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Adax And HSS Enable SS7 and Mobile Data Apps

Rave's New Cabinet Simplifies Rackmount Integration

European Space Agency Funds SPARC Chips in Space Program

3rd member in Themis Computers family of Rugged Enterprise Servers

Continuous Computing Ships upSuite High Availability Middleware

Force Launches ultraSPARC-IIe-based VME SBC

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ADAX Adax And HSS Enable SS7 and Mobile Data Applications

Reading, England - December 7th 2000 - Telcos implementing Intelligent Network (IN) and Voice Over IP (VOIP) applications based around SS7, and 3G Services based around ATM and SS7, now have a single source for network foundations. The capability is the result of a new partnership between Adax and Hughes Software Systems (HSS), announced today.

The combination of higher layer software from HSS and protocol controller boards and software from Adax offers users complete solutions for both fixed and mobile applications. As a result, developers can lower time to market for applications by sourcing frameworks built around HSS' 3G, SS7 and VOIP software stacks and Adax protocol controller boards. The HSS SS7 layer 2 has been ported to Adax T1/E1 boards and is offered as an on-board component with the Adax products.

The solution conforms to the US, European and Japanese versions of SS7 layer 2 and provides APIs for the higher layers of SS7 to integrate the layer 2 functions on the Adax protocol controllers. The HSS 3G Software frameworks such as Core Network and Radio Network Controllers drive the Adax ATM hardware.

Similarly, HSS' VOIP Softswitch products, including its Media Gateway Controller, Gatekeeper and SIP Servers, utilise the Adax protocol controller boards. This off-the-shelf solution reduces OEMs time to market and enables the rapid deployment of new services.

"This partnership provides a rounded 3G and SS7 solution for application developers, which can crucially lower time to market for revenue-generating applications," explained Robin Kent, Director of European operations at Adax. "It has come about as a result of an established business and technology relationship which is already providing a solid foundation for 3G, VOIP and IN applications around the world." ...ADAX profile, ...Hughes Software Systems profile
Rave's New Cabinet Makes Rackmount Integration Easier
December 7, 2000 - (Editor) I rememember from my younger days as an electronic engineer that getting all the mechanical bits to fit together sometimes took more time than making the systems work. Being able to close the doors on a new system without stopping it working, or having bits of wire poking out used to be quite an achievement.

To help smooth this part of the integration process Rave Computer Association has recently added a 42U 19" Rackmount Cabinet with a smoked glass front door to its home page, so you can ease in rather than squeeze in a whole bunch of rackmount SPARC systems and storage. ...Rave Computer Association profile
Rave's New Cabinet
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Atmel Atmel, CNES and ESA Sign 3-year Agreement to Develop Next-generation ICs for Space Applications

Nantes, France - December 5, 2000 - Atmel Corporation today announced a 3-year agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) to develop the next generation of integrated circuits dedicated to space applications. The availability of state-of-the-art IC technology and products able to withstand space radiation and qualified at the required level of reliability is of strategic importance for the European space industry and its competitiveness in the next generation of communication, navigation and earth observation satellites.

To ensure the existence of such a capability in Europe, the two major space agencies, ESA and CNES, have concluded with Atmel Europe - a leader in aerospace ICs - a 3-year agreement to develop a complete system-level integrated solution for data and signal processing under space conditions. These applications demand significant processing power (over 100 MIPS), fast memory and specialized libraries and Intellectual Property (IP) for space application needs. The development of such design capability will be undertaken in the framework of this program on the existing SPARC processors and on a new SPARC core (LEON) developed by ESA.

Proven 0.25µm CMOS technology will be used to manufacture the product in Atmel's Rousset facility and adapted to attain the radiation hardening imposed by the space environment. The aerospace division of Atmel, operating from Atmel's Nantes facility, is involved in all major European satellite programs including SPOT/HELIOS, Envisat, Metop, DMSR and Globalstar, and has a successful track record over 20 years as a supplier of high-reliability ICs. ...Atmel profile

Editor's note:- that's a long way to reach for the reset button, I wonder what OS they're using... If anyone knows the answer let me know.
Themis Computer 3rd member in Themis Computers family of Rugged Enterprise Servers

FREMONT, California - December 4, 2000 -
Themis Computer announced availability of its third member of its Rugged Enterprise Server (RES) family, the RES-204. This Sun-based enterprise class server family has been designed from the ground up for military and aerospace service requirements. Based on Sun's UltraSPARC™-80 Server technology, Themis' RES-204 extends the capabilities of Sun's highly successful workstation. Themis redesigned the system to provide a suitable platform for demanding federal and aerospace markets, including expanded I/O in an open, modular system.

