Bustronic Introduces New VPX Load Board

Elma Bustronic Corporation, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes has announced a new 3U 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 load board functions to 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 3U VPX load card features a microcontroller-based stepped load control to 100W maximum. 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. Go-No-Go indicators are present for 3.3V, 5V, 12V, +12V_Aux, -12V_Aux and 3.3V_Aux. There is also an IEEE injector/ejector handle to provide a secure and convenient latching mechanism. Bustronic is also planning a 6U VPX Load board as well as conduction-cooled version in the coming months. The company also offers VPX backplanes, chassis, test extender boards, and SerDes test modules.

About Bustronic, An Elma Company

Founded in 1989, Elma Bustronic specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance backplanes. Elma Bustronic has a complete line of industry-standard backplanes, including CompactPCI, VME, VME64x, H.110 CT, VXI, VXS, and ATCA. Elma Bustronic’s custom design service combines creative engineering, highly sophisticated computer simulation and modern design techniques to offer customized backplanes that meet the most specialized system requirements. A member of the ELMA Electronic group, Elma Bustronic is located in Fremont, California. Elma Bustronic is a member of PICMG™, VITA, and the StarFabric Trade Association and can be found on the World Wide Web at www.Bustronic.com.

Elma Releases E-Frame Open Access Chassis for 3U Backplanes

Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, has announced a new 3U version of its E-frame chassis line.

The E-frame has been available in heights for 6U backplanes and now accommodates 3U heights.  The unit does not have side or back walls around the card cage area, providing easy access for test and development.  The E-frame was designed with the high power and cooling requirements for VPX (VITA 46/48) systems. However, any backplane architectures in a 3U height can be used, including VME and CompactPCI.

The total height of the portable E-frame is approximately 9U, with a convenient carrying handle on top.  With a rugged modular aluminum construction, the E-frame tower can support up to 21 slots at .8″ or 17 slots at 1″ pitch.   There are front accessible test points and monitoring LEDs for +3.3V, +/-5V, +/- 12V, +/- 24V, and +/- 48VDC.   The E-frame features high performance cooling with 3 x 150 CFM fans under the card cage.   The fans are speed controlled with fan fail indication.  A system monitor with remote monitoring via Ethernet capability is optional.

The black coated powder coated finish of the E-frame enhances aesthetics.   Other features include a Rear A/C PEM (Power Entry Module) with fuses, GND Stud, Front located ESD jacks.  The unit also offers full RTM (rear transition module) support.

About Elma Electronic

Elma Electronic Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of enclosures, backplanes, cabinets, cases, and “ready-to-run” packaging for ATCA, CPCI, MicroTCA, Rugged COTS, VME/64x, VXS, VPX, and custom bus structures.. Elma’s component product line offers a wide selection of top quality switches knobs and LED arrays. The company has been a worldwide supplier of dependable, high performance products for over 35 years. Elma operates three facilities in the continental United States plus has locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Israel.

Elma Electronic Inc. is located at 44350 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 USA. Telephone (510) 656-3400 – Fax (510)656-3783.  www.elma.com

Bustronic Offers New 16-Channel VPX SerDes Test Module

Elma Bustronic., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, has announced a new 16-channel version of its SerDes Test Modules for VPX systems.   The modules allow testing and pre-emphasis of the SerDes signals to ensure signal performance of the system.

The 16-channel SerDes modules are designed to plug into VPX backplanes and directly test the channel compliance.  They can be used to test VPX switch and node cards and/or the backplane channels without requiring external equipment or special test fixtures.  The modules provide a quick and efficient look at the “vital signs” of the signals in the VPX system.

The Bustronic SerDes test modules also allow pre-emphasis tuning of VPX cards.  The modules allow the user to measure the initial performance of the VPX boards and fine-tune them for optimum performance.   Plugging directly into the backplane/chassis, the modules allow quick and easy characterization of the signals and eliminate the need for SMA connectors, cables, and capital-intensive measurement hardware.  With a USB connection to a laptop or desktop computer, it is easy to create Eye Diagrams, measure Bit Error Rates (BER) and jitter, and more.  Plus, the module kit includes software with a simple GUI interface.   Within minutes, the user can plug the cards into the test chassis, connect the USB cable to a laptop, download the GUI software and begin measurements.

Bustronic can also provide SerDes test modules in other architectures and form factors, including ATCA, VXS, and MicroTCA.

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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