The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) has been available for more
than 10 years and has proven very scalable, with switching developing from
Gigabit Ethernet (GE) to 10GE and now 40GE, and power/cooling per slot growing
from 200W to 450W or 500W. All Tier 1 telecom equipment providers, and many
Tier 2/3 telecom equipment providers, have some systems based on ATCA
platforms. Several equipment providers have successfully integrated ATCA based
products from multiple acquisitions into a single product line, demonstrating
a key advantage of ATCA over proprietary platforms. ATCA is now well
established as the leading high-availability commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
architecture for the telecom market.
There is a strong ATCA ecosystem covering chassis, blades, software, and
application ready platforms. A few telecom equipment providers are developing
complete ATCA platforms in-house, but most are using COTS solutions for
chassis, blades and system integration. This allows equipment providers to
leverage the investment made by their suppliers in developing common platforms
The latest blades integrate some of the most powerful processing devices now
available for embedded systems - including the Intel Xeon E5-2600/2400 series
processors - and ATCA performance has been taken to a new level with the
introduction of 40GE switch blades and processor blades. 100GE solutions are
in development and 100GE ATCA systems are expected to be available from 2015.
AMCs and the smaller MicroTCA platform add another dimension to these systems,
increasing system flexibility and meeting the requirements for smaller systems
and more demanding environments.
The ATCA platform and ecosystem present a significant opportunity for telecom
equipment providers to manage development costs and reduce time to market.
Several vendors have successfully used ATCA-based systems across multiple
markets, developing standard platforms that are used by several product
groups. ATCA is an ideal platform for network functions virtualization (NFV)
and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions. As the telecom market
develops there will be new opportunities for silicon vendors, systems
integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and service providers to
take advantage of ATCA. As with all paradigm shifts there will be winners and
losers, making this a key market to watch.
‘ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017’ identifies and
analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA
components and systems. The report includes not only granular information on
the components and systems themselves - of interest to system OEMs and service
providers - but also insights into how the overall market is developing - of
interest to a wide audience, including investors.
The report evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 14 systems
integrators and 28 component suppliers. It also includes a market
forecast for ATCA products through 2017, with a breakdown of COTS market
share, and presents information on the use of ATCA by 18 telecom equipment
This report is based on interviews conducted with a wide range of
ATCA/AMC/MicroTCA vendors and telecom equipment providers during the four
months leading up to April 2013, together with product and volume data
supplied by companies. The tables presented in the report are based on product
documentation and supplemental data from our interviews and email
conversations. All of the data used in product tables has been provided to
vendors for confirmation, feedback and updating ahead of publication. In all,
the report contains detailed information and analysis on 540 products,
including 266 recently introduced or updated products, from more than 40
The excerpt below lists 14-slot ATCA systems from six companies. This is the
most common ATCA system configuration, providing dual-switch blades and up to
12 other blades in a 19" rack. Most of these systems are supplied with a
standard dual-star backplane but are available with a mesh backplane if
required. Some systems from Emerson, Kontron and Radisys support 40GE
switching. The Prodrive RapidIO 12U supports RapidIO. Most systems are
available with a standard range of switch, CPU and other blades.
14-Slot ATCA Systems
Source: Heavy Reading
The excerpt below shows the 40GE switch blades that have been announced by six
vendors. Most of these blades are based on the Broadcom BCM5684x 40GE switch
devices and have management processors.
40GE Fabric Switch Blades
*Plus SSD storage
Source: Heavy Reading
Report Scope & Structure
‘ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017’ is structured
Section I is an introduction to the report, with complete report key
Section II examines the dynamics of the ATCA market, providing a market
forecast, analysis of the supply chain and COTS market share, ATCA usage and
the leading applications for ATCA-based systems.
Section III focuses on the development of ATCA technology, including
physical format, system management and application software and operating
systems. This section includes details on basic ATCA chassis and systems
available from 20 vendors.
