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AdvancedTCA shows solid growth in 2012

AdvancedTCA shows solid growth in 2012

2012 has been a solid year for AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blades and systems. VDC Research believes that 2012 will end up with an almost 20% growth in the ATCA blade market alone. Cellular build out around the world, particularly in developing nations such as China, and the jump to LTE in North America and Europe are driving this growth.  When you add in the acceleration of LTE deployments in 2013 to increase bandwidth that will satisfy...

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LTE Packet Core goes small scale

LTE Packet Core goes small scale

So, you are driving along using a mobile phone as your navigator and all of a sudden, the map disappears.  You take a look at the screen and see the reason immediately – the symbol indicating the type of network connection has turned into an E (for Edge.)  In today’s world, the definition of ‘the boonies’ is anywhere with a slow (OK, very very slow) Edge connection. Even as LTE and other ‘4G’ networks expand, the service...

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Where the heck is DIMM 7

Where the heck is DIMM 7

Testing, diagnosis, troubleshooting, service, repair – These are common buzz words that we hear quite frequently when people talk about Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and how platform RASUM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, Usability and Manageability) features could help to reduce those costs. Reducing Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) is one of the aspects that apply both at the factory level and in field service. Advantech’s...

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Configurable BIOS – Take 2

Configurable BIOS – Take 2

Earlier this year we discussed how it is possible to change BIOS settings via IPMI. Our new generation of ATCA blades, have taken this concept to the next level. On our Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600/5500 Series based AdvancedTCA blades we supported the ability to change each BIOS, aka CMOS, setting via the BMC (Baseboard Management Controller = IPMI Controller), on an item by item basis. While this enabled customers to configure the BIOS...

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4 Days of 4G

4 Days of 4G

Technically, 4G refers to an ITU-R requirements specification called IMT-Advanced (International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced). The document specifies the peak speed requirements for high mobility communications (such as from cars and trains) at 100Mbits/s and 1Gbits/s for low mobility communications. However, throughout the telecommunications industry, 4G simply represents the 4th generation of mobile phone and mobile communications...

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Hot Topics at Next Week’s ATCA Summit

Hot Topics at Next Week’s ATCA Summit

On September 18-19, ATCA users, vendors, journalists and analysts will get together in Silicon Valley for the eighth annual AdvanedTCA Summit. I enjoy these focused technical conferences both for their ‘deep dive’ on a topic that I am very interested in and the opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues from around the world. This year there are two ‘hot’ topics that will be discussed in the sessions and in the hallways. ...

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