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Motorola’s Open Communications Servers Lead the Wave at GLOBALCOMM


On-Site Demonstrations Illustrate Depth/Breadth of Applications

Carrier-grade Common Platform Becoming a Force in the Telecom Industry

TEMPE, Ariz – 9 May 2006 – At GLOBALCOMM™ 2006 Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) will demonstrate evidence of its leadership in aligning the communications industry around open, carrier-grade common platforms, ecosystem coordination and delivering the resulting communications server products.

Product and proof-of-concept demonstrations will include Motorola’s generally available AdvancedTCA® based communications servers as the foundation of key IMS functions, plus views into Motorola’s future MicroTCATM and 10Gbps switch fabric ATCA® platform products.

“Motorola has been selected for the majority of known outsourced ATCA based communications server projects, most of which are control plane applications. We believe this indicates that ATCA communications servers are the emerging trend for this class of network functionality,” said Wendy Vittori, corporate vice president and general manager, Embedded Communications Computing, Motorola. “Our 10Gbps Ethernet switching proof-of-concept will show how open, standards-based communications servers will extend into data plane applications such as the emerging high definition IPTV. And with the recent announcement that we will be including MicroTCA platforms in our portfolio, the benefits of communications servers extend from the core to the edge of the network.”

On-site demonstrations will illustrate the wide range of potential applications for Motorola’s AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA communications servers, including implementations in IMS, VoIP, IPTV and WiMAX infrastructure.

* High availability failover of multiple high-definition video-on-demand streams and thousands of SIP-based VoIP calls on a Motorola AvantellisTM 3000 series ATCA communications server. This demonstration will showcase Motorola’s NetPlane® Software, including Service Availability™ Forum specification implementations, pre-integrated with MontaVista Linux and validated in a deployment-ready communications server.

* Motorola’s CentellisTM 3000 series ATCA communications server, designed to allow network equipment providers to take advantage of an open, standards-based common platform while helping to protect their investment in existing high availability software and applications. Developed as a proof-of-concept in collaboration with, and based on, Intel architecture and including content from an ecosystem of independent software vendors, the communications server acts as a single platform for multiple IMS network elements.

* MicroTCA proof-of-concept demonstrating access and host applications that can be brought to market quickly and cost effectively using an open, carrier-grade platform integrated, validated and certified by Motorola:

1. A video conference system, as a proof-of-concept of a host application
2. A wireless base transceiver station, as a proof-of-concept of an advanced wireless broadband access application, such as WiMAX

* 10Gbps switching in a Motorola Centellis 3000 series ATCA communications server, enabling support for high-bandwidth data plane applications. The proof-of-concept demonstrates a significant increase in ATCA switching capacity and backwards compatibility with currently deployed 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) systems. Developed in collaboration with Interphase, Surf and Artesyn Technologies, the demonstration shows the ability of Motorola’s communications servers to scale according to application needs and continues the company’s history of helping protect its customers’ technology investments. Motorola is working with early access customers for 10GbE switching in its ATCA communications servers.

Motorola also will showcase a custom designed telecom rack and ATCA frame-level integration illustrating Motorola’s Professional Services capabilities, including architectural consulting, development consulting and custom product design. Working collaboratively with the customer, Motorola engineers developed the innovative, low-profile power distribution unit (PDU) that handles significantly more power than earlier generation PDUs as well as integrating serviceability elements such as hot-swappable circuit breakers and a shelf alarm module. This approach enables rapid prototyping, speeding time-to-market and minimizing engineering outlay for the customer.

Communications servers from Motorola also will be demonstrated around the show floor on several strategic alliance and standards organizations booths, underlining the power of the communications server ecosystem and highlighting work with Intel, Interphase, MontaVista, and Wind River.

About Motorola’s Communications Servers
Motorola’s communications servers are open, fully integrated systems that act as a common, carrier-grade platform for a wide range of applications. This common platform concept integrates hardware and software elements to enable equipment manufacturers to focus on adding their application-specific value, thereby reducing the time, cost and risk involved in deploying new revenue-generating applications or migrating existing applications to standards-based technology. For more information:

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit

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Industry Backgrounder

Industry adopts a common platform environment
Several recent developments demonstrate the industry’s move towards the adoption of a common platform environment.

* Recent Yankee Group research states that leading telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) are embracing the concept of common platforms and estimates a 30% improvement in time-to-market and project development costs for TEMs who use standards-based communications servers. The TEMs interviewed for the survey ranked Motorola’s Embedded Communications Computing business highest for ability to deliver fully-integrated communications servers.

* The Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA), of which Motorola is a co-founding sponsor, was announced April 26. The CP-TA will accelerate the development of the telecom industry’s ability to deliver interoperable communications platforms based on open industry standards thus enabling the creation of a large mainstream market for communications servers based on open industry standards.

* A new industry alliance, SCOPE, was recently formed to accelerate the deployment of open carrier grade base platforms for service providers. Its mission is to help, enable and promote the availability of open carrier grade base platforms based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware/software and Free Open Source Software (FOSS) building blocks, and to promote interoperability to better serve service providers and consumers.

* Motorola’s Communications Server Alliance program was recently launched and includes a new certification process and interoperability lab to enable qualified program participants’ products to be pre-tested and validated to work with Motorola’s communications servers.


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