equipment providers to deliver high-availability solutions on shorter development cycles and to lower costs. It also helps providers focus on value-add competencies such as application development and network systems integration. The servers and equipment are made up of standards-based hardware, carrier grade operating systems and high availability application programming interfaces (APIs).

Intel is currently working with over 100 companies to standardize the hardware, operating systems, and software that will enable communications vendors to begin using the servers and equipment.

The Modular Platform Design Guide, authored by Intel with input from over 20 communications companies, details implementation guidelines for interoperability on top of the base AdvancedTCA specification scheduled for release later this year. It also provides guidelines on building an AdvancedTCA compliant system, interoperability of key elements, usage models and provisioning and management.

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