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Kontron has enhanced its AdvancedMC/MicroTCA portfolio with the rollout of the modular AM4904/AM4910 MicroTCA carrier hubs (MCHs).

To fulfil the management needs of most data-intensive MicroTCA applications, with GbE, sRIO, PCIe or even 10 GbE fabrics, the MCHs support four different high-speed fabric variants.

The modular Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs come in four versions: a pure Gigabit Ethernet switching MCH (Kontron AM4904-Base), in combination with a PCIe mezzanine (Kontron AM4904-PCIE) or with sRIO (Kontron AM4904-SRIO), and for high-bandwidth demands with 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching (Kontron AM4910).

All versions provide central management and data switching functionality on a full-size, single-width advanced mezzanine card (AMC) form factor.

Equipped with a 600MHz PowerPC 405EX processor for MCMC functionality and switching management, they enable efficient, redundant system architectures with up to 12 AMCs, two cooling units and four power units.

With a focus on high-performance applications, Kontron’s latest MCHs are suitable for data-intensive MicroTCA-based communication applications in both telecommunications (including 3G, LTE and network test equipment) and non-telecommunications markets, such as military, medical, test and measurement, as well as image and video processing applications.

To provide support for various Telco clocks, all Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs feature a clock implementation and a PCI Express Fabric Clocking distribution.

They also include high-performance features such as a wire speed, an enterprise-class Ethernet switch with Layer 2 switching and multi-cast support including full 4K VLANs and link aggregation, quality-of-service (QoS) support and a packet classification engine for flexible access control lists.

A full set of standard management interfaces, including a CLI, a SNMP, an IPMI and web access, facilitate the initialisation and control of the MCH’s switching and management functionality.

External systems or shelf managers can connect to the Kontron MCHs via the Ethernet front-panel ports.

Full support of the PICMG MicroTCA.0 standard is guaranteed by testing with the Polaris test suite for MicroTCA MCHs.

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