Dy 4 Systems Expands CompactCore Line of CompactPCI Products With Conduction-Cooled, Fully Ruggedized PMC Carrier Card

10/22/2002 - Dy 4 Systems, a division of Force Computers, a Solectron company, and a leading designer and manufacturer of COTS VME and CompactPCI (CPCI) products for harsh environments, has announced the addition of the SCP/DCP-201 conduction-cooled carrier card to its CompactCore line of ruggedized CPCI products. Designed to integrate Dy 4 PCI mezzanine cards (PMCs), the fully ruggedized carrier card, dubbed "Little Buddy," expands functionality on its host single board computer (SBC), the SCP/DCP-119.

Easing expansion on the SCP/DCP-119, Little Buddy enables integration of ruggedized PMCs like Dy 4's MIL-STD 1553-capable PMC-601 I/O module or Trinity 1 (PMC-700) or Trinity 2 (PMC-702) graphics controller modules. Overall, a fully integrated CompactCore SBC with a carrier card, PMC system is a "total solution" for high-performance, space/weight-constrained defense and aerospace applications.

"As the latest addition to the CompactCore family, the Little Buddy carrier card offers full integration with its host, the PowerPC 750 processor-based SCP/DCP-119 board," said Henry Kwok, Dy 4 Systems product marketing manager for the CompactCore line. "By further enhancing the SBC's already extensive onboard capabilities, Little Buddy provides unprecedented flexibility and complementary functionality for the CompactPCI environment. Plus, it will be integrated with all future CompactCore base boards."

Fitted with Dy 4's exclusive thermal frame design for enhanced heat dissipation and ruggedization, Little Buddy enables PMCs to operate in environmental extremes of temperature, humidity, shock and vibration typical of combat aircraft or space vehicles. Providing optimal thermal management for onboard PMCs, the carrier card's enhanced thermal frame efficiently regulates temperature by conducting heat away from hot spots, allowing PMCs to function at their peak effectiveness. Also, Little Buddy has no active components, which could potentially affect an onboard PMC's thermal profile.

Offering conduction cooling unavailable on any other carrier card, the Little Buddy's enhanced thermal frame lets even hot-running PMCs operate at their full potential with no concerns about cooling. In addition, a specially designed conformal coat protects Little Buddy and onboard PMCs from high-humidity or highly corrosive conditions such as fog or salt spray.

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