Hybricon Corporation and Emerson Network Power Lead Effort To Ruggedize the MicroTCA Standard

New PICMG rugged MicroTCA.2 subcommittee tackles requirements for more demanding environments

AYER, Mass., and TEMPE, Ariz. [May 22 2008], Hybricon Corporation and Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, today announced that they are leading the effort to ruggedize the MicroTCA TM standard, including holding leadership positions on the newest PICMG Rugged MicroTCA.2 subcommittee. This subcommittee is comprised of members from dozens of PICMG member companies and is focused on addressing the dynamic and challenging rugged environments that are critical for a number of edge applications in the military market.

With Hybricon’s Michael Palis as chair and Bob Sullivan as secretary, plus Emerson Network Power’s Stuart Jamieson as draft editor, the new PICMG Rugged MicroTCA.2 subcommittee will address specific environmental requirements such as shock and vibration, based on ANSI/VITA 47, for both air-cooled and conduction-cooled applications. The subcommittee also will direct attention to higher levels of environmental stresses as a follow-on to the PICMG Rugged MicroTCA.1 effort. PICMG Rugged MicroTCA.1 is now nearing completion with a rugged air cooled version of MicroTCA, aimed at rugged commercial and industrial applications requiring a higher level of shock and vibration and/or extended temperature operation.

Hybricon and the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power will showcase ruggedized MicroTCA solutions at the upcoming MicroTCA Summit from May 28 – 30 in Chantilly, VA. Dedicated entirely to Micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture, the summit provides attendees with current information on this emerging standard platform for low-cost telecommunications equipment, mobile systems, military and defense systems, medical equipment, and other applications.

In the Emerson Network Power booth (#201), the companies will demonstrate technologies that enable the implementation of Intel© silicon into extreme environments, such as severe shock and vibration encountered when deployed in vehicles that travel on uneven terrain. A live MicroTCA demo will showcase streaming video while operating under a simulated extreme terrain environment.

In addition, Stuart Jamieson and Bob Sullivan will present an overview of PICMG Rugged MicroTCA.1 and PICMG Rugged MicroTCA.2 in Tutorial T2A – MicroTCA Hardware Development – on Wednesday, May 28, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

Contact Information

Embedded Computing, Emerson Network Power

2900 South Diablo Way, Suite 190
Tempe, AZ, 85282-3222

tele: +1 800 759 1107
toll-free: +1 602 438 5720

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