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“Fully channelized” T3 card boasts Linux support

Dec 17, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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OEM communications hardware provider SBE Inc. will begin taking orders in January for a fully channelized T3 wide area networking (WAN) adapter card capable of terminating 672 HDLC channels, which is delivered with drivers for both Red Hat and TimeSys Linux.

SBE's wanPMC-C1T3 is a PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) form-factor board that targets voice conferencing, VoIP (Voice over IP), and SAN (Storage Area Network) pipe applications, as well as video on-demand and Internet routing.

The wanPMC-C1T3 integrates a fully channelized, single port T3 interface with an HDLC/transparent controller on a single PMC board, the company says. The device includes an M13 multiplexer, 28 T1/E1 framers, signal conditioning, B3ZS coding, loopback capability, and a 32/64-bit 33/66MHz PCI interface, according to SBE.

SBE CEO William B. Heye, Jr. said, “Our timely introduction of the wanPMC-C1T3 is critical in addressing the increased demand for board-level solutions to accommodate VoIP, voice conferencing, and other emerging voice/data applications.”

The addition of the wanPMC-C1T3 complements SBE's existing PMC-based line of WAN adapters that currently support synchronous serial, T1/E1/J1, HSSI, and T3/E3. Previously, SBE had offered a T3 card capable of supporting 256 HDLC channels, the wanPTMC-256T3, a PCI Telecom Mezzanine Card (PTMC) device that “was one of the first channelized T3 products out there,” according to SBE Vice President of Marketing Elaine Chin.

SBE's wanPMC-C1T3 board can be ordered in January 2004. Pricing varies based on configuration requirements and OEM quantities. See SBE, Inc. website for more details.

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