"Sun chose to work with us because of our strong UNIX and rugged systems design capabilities. And, we're 100% focused on UltraSPARC™ technology," explained Bill Kehret, president of Themis Computer.

The RES-204 can withstand in excess 15G's of shock and all vibration modes exceeding 50 Hz. The RES chassis features welded seam aluminum construction with machined and welded internal load bearing structures. Additionally, all critical electronic components are supported by mechanical structure that are designed to sustain high shock and vibration loads, including heatsinks, memory and power components.

The RES-204 is packaged in a very compact 10 U rack-mountable enclosure. Pricing and Availability The Rugged Enterprise Server-204 is now shipping. Prices for entry configurations begin at $29K. ...THEMIS COMPUTER profile
Continuous Computing Continuous Computing Now Shipping Award Winning upSuite™ High Availability Middleware for Voice over Packet Applications

SAN DIEGO, Tuesday, December 4, 2000 - Continuous Computing (CCPU), a leading provider of voice-over-packet platform solutions for telecom equipment manufacturers, today announced the release of its upSuite™ High Availability middleware as a stand-alone product. Both Internet Telephony and Communications Solutions publications have chosen upSuite as a 2000 Product of the Year.

The software, specifically designed for Voice over IP (VoIP) application developers, provides a quick, easy and seamless method for turning VoIP applications into Central Office products with 99.999 percent reliability. The core technology of upSuite implements IP disk mirroring at wireline speeds. Information created on an active processor is written to a local disk while simultaneously written across a TCP/IP network to a standby processor and its local disk. IP disk writes can be implemented at speeds from 10Mbytes per second to as fast as 200Mbytes per second depending upon topology, while failover can be tuned to 500 milliseconds or less.

"upSuite enables VoIP applications such as click-to-dial, web conferencing or unified messaging to become a telco-grade revenue generator in weeks," said Ken Kalb, CEO of Continuous Computing. "Our customers are building media gateways, media gateway controllers, billing, SS7 signaling, enhanced IP media services and OAM&P network elements with better time to market than they have ever had before. As a general rule they deploy before their invoices are due." ...Continuous Computing profile
FORCE COMPUTERS Force Expands Family of SPARC-Based Products with ultraSPARC-IIe-based VME Single Board Computer

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2000 - Force Computers today introduced the first member of the CPU-54 family of single-slot single board computers (SBCs) -- clearly illustrating the company's commitment to the VME market. Based on the new UltraSPARC-IIe(r) processor from Sun Microsystems, the new SBC combines high performance and low power consumption with a highly flexible I/O configuration.

The CPU-54 builds on the strengths of Force's established CPU-50 family and will be aimed at similar uses in telecommunications, data communications and governmental applications. The 400- and 500MHz UltraSPARC-IIe processors are the first from Sun aimed specifically at the embedded market. Sun's roadmap for this new state-of-the-art family will enable Force to plan new enhanced members of the CPU-54 family well into the future.

"Expanding our VME product portfolio with the CPU-54 is a clear commitment to the VME market, enabling our customers to access the latest UltraSPARC technology," said Jochen Saal, Force product manager.

The CPU-54's single-slot VME design provides the maximum performance and functionality from the minimum space. At less than 28W, its power consumption rating is considerably lower than other single board computers. By using SDRAM technology, Force can offer 128 or 256 MBytes of RAM -- an expansion module can increase RAM to 2 GBytes. Onboard I/O includes three 10/100 Ethernet interfaces, two Wide Ultra SCSI interfaces and four serial interfaces. Interfaces can be increased in number by adding an IO-54 companion board, which provides an additional Ethernet controller and two PMC slots. In addition, the CPU-54 supports the Solaris 7 and 8 operating systems, as well as the VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) from Wind River Systems.

Pricing for the CPU-54 starts at US$6,000 for individual SBCs. The CPU-54 will begin shipping in February 2001 under Force's Early Access Unit (EAU) program; volume shipments are scheduled for April 2001. ...FORCE COMPUTERS profile

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