Elma Announces Two-Slot OpenVPX Development Platform Supports Both 3U and 6U Cards

Elma Electronic Systems division, a leading supplier of embedded products and systems solutions built on open standards-based platforms like CompactPCI, ATCA, VME and VPX, has released a new two-slot VPX/OpenVPX test and development platform that accommodates both 3U and 6U boards via a shelf divider.  The new E-Frame Series Test Platform can connect multiple backplanes to efficiently simulate various fabric topologies, eliminating the need for costly custom backplanes and allowing high speed signals to be passed from one slot to the next. 

The new E-Frame Series enables developers to power up one or more VPX blades under test and interconnect the J1 fabric connections to emulate the user’s application.  Signals from an external device can also be introduced through the J1 fabric connector or accessed on the J1 fabric connector using the provided SMA and SATA cable headers. 

The use of a standard VPX RTM (rear transition module) plugged into the back provides access to the J0, J2, J3, J4, J5 and J6 connectors, while simultaneously accessing high speed signals in the J1 connector, routed out the side of the backplane.  Each slot’s J1 “A” channel is broken out into 16 SMA connectors and the “B”, “C” and “D” channels into four SATA2 cable headers (12 total per slot). 

Designed for ease of use, the test platform features a 1.6″ card pitch that enables easy cable access to components on either side of the board under test.  A built-in LED voltage monitor provides bus voltage compliance, and VNAs (vector network analyzers) and other probes can be used on the surface of the VPX card under test for enhanced testing capabilities. 

The new E-Frame Series measures 9U x 42 HP (8.4″) x 11.73″ and weighs only 18 lbs.  Located on the rear of the chassis, power input voltage is 97 VAC to 264 VAC auto-ranging and power input frequency is 47 Hz to 63 Hz. Total power consumption is 580 W.  The test platform operates from 0°C to +50°C at altitudes of up to 6,000 feet.  It withstands shock of up to 10 Gs at 11 ms and vibration to 1 G at 10 Hz to 330 Hz in non-condensing humidity from 5% to 95%.

Optional Elma computing products compatible with the E-Frame Series include 3U and 6U OpenVPX SBCs; secure, rugged, NAS and RAID storage solutions; fabric network switches; and FPGA-configurable I/O solutions.

Delivery for an E-Frame Series Test Platform is two to four weeks through Elma’s Express Program

Bustronic Releases 6U VPX Load Board

 Elma Bustronic Corporation, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes has announced a new 6U VPX Load Board.   The load board helps confirm the chassis meets the VITA 46/48 power specifications for VPX and aids in locating hot spots within the enclosure. 

The 6U VPX version is the latest in Bustronic’s family of load boards.  This includes a 3U VPX form factor style announced in 2009, VME64x/VME, CompactPCI, and AMC (MicroTCA) formats.  The load board helps test a system’s cooling capabilities by first applying the load to the power supply for verification and creating the necessary heat to confirm chassis cooling. By locating hot spots in the chassis, a system designer can verify where to optimally redirect the airflow to prevent overheating.  

The 6U VPX load card features a microcontroller-based stepped load control to 100W maximum.  Go-No-Go indicators are present for 3.3V, 5V, 12V, +12V_Aux, -12V_Aux and 3.3V_Aux.  The rotary switch selects the voltage setting while pushing the ON switch will cycle between different power levels shown on the LED display.  The set load power levels are saved in EEPROM.   Other features include a power reset button (to minimum level) and a SYSRESET signal on the two test point outputs. 

Bustronic is also planning a conduction-cooled version in the coming months.  The company also offers VPX backplanes, chassis, test extender boards, and SerDes test units.

The lead- time is 2-3 weeks ARO.

Contact Information

Elma Electronic Inc.

44350 S. Grimmer Blvd.
Fremont, CA, 94538
United States

tele: 510-565-3400
fax: 510-656-3783

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