Section IV covers ATCA switching architectures and technology,
including 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GE), 40-Gigabit Ethernet (40GE) and
alternatives such as RapidIO. This section includes analysis of announced ATCA
switch blades from 12 vendors.
Section V analyzes ATCA node blade functionality, including feature
comparisons for current and announced CPU/server, storage, carrier, networking
and DSP blades from 18 vendors.
Section VI provides feature comparisons for announced AMC modules from
Section VII explores MicroTCA architectures and technology, with
comparisons of MicroTCA chassis, systems, MicroTCA carrier hubs (MCHs) and
power modules from 12 vendors.
Section VIII presents detailed product and strategy analyses for 14
companies that integrate ATCA systems and in many cases develop ATCA
Section IX presents detailed product and strategy analyses for 28
companies that manufacture ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA components, but not full
Table of Contents
LIST OF FIGURES
I. INTRODUCTION & KEY FINDINGS
- 1.1. Key Findings
- 1.2. Report Scope & Structure
II. ATCA MARKET & APPLICATIONS
- 2.1. ATCA Market Adoption
- 2.2. ATCA Supply Chain - COTS vs. In-House
- 2.3. ATCA Market Forecast
- 2.4. ATCA COTS Market Share & Breakdown
- 2.5. Applications
- 2.6. ATCA Usage
III. ATCA TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS
- 3.1. ATCA Shelf
- 3.2. ATCA Backplane
- 3.3. Rear Transition Module
- 3.4. Shelf Management
- 3.5. ATCA Systems
- 3.6. ATCA Blade Functions
- 3.7. Mezzanine Modules
- 3.8. Application Software, Middleware & Operating Systems
IV. ATCA SWITCHING
- 4.1. Base Interface
- 4.2. Ethernet/Fibre Channel Fabric Interface (PICMG 3.1)
- 4.3. Alternative Fabric Interfaces (PICMG 3.2-3.5)
V. ATCA NODE BLADES
- 5.1. CPU/Server Blades
- 5.2. Storage and AMC Carrier Blades
- 5.3. Networking Blades
- 5.4. DSP Blades
VI. AMC MODULES
- 6.1. AMC CPU Modules
- 6.2. AMC DSP/FPGA Modules
- 6.3. AMC Storage/Video Modules
- 6.4. AMC Packet Processing Modules
- 6.5. AMC Networking I/O Modules
- 6.6. AMC General I/O Modules
- 7.1. Technology
- 7.2. Chassis
- 7.3. Systems
- 7.4 MicroTCA Applications
VIII. ATCA SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS
- 8.1. Adax Inc.
- 8.2. Adlink Technology Inc.
- 8.3. Advantech Co. Ltd.
- 8.4. Avnet Inc.
- 8.5. Elma Electronic AG
- 8.6. Emerson Network Power
- 8.7. Kontron AG
- 8.8. Oracle Corp.
- 8.9. Prodrive B.V
- 8.10. Radisys Corp.
- 8.11. SANBlaze Technology Inc.
- 8.12. Unicom Engineering Inc.
- 8.13. V Rose Microsystems Inc.
- 8.14. ZNYX Networks Inc.
IX. COMPONENT SUPPLIERS
- 9.1. AdvancedIO Systems Inc.
- 9.2. Asis-Pro Ltd.
- 9.3. BittWare Inc.
- 9.4. Creative Electronic Systems S.A. (CES)
- 9.5. CommAgility Ltd.
- 9.6. Comtel Electronics GmbH
- 9.7. Concurrent Technologies plc
- 9.8. Embedded Planet LLC
- 9.9. Gateware Communications GmbH
- 9.10. GE Intelligent Platforms (GE-IP)
- 9.11. Interphase Corp.
- 9.12. JumpGen Systems LLC
- 9.13. Narinet Inc.
