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ATCA for 3G Wireless Networks
The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) is an emerging concept in carrier-grade systems that proposes telecom equipment manufacturers make use of standardized, off-the-shelf hardware to build high-availability telecom applications.

The idea is that system vendors need no longer support expensive, proprietary hardware platforms and can instead reap cost, time-to-market, and product flexibility benefits from adopting commercial hardware in the form of chassis, management modules, backplane interconnects, and single-board computers, as specified by the ATCA standards.

The argument holds that vendors no longer differentiate their products through their computing (hardware) platform, but instead impress customers with the features and robustness of their application-layer and system-level software.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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Although R&D-to-sales ratios in the mobile network equipment industry are slowly returning to something like normal, analysis of the numbers from the third quarter of 2004 shows that most equipment vendors are spending at least as much on R&D as they're making in profit:
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R&D is one of the primary drivers of product competitiveness and helps vendors deliver higher levels of performance for lower cost. This makes the key question not how to reduce R&D spending, but rather how to maximize the effectiveness of this investment.
The chart below summarizes Unstrung Insider's view of the ATCA adoption timeline. We expect healthy activity in 2005 and 2006 but see the market really moving to the mass deployment phase in 2007 and 2008.
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Network equipment manufacturers featured in this report: Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU); Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY; Tokyo: 6701); Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT); and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE).
ATCA platform suppliers featured in this report: Artesyn Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ATSN); Continuous Computing Corp. (CCPU); Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC); Kontron AG (TecDAX 30: KBC); and RadiSys Corp. (Nasdaq: RSYS).
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