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Multi-interface backplane increases design options

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multi-interface? expansion? backplane?

Amfeltec Corp. expands its line of expansion backplanes with a multi-interface device that supports 32-bit PCI interface, x16 PCIe (4 lanes), ExpressCard interface, MiniPCI interface, MiniPCI Express interface and a PMC interface.

The board was developed to support hardware and software designers who need to plug add-in cards with different interfaces into the host computer.

This new Backplane is powered by a standard 12V power supply and connects with the host computer via a standard CAT6 cable and an x1 PCI Express host card or ExpressCard host card.

The multi-interface expansion backplane allows users to expand their system by plugging in additional peripheral add-in cards with different host interfaces. It enables hot-swap replacement of add-in cards without powering down host computer; offers overcurrent protection for each expansion slot/interface; provides access to the PCI/PCI Express JTAG signals for plug-in JTAG emulators; supports AMFELTEC In-Circuit Programmer/Loader Easy Loader; gives easy access to PCI bus signals; and provides mechanical stabilization (U.S. Patent 7,255,570) for add-in PCIe cards in cases where it cannot be held by the bracket.

The multi-interface expansion backplanes are in full production today. A standard package includes the multi-interface expansion backplane; a user manual; a host interface card (x1 PCIe or ExpressCard; and a hot-swap software under Windows, Linux and FreeBSD OS.

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