ATCA Development Kits from Actel and Pigeon Point Systems

Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) has partnered with Pigeon Point Systems to deliver system management platforms for higher performance applications. Leveraging Actel’s single-chip, mixed-signal Fusion Programmable System Chip (PSC) with an embedded FPGA-optimized 32-bit ARM Cortex-M1 processor and optimized Pigeon Point firmware, the first products will include development kits to speed the design of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) and Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) carrier board management controllers, all based on the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) architecture.

The first turn key solutions developed by Actel and Pigeon Point Systems will be available in Q3 2008 as development kits for ATCA blade IPMCs and for ATCA AMC carrier IPMCs, implemented on a common bench top development board platform.

Defined by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG), the Telecom Computing Architecture (TCA) encompasses ATCA, AdvancedMC (AMC) and the MicroTCA frameworks. An industry-standard specification experiencing rapid deployment in applications including telecommunications access, storage and data center equipment, ATCA provides manageability and redundancy at the shelf level and an IPMI-based standard management framework at the board level. According to industry estimates from market research firm VDC, the opportunity for the overall standards-based TCA system market is expected to be roughly $1.8 billion by 2009.

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