Pixus unveils custom OpenVPX chassis platform

Claimed to be the fastest known, customised OpenVPX backplane/chassis design available, Pixus Technologies announces the 9U RiCool chassis platform for 6U OpenVPX boards. The embedded computing and enclosure specialist has included dual hot-swappable 191 CFM fans for cooling up to 2,500W for the 9U RiCool chassis. The design allows the use of rear transition modules (RTMs) in all slots. Rear-pluggable power supply unit’s provide power for the VPX and custom rails, available in various wattage and output options.

The 14-slot design has routing for 28G+ signals across the backplane. This is in excess of the four x 25G speeds of 100GbE and the capability of the high-performance RT3 VPX connector. As such, a special high speed connector was utilised for the 28G+ signals, adds Pixus. The backplane also required VITA 66.5 and VITA 67.x interfaces for optical and RF through the PCB.

Pixus offers high-performance OpenVPX and other open standard architecture backplanes, chassis platforms, and specialty products.  The company also provides customisable faceplates, ejector handles, card guides, and other components.

Pixus Technologies specialises in electronics packaging. It was founded in 2009 by senior management from Kaparel Corporation, a Rittal company. Pixus Technologies’ embedded backplanes and systems are focused primarily on  ATCA, OpenVPX, MicroTCA, and custom designs. Pixus also has an extensive offering of VME-based and cPCI-based solutions.

In May 2011, Pixus Technologies became the sole authorised North and South American supplier of the electronic packaging products previously offered by Kaparel Corporation and Rittal.


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