The xTCA standard has come a long way from its first initial release.  Multi core architecture opens the door for new applications on xTCA and with higher bandwidth available for multi core processing, creates an ideal platform for applications beyond 10GbE backplane connectivity.

Standard based products are widely available in the market today and xTCA based platforms are deployed in a variety of network elements taking full advantages of the high availability implementation for full redundant platforms. Besides ATCA based platforms, MicroTCA begins to see its area of applications from non-redundant to full redundant high availability platforms in the network and in other areas such as telecom test and measurement equipment.

 

The initial challenge to use standard based components in a system design was interoperability in a multi-vendor environment. This has been addressed in a joint effort with multiple vendors working together to create interoperability guidelines for ATCA developers and system integrators.

Some of the ongoing technical and industry updates can be followed on the CP-TA blog and we encourage you to contribute your input at http://blog.cp-ta.org/.

 

The latest development within IEEE opens new possibilities to move xTCA as a standard based platform further into the network. As we had seen in the past, 10GbE backplane connectivity has reached its limit as new multi-core processors are surfacing the horizon.

Introduction of 10GbE-KR backplane connectivity creates new blade level and system level design capabilities.

Details regarding these new design possibilities and the market trend were recently published at

http://www.compactpci-systems.com/articles/id/?4185

 

This is providing an interesting future to the xTCA form factor and eco system. And the new multi core architecture with eliminated memory bottleneck combined with the virtualization possibilities extends the usage model of xTCA from only telecom centric applications to military and datacenter applications.

 

So, how is your next generation platform project taking advantage of these design possibilities? Where are you now with xTCA and where do you want to be in five years from now using open standard based components and platforms?