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ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast

Few telecom equipment providers today still have the resources to develop new systems from the ground up. To overcome this limitation, many companies are turning to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, which enable equipment providers to leverage the investment made by their suppliers in developing common platforms and components. The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) is the leading high-availability COTS architecture for the telecom market, and is now a key platform for many Tier 1 vendors.

Scores of companies are shipping ATCA, Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), and MicroTCA products, ranging from connectors to fully configured, carrier-class systems. The latest blades integrate some of the most powerful processing devices now available for embedded systems including the Intel Xeon 5500 series (Nehalem) and ATCA performance has been taken to a new level with the introduction of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) switch blades. AMCs and the smaller MicroTCA add another dimension to these systems, increasing system flexibility and meeting the requirements for smaller systems and more demanding environments.

The ATCA market is seeing significant growth, as carriers continue to roll out new systems and IP-based infrastructure. Many vendors have committed to ATCA across multiple markets, developing standard platforms that are used by several product groups. However, many companies are still using in-house system integration, software, and components, reducing the market opportunity for COTS vendors and system integrators. ATCA opens up new opportunities for silicon vendors, systems integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and service providers. As with all paradigm shifts, there will be winners and losers making this a key market to watch.

ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast 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 10 systems integrators and 46 component suppliers. The report also includes a market forecast for ATCA products through 2012, with a breakdown of COTS market share, and presents information on the usage of ATCA, MicroTCA, and AMC modules by 13 leading telecom equipment providers.


In addition to detailed market forecasts, ATCA, AMC, & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast provides a complete accounting of all ATCA, MicroTCA, and AMC systems now available or announced by suppliers a product spectrum that includes more than 500 products from more than 60 different suppliers and telecom equipment manufacturers. All told, the report provides more than 2,000 data points covering the ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA sectors representing the most comprehensive accounting of this vital market available to date.

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Report Scope and Structure

ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast is structured as follows:

Section I is an introduction to the report, with complete report key findings.

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 19 vendors.

Section IV covers ATCA switching architectures and technology, including Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GE), and high-speed alternatives such as InfiniBand and 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 22 vendors.

Section VI provides feature comparisons for announced AMC modules from 35 vendors.

Section VII explores MicroTCA architectures and technology, with comparisons of MicroTCA chassis, systems, MicroTCA carrier hubs (MCHs), and power modules from 20 vendors.

Section VIII presents detailed product and strategy analyses for 10 companies that integrate ATCA systems, and in many cases develop ATCA components.

Section IX presents detailed product and strategy analyses for 46 companies that manufacture ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA components, but not full ATCA systems.

The report is essential reading for a wide range of industry participants, including the following:

Telecom equipment manufacturers: How does your ATCA/MicroTCA deployment strategy match up to your competition? Which component and subsystem vendors are taking the lead in ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA product availability? Which products are available, and which are still vaporware? Are your suppliers stepping up to meet your anticipated timetable for ATCA and related products?
Component and subsystem manufacturers: Are you ahead of the curve in ATCA and MicroTCA deployment, or are you falling behind? Which product areas present the most attractive opportunities? How is demand for ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA likely to develop in the systems market?
Systems integrators: How do your partnership channels for ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA deployment measure up? Are there other potential partners that are capable of delivering products that you need now to meet your clients' needs?
Network operators: How will ATCA's continued development affect your supply-chain relationships? When can you expect to see meaningful cost reductions from the move to ATCA, and how big a cost benefit will you get? Which vendors will be in the best position to deliver the products you need to build your next-generation network?
Investors: Which equipment makers are in the best position to capture market share in this important telecom industry sector? When will this sector begin to show meaningful and sustainable growth?

ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast is published in PDF format.

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Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
Stanley tracks telecom components markets as an analyst and consultant. He is the author of numerous Light Reading reports on topics including 10-Gbit/s Ethernet transponders and PHY chips, switch fabric chipsets, traffic manager chips, network processors, and next-gen Sonet/SDH silicon...
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94 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis covering more than 60 telecom equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and manufacturers of ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA systems and components
Product and pricing data on more than 500 different products, representing more than 2,000 data points for detailed product comparisons
An exclusive forecast of expected revenues for ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA products through 2012
Complete, up-to-the-minute information on forthcoming products, including the latest information on likely release dates
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