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  • ATCA in the Cloud

    Arguably one of the most discussed and chased after markets within the computing, communications and software industries, cloud computing continues to occupy center stage in the thinking of users, press, analysts and equipment vendors. Although often referenced as "The Cloud," cloud computing represents a broad mix of components and technologies each of which has a crucial role to play. From networking infrastructure to seas of compute and disk servers and a broad set of specialized software the total market for cloud computing continues to expand rapidly. According to the Yankee group, global revenues for 2010 totaled $37.8B and by 2015 that will have grown to $121.1B. SaaS (Software as a Service) continues to represent the lion's share of this growth and along with the infrastructure of the data center is the hard center of any fluffy cloud.

  • Internet Security
  • Unified Threat Management

    The security of a country is of the highest importance; security for a business’s computing resources and networks is similarly important. Both have borders and assets that need protection, and clear ways to identify citizens or authorized users. As networking products and technologies have grown and advanced, so too, unfortunately, have efforts to breach the networks they create. A multitude of point solutions have been developed and implemented, over the years, to protect against a multitude of threats.

  • Deep Packet Inspection

    Deep packet inspection or DPI is now a fast growing application area, both in terms of technology and market size. Performance has increased and costs have been reduced, increasing the potential applications for DPI platforms. It is estimated that the market for DPI within the U.S. Government alone will be worth more than $7 billion over the next 5 years. The ability to open data streams, inspect their contents and make decisions based on what is found is at the core of DPI.

  • Internet Service Provider
  • Radio Access Networks

    Mobile telephony as we now know it has been with us since the early 1980s, and the infrastructure of cellular networks has evolved and changed significantly since the original analogue AMPS systems were first introduced. Although architectures have evolved there is still a clear separation between the mobile core and the Radio Access Network or RAN. As the technologies moved from analogue to digital, we added mobile data and stepped up through 2G and 2.5G to today’s 3G networks with 4G just around the corner.

  • Base Station Control

    Although building out a mobile cellular network has never been exactly “simple,” the complexities faced by today’s mobile providers are truly multifaceted. When considering network design, especially in the RAN (Radio Access Network), one must balance performance, capacity and economics. The “old school” methodologies of creating “single purpose” base station configurations that require discrete hardware and support limited wireless standards and frequencies etc. make changes and upgrades costly and time consuming.

  • Medical
  • Improved Medical Imaging Performance and Increased Product Longevity with Advantech CompactPCI Upgrade

    It’s been more than 35 years since Dr. Raymond Damadian, a physician and scientist, scanned one of his students in what turned out to be the first ever MRI body scan on a human being. It took almost five hours to produce one image, and that original machine, named the "Indomitable," is now owned by the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Power & Energy
  • CompactPCI Keeps Power & Energy Flowing - Toward a Smarter Grid

    The world’s electricity system is undergoing profound changes for a number of reasons: among them the sharp rise in electricity consumption in emerging markets, the increase in producers connected to the network due to the liberalization of the electricity market, and the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources due to new greenhouse gas emission goals. At the same time, the electrical system must continue to meet the stringent requirements of quality and service, keeping the balance between supply and demand, and maintaining both safety and security at all levels. To meet these requirements, the electrical system is evolving in several areas, in particular in transmission and distribution, data collection and communication, and in applications and services. Smart grid technology deployment is taking place on all these levels in an attempt to modernize the network and respond to ongoing changes, while meeting the requirements of safety, quality and stability.

  • CompactPCI Keeps Power & Energy Flowing - Toward a Smarter Grid

    CompactPCI Keeps Power & Energy Flowing - Toward a Smarter Grid

  • Telecommunications
  • Session Border Controllers

    With the advent of VoIP came a host of network opportunities and challenges. One such challenge related to NAT (Network Address Translation) as the borders between networks, private and public or inter‐carrier were traversed. Various network devices and techniques evolved to solve these NAT traversal issues; one however, took the lead and now has become ubiquitous, offering a variety of functions – the Session Border Controller or SBC.

  • Video Transcoding with DSP

    The moving image has become a foundational element in today’s culture. No longer restricted to our family room TVs, video is now ever-present and far from its original analogue roots. With broadcast digital TV, HD, internet video & TV and of course video-enabled Smartphones, things have come a long way in a very short time.

  • Service Edge Node

    In its regular Traffic and Market Data report, which provides insights into current trends, Ericsson forecasts a 10-fold increase in mobile data traffic by 2016. According to the report, mobile broadband subscriptions will reach almost 5 billion in 2016, up from the expected 900 million by the end of 2011.That would represent 60 percent year-on-year growth, at the same time as the data consumed by smartphone users is surging. Total smartphone traffic is expected to triple during 2011. Across all devices, internet access will continue to drive mobile traffic development and mobile data traffic is expected to grow by nearly 60 percent per year between 2011 and 2016, mainly driven by video.

  • x86-based Video Transcoding

    As demand for mobile video capacity continues to explode, Advantech platforms, based on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor technology, provide transcoding performance and flexibility for system integrators helping mobile operators to offer differentiated video services.

  • Softswitches

    Since VoIP telephony and all the associated services first hit the market, forecasts have been bullish. Looking back, some of the forecasts were way underestimated and over the last few years, adoption has grown even further. Back around the 2004 timeframe most estimates placed the North American VoIP subscriber base forecast for 2010 at approximately 18-20 million. By the time we got to 2007 most forecasts had increased and at least one had 2010 pegged for over 40 million subscribers. In the early part of 2010, with the year already started, multiple prognosticators had global estimates for the year just pushing past the 100 million subscriber mark. Now with the benefit of hindsight we can look back and see where we really ended up.  According to a report released by Infonetics Research at the end of March 2011 (VoIP and UC Services and Subscribers), the number of residential VoIP subscribers increased in 2010 to reach 157 million worldwide. The report also predicts continued growth for the next 5 years, with overall service revenue to double during the same period.

  • Media Gateway

    Today when we say “network” it is synonymous with IP or the packet network that we now take for granted has usurped the long-established circuit switched telephone network. Those circuits, however, still exist and the network element that enabled such a change still has an ever evolving and crucial role to play – the media gateway. This critical interworking element translates between networks of differing standards. It provides conversion of streamed media formats such as voice or video, and manages any associated signaling. The gateway is a fundamental application whose core architecture has changed little and is expected to contribute (along with its partner – the softswitch) nearly $8.5 billion to the overall telecom equipment market.

  • Network Acceleration

    Current market reports and news articles from around the world all seem to be in agreement that mobile broadband usage is now growing faster than wireline. The latest smartphones connected to fast 3G networks provide compelling applications for users and are stimulating a dramatic uptake in the use of mobile-broadband technology. The mass market adoption of wireless data continues to be spurred by network operators, as they introduce innovative new data services.

  • Others
  • SIP Application Servers

    Technology, architecture, computing performance, and bandwidth, all these elements continue to advance, however, on their own they are simply enablers, enablers of applications. The all IP network as defined by 3GPP’s IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) architecture has created the ultimate enabling environment in which the ultimate enabler is the SIP Application Server.

  • Mobility Management Entity

    When cellular networks were first conceived they were simply a copycat version of the established voice network, but without the wires. For many years mobile voice remained the primary traffic carried, however, over the last few years data has exhibited dramatic growth that shows no signs of abating. Many believe we will see close to 100x increases over the coming years.