PICMG Adds IPv6 Addressing Protocols to AdvancedTCA Platform

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WAKEFIELD, Mass., June, 2015 – PICMG, the leading standards organization for the communications, military and embedded computer industries, announces support for IPv6 protocols for the popular PICMG 3.X AdvancedTCA© (ATCA©) platform, originally introduced in 2003 to serve the Communication Service Provider and telecom industries.

“IPv6 is the newest version of the ubiquitous Internet Protocol (IP) on which much of modern electronic communication is based. IPv6 solves multiple long term problems with the existing IPv4, including the impending exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, which are only 32 bits in size. The burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) is making it ever more crucial to continue and accelerate the availability of IPv6, which supports 128-bit addresses,” said Mark Overgaard, Founder and CTO of Pigeon Point Systems, who led the work.

“Though many existing AdvancedTCA (ATCA) applications will continue to use IPv4 for a considerable time, it is crucial for ATCA to allow new applications to make use of IPv6 where appropriate. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI, a foundation for the management layer of ATCA) was augmented with IPv6 support in 2013. These new Engineering Change Notices (ECNs) provide the option for that same support in both PICMG 3.0 (the ATCA Base Specification) and PICMG 3.7 (the ATCA Base Extensions Specification),” added Mark.

This new capability is entirely optional and existing compliant systems using the older IPv4 protocol are still compliant. “PICMG is releasing it as Engineering Change Notices (ECN) to the existing revisions of PICMG 3.0 and PICMG 3.7. An ECN is a common industry practice for upgrading capability quickly without the overhead of a major revision change.” noted PICMG President Joe Pavlat

Click below to download the ECNs.

ECN001 for PICMG 3.0 Revision 3.0

ECN001 for PICMG 3.7 Revision 1.0