VDC Research prepares to take measure of ATCA and MicroTCA equipment industry

NATICK, Mass., 11 Jan. 2009. Analysts at VDC Research Group Inc. in Natick, Mass., are asking the embedded computing industry for help in taking the measure of the AdvancedTCA, Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), and MicroTCA markets.

NATICK, Mass., 11 Jan. 2009. Analysts at VDC Research Group Inc. in Natick, Mass. (formerly Venture Development Corp.), are asking the embedded computing industry for help in taking the measure of the AdvancedTCA, Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), and MicroTCA markets.

Market researchers at VDC are surveying the electronics industry in efforts to uncover the level of interest in AdvancedTCA, AMC, and MicroTCA, as well as the markets where industry efforts will concentrate, where purchases will come from, the most popular chassis sizes and power ratings for these board modules, how much AdvancedTCA, AMC,and MicroTCA use will save development costs and boost sales, and the most popular features and performance parameters of these embedded computing board form factors.

Advanced TCA, AMC, and MicroTCA refer to embedded computing module standards of the PCI Industrial Computers Manufacturers Group (PICMG) in Wakefield, Mass.

Advanced TCA stands for Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture, and refers to PICMG standards for next-generation carrier-grade communications equipment, and involves high-speed interconnect technologies, next generation processors, and improved reliability, manageability, and serviceability.

MicroTCA is a series of PICMG specifications that applies AdvancedTCA technologies to relatively small form factor plug in systems. AMC, meanwhile, refers to mezzanine cards that are designed to work primarily with AdvancedTCA carrier cards and plug into MicroTCA backplanes.

To participate in this effort, log on the survey online at www.surveywriter.net/in/survey/survey143/08_atca.asp. Survey results should be available later this year. For more information contact VDC Research online at www.vdcresearch.com.

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