Power- and ground-only VPX backplanes reduce development time

Power-only and ground-only VPX backplanes from Elma Electronic now include  design options for high-speed, open standards-based system architectures, such as OpenVPX, CMOSS- and HOST-compliant hardware as well as systems aligned to The Open Group Sensor System Open Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard and even custom designs.

According to Elma, system designers can cost-effectively test and build open standards-based embedded systems and reduce development time using the backplanes. The backplanes are available with or without apertures and accommodate a range of high speed RF and optical connectors. The backplanes are designed for data rates of 40 and up to 100Gbits per second.

“For an embedded designer moving a system to market, development time and ease of use are critical. By freeing up all available pins during system development, these new power- and ground-only backplanes enable rapid test and retest of different profile configurations,” explained Ram Rajan, senior vice president of engineering for Elma Electronic.

All pins are user-defined, except for those for 3.3, 5.0 and 12V power and the defined ground and utility planes. Rear connectors are fully populated and can be accessed with Elma’s slot-to-slot or slot-to-I/O bulkhead cable assemblies for system development.

Elma Electronic manufactures commercial, industrial and rugged electronic products for embedded systems and application-ready platforms – from components, embedded boards, backplanes, chassis and enclosures, power supplies, to fully integrated sub systems.

Elma also offers standard and custom cabinets and enclosures and precision components such as rotary switches/encoders, LEDs, front panels and small cases.

The company leverages proven technology based on VITA, PICMG, and other standards-based architectures (i.e. OpenVPX, SOSA, VME, CompactPCI Serial, COM Express and PCIe/104). Elma is also actively engaged in designing solutions for applications requiring smaller footprints.

Elma Electronic manages entire projects from initial system architecture to specification, design, manufacturing and test through its worldwide production facilities and sales offices. The company serves the mil/aero, industrial, research, telecom, medical and commercial markets and is certified to ISO 9001 and AS 9100.


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