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Linux-compatible AMCs add storage

Mar 12, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced a Linux-compatible AdvancedMC (AMC) module that combines a Gigabit storage controller with a SCSI hard drive. The Telum 210 AdvancedMC provides 73GB or 146GB of SAS (serial-attached storage) for blade servers, network and telephony routers, and video streaming or surveillance… systems.

By combining the controller and onboard hard drive on a single AMC module, says GE Fanuc, the Telum 210 frees up both space and host processor resources. The onboard, 2.5-inch 73GB or 146GB 10,000rpm SCSI drive is integrated with an LSI 1064E SAS/SATA 3Gbps controller. It's designed for use with AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and MicroTCA systems.

Telum 210
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The controller supports PCI Express Hot-Plug control, making the board hot-swappable and field replaceable in accordance with the AMC.0 R2.0 spec, says the company. The AMC.1 PCI Express bus provides eight lanes at a touted transfer rate of up to 2.5Gbits/second per lane, full duplex. The board offers four AMC.1- and AMC.3 compliant SAS channels and support for up to two off-board channels.

The Telum 210 supports single- and dual-port SAS drives, says GE Fanuc, and also supports RAID with integrated striping and mirroring firmware. The module is available with either a mid-size or full-size faceplate, and is touted as having an estimated MTBF of 1.4 million hours.

GE Fanuc's Telum line of AMC modules also includes GE-QLX and GE-QSX gigabit Ethernet and fiber optic networking cards. The Telum modules support GE Fanuc's MP-2000 and MP-3000 MicroTCA products, among others.

According to an ABI Research study, about a quarter of all UMTS (universal mobile telecom system) shipments are expected to be based on AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA by 2010. ABI expects MicroTCA in particular to play a key role in increasing the penetration of telecom infrastructure based on PICMG standards such as ATCA and MicroTCA.


GE Fanuc did not provide pricing or availability information on the Telum 210, but said the product supports host systems running Linux, Solaris, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. More information may be available here.

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