Ernie Bergstrom 10/30/2014
What kinds of embedded hardware will telcos need in the 2020s? Surely they will want a mature modular standard with far greater capabilities than systems have today. And it's a good bet they will want an open standard to provide low costs and wide availability. They'll want hardware that has huge capacities for processing, memory, I/O, and storage. It will need to have built-in support for today's advanced features, such as SDN, NFV, cybersecurity, cloud computing, fabrics, and management; be able to handle a wide variety of applications; be maintainable and upgradable, and have a large ecosystem. To make such a standard available, we will have to start defining it now. That is what we plan to do with PICMG GEN4.