- 9.14. N.A.T. GmbH
- 9.15. Nutaq
- 9.16. One Stop Systems Inc. (OSS)
- 9.17. Pigeon Point Systems, LLC
- 9.18. Pixus Technologies
- 9.19. Polaris Networks Inc.
- 9.20. Portwell Inc.
- 9.21. Schroff GmbH
- 9.22. Scan Engineering Telecom (SET)
- 9.23. Systems Industrie Electronic GmbH (SIE)
- 9.24. Surf Communications Solutions Ltd.
- 9.25. Telco Systems
- 9.26. TEWS Technologies LLC
- 9.27. VadaTech LLC
- 9.28. Xalyo Systems Inc.
APPENDIX A: ABOUT THE AUTHOR
APPENDIX B: LEGAL DISCLAIMER
LIST OF FIGURES
- Figure 2.1: ATCA COTS/In-House Supply Chain
- Figure 2.2: ATCA Market Forecast
- Figure 2.3: ATCA Market Forecast
- Figure 2.4: 14/16-Slot ATCA System Forecast
- Figure 2.5: 5/6/8-Slot ATCA System Forecast
- Figure 2.6: 2-Slot ATCA System Forecast
- Figure 2.7: ATCA System Forecast
- Figure 2.8: COTS vs. In-House
- Figure 2.9: COTS vs. In-House Forecast
- Figure 2.10: COTS Units Percentage
- Figure 2.11: ATCA COTS Chassis, Blades & Integration
- Figure 2.12: ATCA COTS Chassis, Switch, Blades & Integration Forecast
- Figure 2.13: 3G/LTE System Architecture
- Figure 3.1: ATCA Components
- Figure 3.2: Typical ATCA Shelves
- Figure 3.3: 16-Slot ATCA Chassis
- Figure 3.4: 14-Slot ATCA Chassis
- Figure 3.5: 6-Slot ATCA Chassis
- Figure 3.6: 5-Slot ATCA Chassis
- Figure 3.7: 2-Slot ATCA Chassis
- Figure 3.8: 1-Slot ATCA Chassis
- Figure 3.9: ATCA Form Factor
- Figure 3.10: Dual star & Full-Mesh Switching
- Figure 3.11: Example Rear Transition Module
- Figure 3.12: Hardware Platform Management
- Figure 3.13: Typical Shelf-Management Module
- Figure 3.14: 16-Slot ATCA Systems
- Figure 3.15: 14-Slot ATCA Systems
- Figure 3.16: 6-Slot ATCA Systems
- Figure 3.17: 5-Slot ATCA Systems
- Figure 3.18: 4-Slot ATCA Systems
- Figure 3.19: 2-Slot ATCA Systems
- Figure 3.20: Typical Blade Functions
- Figure 3.21: Application Software & Operating Systems
- Figure 4.1: Typical Switch Blade
- Figure 4.2: Base-Only Switch Blades
- Figure 4.3: Gigabit Ethernet Fabric Switch Blades
- Figure 4.4: 10GE Fabric Switch Blades
- Figure 4.5: 40GE Fabric Switch Blades
- Figure 4.6: RapidIO Switch Blades
- Figure 5.1: Typical CPU/Server Blade
- Figure 5.2: 40GE CPU/Server Blades
- Figure 5.3: 40GE CPU/Server Blade Features
- Figure 5.4: 10GE/Quad+ CPU/Server Blades
- Figure 5.5: 10GE/Quad+ CPU/Server Blade Features
- Figure 5.6: Other CPU/Server Blades
- Figure 5.7: Other CPU/Server Blade Features
- Figure 5.8: Storage Blades
- Figure 5.9: Typical AMC Carrier Blade
- Figure 5.10: AMC Carrier Blades
- Figure 5.11: AMC Carrier Blade Features
- Figure 5.12: Typical Networking Blade
- Figure 5.13: Networking Blades
- Figure 5.14: Networking Blade Features
- Figure 5.15: DSP Blades
- Figure 5.16: DSP Blade Features
- Figure 6.1: Typical AMC Module
- Figure 6.2: Typical AMC Processor Module
- Figure 6.3: AMC CPU Module Summary
- Figure 6.4: AMC CPU Module Interfaces
- Figure 6.5: Typical AMC DSP/FPGA Module
- Figure 6.6: AMC DSP/FPGA Module Summary
- Figure 6.7: AMC DSP Module Interfaces
- Figure 6.8: AMC Storage Modules
- Figure 6.9: AMC Packet Processing Module Summary
- Figure 6.10: AMC Packet Processing Module Interfaces
