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Motorola telecom servers pack Carrier Grade Linux

Jul 10, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

MontaVista says its Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) distribution is shipping as an “integrated part” of Motorola's “Centellis 3000” line of AdvancedTCA-based servers. MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) 4.0 supports several control-plane blades for the servers, which target “next-generation wireless and… wireline telecommunications infrastructure equipment,” the companies say.

Motorola's Centellis 3000 series comprises both 19-inch and 23-inch wide ATCA shelves capable of housing a variety of “payload blades.” Available blades supported under MontaVista CGE include:

  • ATCA-F101
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    ATCA-F101 system controller and switching blade

    • Gigabit Ethernet PICMG 3.0 base interface
    • PICMG 3.1 fabric interface switching
    • PowerPC MPC7447 clocked at 1GHz
    • Fabric extension capabilities
    • PowerPC processor complex for shelf-wide and frame-wide management
    • Support for SA Forum Open Hardware Platform Interface to high availability middleware
    • IPM controller support for PICMG 3.0 standard shelf management
    • Designed to operate in a Carrier Grade Linux environment
    • Pre-integrated and validated hardware and operating environment

  • ATCA-717
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    • High performance processor blade with four PMC sites
    • 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium M processor
    • Intel E7501 server-class chipset supporting 4.3GB/s memory bandwidth
    • Up to 4GB ECC-protected DDR266 SDRAM
    • Complete software operating environment including OS
    • PICMG 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet base interface support
    • PICMG 3.1, Option 1 and 2 fabric interface support
    • Multiple hard disk drive options
    • Service Availability Forum (SA Forum) compliant HPI and AIS software interfaces
    • Designed for NEBS and ETSI compliance

  • ATCA-7221
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    • High performance server blade for Motorola Application- Enabling Platforms
    • Dual 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon LVprocessors for SMP
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet compliant with PICMG 3.0 (base interface)
    • Quad Gigabit Ethernet compliant with PICMG 3.1 (fabric interface)
    • Dual Ultra320 SCSI interfaces for external storage connectivity
    • PMC site for I/O module
    • Multiple Gigabit Ethernet payload interfaces
    • IPM Controller support for PICMG 3.0 standard intelligent platform management
    • SATA or SAS hard disk drive
    • Carrier Grade Linux support

MontaVista calls its CGL product “the industry's most full-featured, deployment-proven Carrier Grade Linux.” CGE 4.0 is based on a 2.6-series Linux kernel, and is specifically designed for the highly availability requirements of carrier grade applications, MontaVista says.

MontaVista CTO Jim Ready stated, “MontaVista and Motorola understand the importance of providing customers with open, fully integrated systems that act as a common, carrier-grade platform. Motorola has chosen MontaVista as their operating system of choice to deliver the Centellis 3000 systems.”

Wendy Vittori, GM of embedded communications computing at Motorola, stated, “Our customers are moving to an open standards-based platform. By integrating MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition into our Centellis 3000 communications servers, we are offering our joint customers a standards-based platform that will allow them to focus their efforts on developing and deploying next generation applications.”

Additionally, MontaVista announced that its CGE 4.0 OS will be available on Motorola's forthcoming Centellis 1000 series, based on the MicroTCA architecture, and on Motorola's “Avantellis” high-availability platform.

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