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94 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis covering 60 telecom equipment providers, systems integrators, and manufacturers of ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA systems and components.
Product and pricing data on 540 products, including 266 recently introduced or updated products, from more than 40 vendors.
An exclusive forecast of expected revenues for ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA products through 2017, including a breakdown of market share for COTS vs. in-house platforms.
Complete, up-to-the-minute information on forthcoming products, including the latest information on likely release dates.
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Simon Stanley is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd. Over the last six years, Stanley has written extensively for Heavy Reading...

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ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017

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 and components.

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 providers.

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 vendors.

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.

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.

Report Scope & Structure

ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017 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 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 26 vendors.

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 components.

Section IX presents detailed product and strategy analyses for 28 companies that manufacture ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA components, but not full ATCA systems.

This report updates and expands on Heavy Reading's previous ATCA research, including:
ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017 is published in PDF format.