MicroTCA and AdvancedMC: Small Wonders details and analyzes the emerging MicroTCA and advanced mezzanine card (AMC) product sectors, pinpointing the potential advantages these technologies hold for telecom equipment manufacturers. The 21-page report surveys projected product availability and profiles more than a dozen suppliers expected to offer MicroTCA-based components and AMCs, including such major suppliers as Intel, Motorola, and RadiSys.
If formal ratification of MicroTCA occurs in June as is expected, products based on the new standard could be available to telecom equipment manufacturers in early 2007, notes Simon Stanley, Research Analyst for Light Reading's Components Insider and author of the report. "The development of the MicroTCA specifications has been relatively quick due to the reuse of many technologies from ATCA," Stanley explains. "This is also expected to accelerate the introduction of MicroTCA systems once the base specification is complete."
Because MicroTCA targets smaller, less expensive telecom equipment, it will probably be even more widely deployed than ATCA, Stanley continues: "As more telecom OEMs select MicroTCA as the platform of choice for smaller systems, it is likely that MicroTCA will turn out to be a more important platform than ATCA, from which much of the MicroTCA solution was derived."
Other key findings of MicroTCA and AdvancedMC: Small Wonders include the following:
- Access and wireless are key applications for MicroTCA, with WiMax leading the way.
- Military, medical, and industrial sectors are all likely to be significant markets for MicroTCA.
- Key building blocks for access and wireless applications are now available in AMC modules.
- More than 40 AMC modules have been announced by 12 vendors.
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