- Figure 6.11: AMC Networking I/O Modules
- Figure 6.12: AMC General I/O Cards
- Figure 7.1: MicroTCA System Architecture
- Figure 7.2: MicroTCA Carrier Hub
- Figure 7.3: Example MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH)
- Figure 7.4: MicroTCA Carrier Hubs
- Figure 7.5: MicroTCA Packaging Options
- Figure 7.6: MicroTCA Chassis
- Figure 7.7: MicroTCA Power Modules
- Figure 7.8: MicroTCA Development Systems
- Figure 7.9: MicroTCA Modular Systems
- Figure 7.10: MicroTCA Integrated Systems
- Figure 7.11: MicroTCA LTE Base Station Example
- Figure 8.1: ATCA Systems Integrator Summary
- Figure 9.1: ATCA Component Suppliers
- Figure 9.2: AMC Module Suppliers
- Figure 9.3: MicroTCA System & Component Suppliers
LIST OF SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS ANALYZED
- Adax Inc.
- Adlink Technology Inc. (Taiwan: 6166.TW)
- Advantech Co. Ltd.
- Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT)
- Elma Electronic AG (Zürich: ELMN)
- Emerson Network Power, part of Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR)
- Kontron AG (Pink Sheets: KOTRF; Deutsche Börse: KBC)
- Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL)
- Prodrive B.V.
- Radisys Corp. (Nasdaq: RSYS)
- SANBlaze Technology Inc.
- Unicom Engineering Inc., a division of Unicom Global
- V Rose Microsystems Inc.
- ZNYX Networks Inc.
LIST OF COMPONENT SUPPLIERS ANALYZED
- AdvancedIO Systems Inc.
- Asis-Pro Ltd.
- BittWare Inc.
- Creative Electronic Systems S.A. (CES)
- CommAgility Ltd.
- Comtel Electronics GmbH
- Concurrent Technologies plc (London: CNC)
- Embedded Planet LLC
- Gateware Communications GmbH
- GE Intelligent Platforms, part of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE)
- Interphase Corp. (Nasdaq: INPH)
- JumpGen Systems LLC
- Narinet Inc.
- N.A.T. GmbH
- Nutaq Inc.
- One Stop Systems Inc. (OSS)
- Pigeon Point Systems LLC
- Pixus Technologies Inc.
- Polaris Networks Inc.
- Portwell Inc. (Taiwan OTC: 6105.TWO)
- Schroff GmbH
- Scan Engineering Telecom (SET)
- Systems Industrie Electronics AG (SIE)
- Surf Communications Solutions Ltd.
- Telco Systems Inc., a subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications Ltd.
- TEWS Technologies LLC
- Vadatech LLC
- Xalyo Systems Inc.
LIST OF EQUIPMENT VENDORS ANALYZED
- Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)
- Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT)
- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)
- Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co. Ltd.
- Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)
- Fortinet Inc.
- Genband Inc.
- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
- Iskratel Telekomunikacijski sistemi d.o.o.
- Mavanir Systems Inc.
- NEC Corp. (Pink Sheets: NIPNF)
- Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and
Siemens AG (NYSE: SI)
- Procera Networks Inc. (Amex: PKT)
- Stoke Inc.
- Tekelec Inc. (Nasdaq: TKLC)
- Telco Systems Inc., a subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications Ltd.
- Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB)
- ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)