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New Motorola Multi-Service -- IP, ATM, TDM -- System-Level Platforms for Telecom OEMs Help Deliver Fastest Packet Transport and Greatest Bandwidth Available.

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TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 20, 2001

Combination Of System Management (PICMG 2.9), Backplane Communications

(PICMG 2.16), Distributed Storage (Fibre Channel) and Multi-Protocol

Packet Architecture (Mesh Fabric) Creates Universal Platform

Motorola Computer Group, a part of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), which provides embedded boards and system-level platforms for nine of the world's top 10 telecommunications original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Monday unveiled plans for the Multi-Service Packet Transport Platform or MXP.

The MXP, which adheres to open industry standards regulated by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG(R)), is an embedded applications platform that helps provide the industry's fastest throughput (more than 700Gb/s) with the flexibility and scalability needed to deliver multiple services that can connect to different networks -- Internet Protocol (IP) and ATM.

The carrier-grade, high availability MXP simplifies the options and reduces the risk for telecom OEMs developing next-generation applications such as SS7 gateways, media/VoIP gateways, media gateway controllers, edge routers, softswitches and access gateways, because they can develop on the industry's first single platform that is designed to be scaled for performance and throughput depending on the application and number of users.

Access to these options for speed and bandwidth are necessary for applications built at the edge of the network involving information that both manages and moves data (control and bearer plane traffic).

"During a time when the business environment is extremely challenging for all telecom providers, it is refreshing to see a longtime provider such as Motorola bring to market such a unique and flexible solution, capable of delivering a variety of applications, that offers benefits to equipment suppliers, carriers and end-users," said Norm Bogen, director of WAN infrastructure and services for Cahners In-Stat Group.

Applications Focused Architecture Gives OEMs Design Options

The MXP's control architecture supports up to 18 distributed processors or eight distributed storage elements, as opposed to other PICMG 2.16 platforms, which offer only 14 switched elements. The MXP employs a "mesh switch fabric" to augment the 2.16 environment.

Using this fabric, a high-speed data environment can be created that scales to more than 700Gb/s (17 x 18 x 2.5Gb/s). This fabric is used for higher-end bearer plane applications such as multi-protocol edge routers, 3G wireless radio network controllers (RNCs) and media gateways, as well as for a Fibre Channel network for high-end processing and storage applications.

This system interconnect configuration provides Fibre Channel connections to each slot from redundant aggregators/hub boards in addition to point-to-point connections.

"The beauty of this architecture is that it is designed to be adapted to many different applications because the communication between any two slots is not contingent on what protocols may exist elsewhere in the platform.

"ATM, IP and Frame Relay packet processing could be occurring simultaneously with call processing and data base management," said Paul Virgo, director of product marketing for Motorola Computer Group's telecommunications business.

"Motorola has been delivering a mesh fabric solution to early adopter customers for the last six months through our PXP series. The MXP, with an expanded 18 by 18 mesh switch fabric and defined network processors that know how to take full advantage of the architecture, takes the best of what we've learned and puts that knowledge into the MXP to make it capable of handling everything packet.

"Customers have validated the architecture and we have improved the overall system performance, so we are ready to submit the mesh fabric for consideration by industry standard committees," Virgo said.

"The point-to-point Mesh Interconnect Fabric is at the heart of the Motorola MXP platform. This fabric offers the MXP scalability, flexibility, redundancy and high-speed capability due to the full connectivity of the mesh across all slots.

"Despite the current market condition, Motorola has taken a proactive position by developing this platform now. As the market heats up, Motorola will be marching forward while others will be merely reacting," said Michael Pietrobono, vice president of technology research at Sterling Research.

Alternative Platform Offers Easy Migration from H.110 to Packet

An alternative platform in Motorola's packet transport family, the HXP, combines backplane messaging (PICMG 2.16) with H.110 to allow OEMs to convert existing voice (TDM) applications such as interactive voice recognition, call centers, and DSLAM to IP packet transport.

OEMs with H.110 systems can thus protect their current technology investments, while still moving to packet-based transport, by using this platform.

Products Specific for Varying Packet Switching Needs

The first MXP offering is a 21-slot platform with up to 18 slots available for general-purpose processors or network processors. Motorola will provide Intel(R) architecture or PowerPC(R) general purpose processors and network processors based on the C-Port C-5.

The HXP2000 is a 16-slot platform with up to 12 I/O slots bussed together with H.110 and PICMG 2.16. Both the MXP and HXP are based on Motorola's CPX8000 High Availability series and HA Linux operating systems. HA Windows and real-time operating systems are also supported by the MXP. DSP boards from Motorola's recent acquisition of BlueWave Systems are expected to be available for use on this platform.

Early access units of the HXP and MXP platforms are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Full production of the MXP is expected during the first quarter of 2002.

A complete technical white paper on the new platforms, their positioning in the marketplace, and technical specifications is available at www.motorola.com/telecom.

About Motorola

Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS).

It is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications, network storage, imaging, medical equipment and semiconductor production and test equipment industries, with core competencies in services and training, design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities.

IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized. www.motorola.com/computer

Motorola Inc. is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion. www.motorola.com

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