Bustronic Unveils 4-slot CPCI Backplane with Shelf Management Options

9/22/2003 - Bustronic Corporation, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes, have announced a new slim 6U 4-slot CompactPCI (cPCI) backplane with several special features.

Compliant with the latest PICMG specifications, the 4-slot Low Profile cPCI backplane offers a computer-simulated, eight-layer stripline design for high performance. With the power studs and power blades dispersed throughout key locations in the backplane, the overall width is a true 4-slot size. This allows the backplane to fit within a 2U low-profile horizontal chassis.

With optimal power dispersion and distributed high and low frequency de-coupling capacitors, the 6U 4-slot CompactPCI backplane delivers virtually zero crosstalk. A unique feature of the backplane includes special wiring for shelf management. Incorporated into a 20-pin header with other signal functions are pins for the Intelligent Platform Management Bus (IPMB) including IPMB_SCL 1, IPMB_SCL 2, IPMB_SDA 1, IPMB_SDA 2, IPMB_PWR 1, and IPMB_PWR 2. These connections are also usable for the new IPM Sentry Shelf Manager from parent company Elma Electronic.

The IPM Sentry goes beyond basic monitoring of voltages, fans, and temperature by adjusting the speed of the fans, sending out remote alarms, maintaining a System Event Log (SEL) along with a Sensor Data Record (SDR), and collect information on the Field Replaceable Units. Nearly all of Bustronic's future cPCI and ATCA backplanes will offer pluggability to the IPM Sentry Shelf Manager. The modular backplane's 6/32 power studs allow Bustronic's power interface boards to be hooked up to the backplane that provide dual-redundant power supply swapping.

Bustronic also offers a similar version of the 4-slot cPCI backplane that is compliant to the PICMG 2.16 specification for packet switching applications.

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