Telecom Blade features high-speed switched ATCA fabric.

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Equipped with dual PowerPC® MPC7447A processors, KatanaQp features 4 PTMC expansion sites, redundant IPMI-based system management interfaces, and PICMG 3.1-compliant AdvancedTCA interface with 10 Gigabit-Ethernet channels. Both processors feature Altivec® vector processing unit, 512 Kb on-die L2 cache, and cache coherency mechanisms for symmetric multiprocessing. KatanaQp is suited for SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, media gateways, traffic processing, and wireless base stations.

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ARTESYN Announces Dual-Processor AdvancedTCA Blade with High-Speed Switched ATCA Fabric and Four PTMC Expansion Sites

New configurable telecom blade ideal for access, SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, media gateways, traffic processing, wireless base stations and softswitches

SuperComm. Chicago, IL. June 20-24, 2004--Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ: ATSN), and a leading supplier of blade products for telecom OEMs, today announced the KatanaQp, a new AdvancedTCA (ATCA) processor blade for telecom infrastructure applications.

The new ATCA blade, equipped with a pair of PowerPC® MPC7447A processors, features four PTMC expansion sites, redundant IPMI-based system management interfaces, and a high-speed PICMG 3.1-compliant ATCA interface with ten Gigabit Ethernet channels.

"ATCA is the consummate open architecture telecom platform, and the KatanaQp is the ultimate configurable ATCA telecom blade," said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn Communication Products. "KatanaQp's PTMC expansion sites give telecom OEMs, who want to get started with ATCA today, instant access to a wealth of third party PTMC modules. This off-the-shelf expansion capability makes it easy to configure the KatanaQp for a wide variety of control and packet processing applications, including WAN access, SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, media gateways, traffic processing, wireless base stations and softswitches."

The KatanaQp features a pair of MPC7447A processors (up to 1.4 GHz), which can be used for either distributed or symmetric multiprocessing (SMP). Both processors are equipped with an Altivec® vector processing unit, 32 Kbytes of on-die L1 instruction/data cache, 512 Kbytes of on-die L2 cache, and cache coherency mechanisms for symmetric multiprocessing. A Marvell GT64460 Discovery III system controller gives the processors high-speed access to up to two Gbytes of DDR SDRAM memory and 64 Mbytes of flash memory. The Marvel controller also provides a local PCI bus, which enables it to exchange control information with the PTMC complex.

The KatanaQp's four PTMC mezzanine expansion sites provide industry standard 32-bit PCI-X control and CTbus (Computer Telephony Bus) data interfaces to external modules. The CTbus and PCI-X interfaces are also used on card to link the four sites, enabling them to exchange control information and TDM data directly. This close coupling between sites makes Katana ideal for building integrated systems that combine network access (LAN or WAN) with packet, protocol, and media processing functionality (i.e., DSP farm) on the same blade.

The KatanaQp provides a high-speed PICMG 3.1-compliant ATCA fabric interface that features high-speed control and data plane connections. The control plane, utilizing two Gigabit Ethernet channels originating from the Marvell Discovery system controller, connects directly to the ATCA Base Fabric. The data plane, managed by a 24-port Ethernet switch, combines eight Gigabit Ethernet channels from the PTMC sites (two per site) with one Gigabit Ethernet channel from the Discovery system controller. The switch, in turn, uses eight Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect to the ATCA High Speed Fabric.

The KatanaQp also features a PICMG 3.0 Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI version 1.5 with ATCA extensions). This interface, which incorporates dual I2C-based Intelligent Platform Management Buses (IPMB), enhances system management by making it easy for shelf management controllers to monitor, control and exchange management with the KatanaQp.

Artesyn offers a variety of PTMC modules that make it easy to customize Katana for specific telecom applications. Artesyn's Pm3Gv PTMC WAN interface module, for example, provides eight E1/T1 ports that enable the KatanaQp to be used as an SS7 signaling blade, signaling gateway, or softswitch. Artesyn also offers a family of PowerPC-based processor modules (PmPPC) with multiple Ethernet channels that enable OEMs to add auxiliary processing for dedicated functions like SONET mapping, packet traffic and protocol processing.

Katana's PTMC sites can also be used to add custom and third party modules.

By adding a cryptography module, for example, OEMs can use the KatanaQp to provide secure access for applications such as VPNs, WLAN and SOHO gateways. With a LAN module, the KatanaQp can handle IP input and output in a signaling gateway or softswitch. And with a fibre channel or OC-3 module, the KatanaQp can be used as a media gateway or ATM end point.

The KatanaQp complies with all major safety, EMC, and environmental standards, including IEC60950/EN60950, UL60950, CSA C22.2, Global IEC - CB Scheme Report IEC 60950), NEBS Telecordia GR-63, and GR1089 Level 3, FCC Part 15 (U.S. and Canada), and ETSI EN300386-V1.3.1.

Software support for the KatanaQp includes a Linux reference port with built-in support for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP). Artesyn will also add support for carrier grade Linux planned in the near future.

The KatanaQp, equipped with a single MPC7447A processor and a four-channel Gigabit Ethernet fabric interface, sells in OEM quantity for $1,995.

About Artesyn Technologies, Inc.
Artesyn Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, FL., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power conversion and single-board computing solutions for infrastructure applications in telecommunications and data-communications systems. Our products are used in middle to high-end servers, data storage devices, routers, hubs, high-speed modems, RF amplification systems, base station controllers and transceivers. The Company has a global sales reach with design and manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. Artesyn is a public company whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol ATSN. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at

Kim Anderberg

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