Newbridge Networks and Siemens have teamed up to introduce what they claim is the largest ATM switch for carrier networks. The 36190 Core Services Switch will start to ship in the middle of this year.
The companies said that the switch allows carriers to build high performance ATM core networks and scales to more than a terabit per second on a single platform. The product is part of the companies? Main Street Xpress architecture, which includes two other products - a Multiservices Switch and an Access Switch. Users who have already ordered the switch include Swiss Telecom.
Product features include full fault tolerance through redundant shared subsystems and interfaces, and live intelligent diagnostics. The switch supports protocols for signalling systems including ISDN, SS7/C7 and ISUP, and incorporates both the ATM Forum and International Telecommunications Union standards for ATM.
Jennifer Pigg, vice president at research company Yankee Group, said the switch will be the world?s biggest large core ATM carrier class switch. ?The alliance has the most complete suite of ATM wide area network products under a single architecture and management system,? she said.
Newbridge chairman Terence Matthews, said: ?The switch will allow carriers to to build ATM networks from the edge all the way to the core based on a single architecture.?
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