Sanmina-SCI and Teradiant join forces to help system designers expedite time-to-market and profitability
Jun 22, 2004
Advanced networking platforms promise unprecedented cost reduction, integration and scalability
Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM) and Teradiant Networks, a developer of networking semiconductors, announced a strategic alliance to accelerate the development of a family of application platforms based on the ATCA (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture) standard.
Through innovative architecture, the platforms make it possible for network equipment companies to build systems that scale easily from 20Gbps to 120Gbps. The platforms are architected around the first ATCA-based traffic management and switching (TMS) card, providing unprecedented functional integration while reducing power and cost. Through the aid of industry-standard hardware and a rich suite of application programming interfaces (APIs) -- all pre-integrated and pre-validated -- OEMs can minimize development time and cost, ensuring a significant reduction in time-to-market and increased profitability. The API suite also enables OEMs to build proprietary applications that ensure true differentiation in their product offerings.
"Sanmina-SCI continues to expand its global resources to support OEM customers asking for greater outsourcing services in the form of product development and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) solutions," said David Dutkowsky, executive vice president of Communications Systems Engineering for Sanmina-SCI. "Our strategic collaboration with Teradiant highlights our commitment to leverage our global technology leadership to become a leading ODM supplier of ATCA-compliant products." He further noted that an increasing number of OEMs are looking to Sanmina-SCI as a dependable, financially strong partner for complete end-to-end solutions that achieve faster cycle time, higher reliability, lower cost-to-market and increased profitability.
With the rollout of scalable 20Gbps to 120Gbps platforms in late 2004, Sanmina-SCI and Teradiant will catch the growing wave of interest in ATCA. According to Crystal Cube Consulting, demand for ATCA is expected to produce up to $20 billion per year in networking system sales by the year 2007. ATCA provides a common set of physical and electrical interfaces for telecom and networking equipment, and ATCA-based systems are designed for ease of component reuse and ease of product differentiation. The adoption of ATCA is expected to drive down the cost of next-generation platforms while increasing performance, scalability and reliability, plus reduce the total cost of ownership for equipment manufacturers and service providers.
"This move will enable OEMs to obtain all the cost benefits of the ATCA standard, the reduced cost and development times resulting from pre-integration and testing of hardware, and the significant cost reductions afforded by the highly-integrated, award-winning Teradiant TMS chip," said Satchit Jain, chief executive officer of Teradiant Networks. "Furthermore, OEMs can use well-documented APIs and reference code to deliver significant product differentiation while achieving a competitive advantage. Together with these advantages, OEMs will have the backing of Sanmina-SCI's world-class manufacturing and operations."
"The partnership of Sanmina-SCI and Teradiant provides additional evidence of the growing momentum around the ATCA standard," said John Metz, principal analyst with Metz International, a marketing research and consulting firm focused on the networking industry. "These leading innovators are well positioned to deliver a range of networking platforms that will significantly decrease OEMs' time-to-market, and help service providers lower their capital and operating expenditures."
Sanmina-SCI and Teradiant will preview and provide demos of the application platforms at SuperComm (booth 20622), June 22-24, in Chicago.