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ATCA Starts to Rumble

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) flood gates are opening, with more than 100 vendors wanting in on the action and a handful of big-name equipment providers already embracing the standard.

The standard's momentum is documented in AdvancedTCA: Who's Doing What, a new report from Heavy Reading, Light Reading's paid research arm. The report summarizes 130 products from 36 vendors, including systems integrators and component suppliers, covering areas such as ATCA systems and switching specifications and a variety of node blades.

ATCA is the latest attempt to standardize telecom systems.
Naturally, a host of embedded-computing specialists such as Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) have pledged support for ATCA, as it gives them a chance to create a new market in the traditionally proprietary world of telecom. Progress has reached the point where ATCA was a loud voice in the Supercomm chorus earlier this month (see ATCA Finds Its Way and Motorola Preps ATCA Blast).

The success of ATCA will ride on its acceptance by the large telecom equipment manufacturers. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) doesn't seem interested, but four other big names have embraced ATCA:
Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY; Tokyo: 6701), Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT), and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). (See Alcatel Unveils ATCA Gear.)

Based on talks with vendors, Stanley figures the ATCA market to measure $3 billion to $5 billion by 2007.

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