Zarlink Tackles ATCA
ATCA is gaining acceptance as an open architecture for adaptable, modular design in next-generation communications equipment. AMC is an open specification for mezzanine cards optimized for, but not limited to, ATCA applications. MicroTCA is a cost-optimized architecture that uses AMCs that are plugged directly into backplanes. By using standard hardware and software components from multiple vendors, ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA reduce the time and cost-to-market of high-performance, high-density systems, but present challenges for achieving carrier-grade synchronization reliability.
"Zarlink is focusing its expertise in clock generation and network synchronization to overcome the timing issues posed by ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA designs," said Louise Gaulin, product line director, Zarlink Semiconductor. "Backed by our applications and systems design experience, the ZL30117 PLL ensures compliance with all major telecom standards and gives equipment designers the carrier-grade timing reliability they need for next-generation designs."
ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA are ideal for telecom applications, including 3G wireless mobile infrastructures and wireline equipment such as media gateways and MSPPs (multi-service provisioning platforms). Research indicates that the market for the commercial building blocks of ATCA equipment alone will grow from almost zero in the early 2000s to US$3.7 billion by 2007. Network equipment vendors are currently evaluating Zarlink's new PLL for their next-generation designs.
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE/Toronto: ZL)