AdvancedTCA (ATCA, PICMG3.0) is the consummate open architecture telecom platform and theKatanaQp is the ultimate configurable ATCA telecom blade. It features a two-way symmetric multi-processing(SMP) architecture with dual PowerPC MPC7447A or MPC7448 processors and a full complementof I/O for communications applications.KatanaQp's PCI Telephony Mezzanine Card (PTMC, PICMG 2.15, VITA 32) expansion sites give telecomOEMs, who want to get started with ATCA today, instant access to a wealth of third party PTMC modules.This off-the-shelf expansion capability makes it easy to configure the KatanaQp for a wide varietyof control and packet processing applications, including WAN access, SS7/SIGTRAN signaling, mediagateways, traffic processing, wireless base station controllers and softswitches.In telecom network elements, system management is essential. KatanaQp is an intelligent FRU and implementsa redundant System Management Bus (SMB). It also fully supports the Intelligent PlatformManagement Interface (IPMI) with AdvancedTCA extensions to support standards-based shelf management.Using an off-the-shelf processor blade saves you time-to-market by allowing you to focus your engineeringefforts on the key value add portions of the system without spending time and effort on theprocessor design and testing. A processor subsystem blade also lowers your lifetime cost of ownershipby providing an easy upgrade path and protecting you from obsolescence issues.