Two 6U VPX carrier cards extend Acromag’s OpenVPX range

To offer designers support for a variety of signal processing and computing options, Acromag has added two VPX carrier cards to its OpenVPX range. The VPX carriers route power and bus signals to two plug-in XMC mezzanine modules with a 16-lane Gen 3 PCIe interface to enable a broad range of FPGA, GPU, I/O, and CPU combinations, said the company.

The VPX4840 and VPX4850 provide a simple and cost-effective solution for interfacing XMC modules to a VPX computer system, confirmed Acromag.

The VPX4840 and VPX4850 feature two XMC slots with support for front or rear panel I/O. They are available with VITA 42, VITA 61, or VITA 88 connectors to route power and interface bus signals to the plug-in mezzanine modules. Both models support a choice of direct PCIe connection to the VPX backplane via the data or expansion plane.

The XMC sites have a 16-lane PCIe bus Gen 3 interface for rapid data throughput. By inserting XMC mezzanine modules on the carrier, including XMC processor (prXMC) modules, developers can now leverage hundreds of available function modules currently unavailable in a VPX platform, said Acromag.

“With two XMC sites, system integrators can combine FPGA, GPU, I/O, avionics, communication, and even prXMC modules to create custom computing boards in a single slot” said Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s business development manager. The carrier cards are intended for use in aerospace, defence, scientific research and industrial systems requiring high-speed I/O.

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