Advantech Introduces Universal ATCA Blade Adaptable To Widest Range Of Networking Infrastructure Applications

MIC-5333 dual processor iA Blade provides up to 160Gbps external network connectivity and 3 FMM sites for offload, acceleration and I/O customization 

Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW) today announced the industry’s most scalable and flexible high-performance ATCA blade based on the Intel platform for communications infrastructure formerly known as “Crystal Forest.” The MIC-5333 Dual Processor ATCA Blade enables the highest network and packet processing performance available in ATCA form factor with up to 16 cores of Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processing power. The MIC-5333 also includes 3 Advantech Fabric Mezzanine Module (FMM) sites allowing Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) to utilize Advantech’s Customized COTS framework to create differentiating feature sets and deliver flexible, scalable and efficient solutions. Designed to be a highly flexible, common blade for a wide range of networking applications, the MIC-5333 shortens design times and accelerates the insertion of new technologies creating significant time-to-market and cost-savings advantages for OEMs.

“Network Equipment Providers can utilize our available FMM options with Advantech’s Customized COTS framework to optimize the MIC-5333 for virtually any ATCA application.” said Peter Marek, Director x86 Solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. “In fast-evolving networking markets this provides OEMs with increased agility for addressing dynamic market opportunities, delivering scalable and efficient solutions to respond to rapidly changing market requirements.”

The MIC-5333 features two 8-Core Intel® Xeon® E5 Series processors and eight DDR3 1066/1333/1600MHz VLP DIMMs for up to 256 GB with ECC. The MIC-5333 supports up to 8 x 10GBaseKR ports with dual star backplane topology using the FMM-5001Q or with the FMM-5004M, supports up to four 40GBaseKR4 ports based on the Mellanox ConnectX®-3 40Gb Ethernet Controller in a dual-dual star topology. Additional configurations supported via two FMM sites include 10 GE front panel IO or acceleration options. The MIC-5333 also supports a hot swappable RTM with 36 PCIe gen.3 lanes. RTMs can be used to support additional FMM sites and up to 8 10GE ports.

OEMs can also include the FMM-5006 Intel® QuickAssist Accelerator to optimize bulk encryption and data compression, making it easier to bring fast, secure processing to all network elements. Multiple FMM-5006 modules can accelerate secure traffic up to 100Gbps on the blade to give customers the ability to handle many more secure transactions and without the cost of specialized solutions.

Advantech’s Customized COTS framework combines the benefits of standard products with the advantages of custom design. It helps Network Equipment Providers accelerate the introduction of solutions where flexibility, scalability and performance per watt are equally important to delivering differentiation, protecting investments and lowering total cost of ownership.  Customized COTS is based on standard products that have been designed with later customization in mind to enable distinct features and custom IP integration without the risk of expensive, time consuming full-custom ODM designs.

When used in large-scale platforms such as Advantech’s NeTarium™ 14-slot platform, MIC-5333 based solutions can support system-level switching capacities of over 1.28Tbps with application processing provided by 192 Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 cores.

“With their FMM technology, Advantech has engineered an ideal approach for customers to scale their ATCA fabric interconnects,” said Eran Bello, Director of Business Development, Telecom and Security at Mellanox Technologies.  “At an aggregate 160G bandwidth using two FMMs based on the Mellanox ConnectX®-3 40Gb Ethernet Controller, this state-of-the-art ATCA blade removes system bottlenecks, increases utilization and delivers higher application performance. For equipment providers investing in workload consolidation on communications infrastructure compute platforms, Advantech’s MIC-5333 will give them a welcome boost in capacity, scalability and flexibility.”

“The MIC-5333 can be optimized to support a wide range of network workloads such as policy and charging enforcement, network security, real-time traffic monitoring, load balancing, subscriber analytics and content optimization among others,” concluded Marek. “As a universal ATCA blade, the MIC-5333 provides the flexibility and performance for higher network efficiency and intelligence. Network OEMs will truly appreciate the flexibility, time-to-market and cost advantages of the MIC-5333.”

Full information about the MIC-5333 is available at or on the product page here.

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