Consumer demand for bandwidth seems insatiable. And the resulting growth in IP traffic is creating extraordinary demands on the communications infrastructure.
The overwhelming popularity of 3G smart phones, and the subsequent delivery of high bandwidth applications, is putting extreme pressure on wireless carriers to deliver more bandwidth in their networks.
On wireline connections, there has been growing use of media-rich content such as video chat, YouTube and web cams. Added to this demand now are longer-duration connections such as movie streaming and IPTV.
This in turn increases the demand for high bandwidth network infrastructure equipment. In order to respond to this demand, the bladed AdvancedTCA (ATCA) architecture must inevitably increase the data processing performance per blade and consequently the bandwidth of the blade’s datapath into the system backbone.
The technology for creating blades and systems that interact at 40 Gbps is just on the edge of entering the market, but there are steps that developers can take now to pave the way for quick and painless system upgrades once that technology arrives.
You can also view an archived webinar discussing The Future of 40G and the Reality of 10G Solutions