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MicroTCA backplane comes in Cube-style format

Posted: 14 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MicroTCA backplane? Cube-style format? MicroTCA slots?

Elma Bustronic Corp. has released a MicroTCA backplane in a Cube-style format. The backplane features six AdvancedMC, one Power Module and one MicroTCA carrier hub (MCH) slots.

The Bustronic backplane has a Star topology and fits in a 4U wide Cube-style MicroTCA portable enclosure. The backplane also features a J-Tag Switch Module (JSM) slot and connections at the bottom for a cooling unit and at the top for temperature sensors. The 12-layer routing includes 12 ports for fat pipe lanes and allocations for PCIe traffic.

The pinout of Connector 2 of the MCH is the first alternative pinout defined in the MicroTCA spec. This pinout contains half a Fabric (Fabric B) and three clock networks. The Fabric on this connector is not used, instead Ports 2 and 3 of the AMCs are connected directly between the cards.

Bustronic also offers MicroTCA backplanes in both Star and Dual Star topologies and in Pico and Sub-rack formats.

The Cube MicroTCA backplane is priced at less than $1,000 depending on volume and configuration requirements. Delivery is four to six weeks ARO.

- Gina Roos

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