Legacy systems and solutions
VMEbus or Versa Module Europa bus has been widely used since the 1980s. We are able to offer current products based on both Intel®, PowerPC® and QorIQ™ based processors. The functionality of the VME format Single Board Computer can be expanded by adding daughter cards onboard or via a carrier card. Known as daughter cards or mezzanine modules, these can add a variety of interfaces such as FPGA, graphics, communications and aircraft databus. They are available as IP (industry pack), or in the common mezzanine form factors (CMC) of PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) or Switched Mezzanine Card (XMC).
PMC modules were also used on Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (aTCA) boards before the development of the Advanced Mezzanine Card or AMC. Like the PMC and XMC, AMC modules add functionality to carrier-grade communications equipment and also as cards that slot into the backplane of a MicroTCA® system.
AdvancedTCA® or aTCA systems have also been ruggedised for use in defence applications where the 8U high cards with up to 4 mezzanine cards provide a powerful, dense computing solution. We also provide a range of Xeon® blades, switches and chassis to support customer installed equipment.
Now largely replaced by COM-Express, ETX modules have been used in a variety of industrial, transport and medical applications principally using low power SoC devices like the Intel Atom®. Our current offering will support you for the future, maintaining support for legacy interfaces whilst also offering interconnect for newer higher-speed devices.
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AdvancedTCA® products comply with PICMG 3. x standard and are designed around high availability operation. Our offering of aTCA products includes the chassis (or shelf), processor blades, switch fabric blades and rear transition modules.
Processor blades are available with single, dual or quad Intel® Xeon® CPU’s and also Switch Fabric blades with support for 1, 10 and 40GB.
Our central office 19inch rack mount systems typically comprise of a 12U high chassis with the 8U blades mounted vertically and occupying up to 14 slots wide. Smaller low profile platforms are available for 1 or 2 horizontally mounted blades. These also offer high availability operation of system management, a facility for a Rear Transition Module and cooling.
Advanced Mezzanine Card or Advanced MC are field replaceable hot-swap modules to the PICMG specification. These daughter cards add functionality to Advanced TCA® blades and are also plugged into MicroTCA backplanes directly.
AMC’s provide a variety of I/O including user-programmable FPGA, Communications, Analog and Network interfaces on high-speed serial buses like PCI Express and Rapid IO.
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