Pigeon Point Supports µTCA

Pigeon Point announced a uTCA initiative and delivery of initial Pigeon Point µTCA components

June 5, 2006

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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. -- Pigeon Point Systems, the leading supplier of shelf and board management solutions for AdvancedTCA(R) and AdvancedMC(TM), announces a uTCA initiative and delivery of initial Pigeon Point(TM) µTCA components. The µTCA architecture uses industry-standard AdvancedMC modules to implement small form factor, backplane-based systems for computing and communications. The µTCA specification allows for a highly scalable range of systems from non-redundant, low cost systems to carrier grade, high availability systems. The specification is nearly complete within PICMG and Pigeon Point has been intensely involved in the completion push. The Pigeon Point µTCA solutions include new variants of the Pigeon Point(TM) Board Management Reference (BMR) product family based on the Renesas H8S/2168 processor family: -0-

  • BMR-H8S-MCMC: Provides a hardware reference design, plus H8S-based firmware, for the MicroTCA Carrier Management Controller (MCMC) and the Pigeon Point uCarrier Manager(TM).

  • BMR-H8S-uShM: Combines with BMR-H8S-MCMC to implement the Pigeon Point uShelf Manager(TM), running with the Pigeon Point uCarrier Manager on a single H8S.

  • BMR-H8S-EMMC: Provides a hardware reference design, plus H8S-based firmware for an Enhanced Module Management Controller (EMMC).

The µTCA specification mandates an MCMC and a Carrier Manager on the MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) module that provides management and fabric resources for each uTCA carrier, supporting up to 12 AdvancedMC modules. EMMCs provide local management for supplementary resources in the carrier, such as cooling resources.

Integrating the Pigeon Point uCarrier Manager and uShelf Manager to run on a single H8S processor makes for a very cost-effective MCH management implementation, ideally suited to the single-carrier µTCA shelves that are forecast to dominate uTCA shipment volumes.

"Artesyn Communications Products, now a part of Emerson Network Power and already a leader in the rapidly developing µTCA market, is pleased to be one of the first customers for Pigeon Point's µTCA solutions. We are delighted to have taken delivery of the first increment of those solutions for µTCA, and now use Pigeon Point management components on our entire AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and uTCA product families," said Scott McCowan, President of Artesyn Communications Products. "Pigeon Point has already provided effective management components and responsive support for our AdvancedTCA and AdvancedMC products and we welcome the broadening of this partnership to include µTCA."

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