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CP-TA Introduces Self-Testing Program for xTCA Interoperability

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The Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA) has introduced a self-testing program for the interoperability of xTCA (AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA, AMC) building blocks. Companies can now utilize the interoperability criteria, test procedures and test tools developed by CP-TA and its members to perform self-testing in order to verify xTCA product interoperability. CP-TA empowers the xTCA ecosystem by providing standardized, proven guidance and tools to lower integration costs without the added expense of a formal third-party certification program.

In addition to its continued work toward easing xTCA interoperability challenges for traditional telecom central office applications, CP-TA has also expanded its mission to include xTCA communications platforms used in Military, Aerospace and data center applications as well. While originally designed for use in telecom network operating environments, xTCA has gained traction in additional markets due to the advantages of open standards, inherent reliability and power efficiency. Vendors supplying to each of these vertical markets share similar xTCA interoperability objectives.

Today’s announcement comes in conjunction with the organization’s recent designation of Polaris Networks’ MicroTCA Tester and AMC Tester as suggested tools for use with CP-TA’s Interoperability Compliance Document (ICD) and Test Procedure Manual (TPM). CP-TA approved Polaris’ ATCA Tester earlier this year as an authorized test tool, and all three tools are harmonized with the ICD and TPM to test for manageability interoperability of xTCA building blocks. Furthermore, CP-TA has negotiated for certain discounts on xTCA test tools from Polaris Networks for member companies depending on the level of membership. Similarly, CP-TA is working with additional tools providers to develop thermal testing tools so that companies can test xTCA products for CP-TA B.x thermal compliance.

To correspond with the goal of broadening its focus, CP-TA has restructured its membership levels and now offers a “Participant” level for $2,000. The new level offers members significant technical and marketing benefits at a relatively low cost, and provides an easy entry point for joining and participating in the organization. A list of membership levels and benefits is available on the CP-TA Web site www.cp-ta.org.