According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), deployment of merchant AdvancedTCA (ATCA) integrated platforms, configured as full systems, is beginning to increase its growth and momentum. The deployment of ATCA platforms and associated growth of the market were constrained by major obstacles during 2004-2006. There were three important hurdles to overcome in order to accelerate deployment. Each has been either overcome or is far along.
- The first obstacle was the constraint imposed by early build out associated with different technical interpretations relating to the ATCA specification.
- The second obstacle surrounded the implications of ATCA as a standardized communications platform associated with value realized.
- Finally, the ATCA platform requires supporting subsystem and component technology.
According to VDC’s research, 2006 shipments of Merchant ATCA Integrated Platforms were US$ 104.8 million and forecast to reach US$ 339.8 million by 2008. This indicates that NEPs and TEMs are now moving from the evaluation and pilot stages to selected production and development stages for ATCA. These firms are beginning to buy ATCA merchant platforms in larger volumes for their own value adds and fuller deployments.
Of the 2006 merchant Integrated Platform shipments, 92% were 14- or 16-slot platforms as opposed to the 2- and 5-slot platforms that are more typically used for evaluation and pilot for ATCA systems. NEPs and TEMs are buying these integrated ATCA platforms from merchant suppliers, and then building in their own value to include application specific hardware, software, and support services. These completed systems are then being deployed primarily into core and edge communications and network applications. Still too early are enterprise-related products and networks.
VDC’s report, AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA Components and Solutions: Global Market Demand Analysis, 2nd Edition, examines all facets of the ATCA and µTCA markets including board-level components, basic platforms (chassis, power supply, and shelf manager), and integrated platforms. Market projections are provided for all of these segments of the AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA markets as well as demand analysis of data collected from AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA evaluators and users.
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