Intel Has 'Building Blocks'

Products based upon an industry spec known as the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG)*-2.16 Packet Switching Backplane.

October 24, 2001

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Intel Corporation today announced its first products in a new line of high-availability communications hardware building blocks built upon an updated CompactPCI* specification.The products are based upon an industry specification known as the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG)*-2.16 Packet Switching Backplane. It defines how Internet Protocol (IP) packets are passed across a backplane that connects multiple switching devices in a network equipment rack.The products, known as the Intel® NetStructure™ ZT 5504 System Master Processor Board with an Intel® Pentium III processor and the Intel® NetStructure™ ZT 5090 4U General Purpose Packet Switched Platform, include chassis, backplanes, hot-swap power supplies and fail-over capabilities. The ZT5504 is the System Master processing engine for the CompactPCI bus segments. The ZT5090 is a basic platform building block designed to support PICMG 2.16-compliant SBCs, switches, and peripherals. With these products, customers can mix and match switches, single board master computers and chassis to suit their features requirements."PICMG 2.16 is a natural evolution of CompactPCI for packet-switched applications in converged voice and data networks," said Joe Nardone, director of marketing, Intel Communications Platform Division. "Our line of PICMG 2.16 products are all open, turnkey solutions that empower equipment manufacturers to rapidly develop IP-based solutions."Intel Corp.

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