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Module features up to 380W output power

Posted: 24 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mixed-signal FPGA? MicroTCA power module? Fusion PSC?

Jasper Electronics has developed a MicroTCA power supply, the TCA380, using Actel's MicroTCA power module reference platform. Based on the Actel Fusion Programmable System Chip (PSC), the platform enables the rapid deployment of systems based on the MicroTCA specification, an emerging standard that defines a new low-cost, small form factor chassis and backplane architecture for high-performance, high-availability systems.

As the world's first mixed-signal FPGA, the Actel Fusion PSC integrates analog, embedded flash memory and a live-at-power-up FPGA fabric in a single chip, enabling over 50 percent reduction in part count, cost and board space. Studies have also shown that nonvolatile flash-based FPGAs, like Actel's Fusion products, are more resistant to neutron-induced errors than SRAM FPGAs. This reliability is important for the MicroTCA markets such as medical, telecommunications, industrial and military as well as avionics systems.

Compliant with the PICMG MicroTCA power module requirements, the TCA380 is a full-featured MicroTCA power supply with 380W of output power. It provides 16 programmable payload channels up to 9.4A in 40mA increments as well as 16 power management channels. The input voltage range is -36 to -72Vdc and the supplies are fully hot swappable. The TCA380 is also RoHS compliant.

Conformant with MicroTCA version 1.0 and the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) version 2.0, the Fusion-based power module design is the first MicroTCA reference platform to be offered by any silicon provider.

The power module reference design is available now and is offered free of charge to qualified customers, said the company.

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