After struggling through a devastating multi-year economic slump, makers of telecommunications gear might finally be ready to begin large-scale implementation of the vaunted Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) in their next-generation switches, routers, base stations and other telecom equipment. If so, board makers are ready. During 2005, manufacturers of AdvancedTCA boards rolled out a raft of new, high-performance products.
Vendors say there's good reason for the growing sense of anticipation surrounding this new breed of boards. The architecture, years in the making, promises to deliver huge bandwidth boosts, not only to telecom equipment, but also to military and aerospace devices.
"AdvancedTCA embodies a lot of the attributes that are necessary in any communications network," notes John Fryer, director of technology for Motorola Embedded Communications Computing Group's Technology Office. "It's good at moving a lot of data bits to a central location."