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FPGA-based system management ref designs support MicroTCA

Posted: 26 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Actel? MicroTCA? FPGA? Fusion? PSC?

Actel Corp. recently announced it is the first silicon provider to embrace the Micro Telecom Computing Architecture (MicroTCA) standard with a comprehensive roadmap of free and tested reference platforms for system management using FPGA technology. The company said these reference designs leverage the company's single-chip mixed-signal Fusion programmable System Chip.

Actel has identified five reference designs along its roadmap that meet the MicroTCA specificationa power module, an advanced mezzanine card, a cooling module, a MicroTCA carrier hub and a power supply.

Actel's first available offerings include the power module and the advanced mezzanine card. Conformant with MicroTCA version 1.0 and the Intelligent Platform Management Interface version 2.0, the company said the Fusion-based power module design offers high integration, resulting in more than 50 percent reduction in part count, cost and board space, as well as improved manufacturability, flexibility and reliability versus typical power module designs. The advanced mezzanine card design conforms to PICMG AMC.0 ECROO1 RC1.0 and allows designers to integrate payload and management functions.

In 2007, Actel plans to deliver the cooling module, the MicroTCA carrier hub (MCH) and the power supply reference designs. Actel's cooling module will offer temperature and voltage monitoring for fans. Performing shelf and carrier management functions, Actel's MCH will provide integrated baseboard and network management and support the MicroTCA Carrier Management Controller interface. Later in the year, Actel expects to offer the conversion of AC power to 48V DC input via its power supply offering.

Pricing for the Fusion PSC family starts below $5 each in 250,000 quantities. Free of charge to qualified customers, the power module and advanced mezzanine card reference designs are available today. The cooling module and MCH reference designs will be available in the first halfo of 2007 with the power supply available in the second half of 2007.

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