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6th May 2016
Jordan Mulcare

ADLINK Technology introduces the cPCI-A3515, the company’s first product in a series of CompactPCI Serial processor blades. This 3U module features an Intel Core processor and supports the CompactPCI Serial industry standard for applications requiring reliable high-speed, high-bandwidth data communications, such as railways, factory automation, and defense.

The PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial standard, which evolved from the PICMG 2.0 specification, is the fastest, most versatile, most cost-effective open standard for CompactPCI (CPCI). The Serial standard is mechanically and electronically compatible with 3 and 6U euro-cards, defining an interface for high-speed switched fabrics with a star topology. Point-to-point connectors allow up to eight peripherals on one system slot without switches or bridges. Ethernet data transfer can be configured with full mesh topology, which allows up to 1000Base-T connections to all peripheral slots for redundant, safety-critical systems.

“ADLINK offers cost-effective migration by providing a bridge adapter for existing CPCI I/O cards. An upgrade to the CompactPCI Serial standard on ADLINK embedded modules requires only an upgrade to the new Serial CPU blades,” said Yong Luo, General Manager, ADLINK’s embedded computing product segment.

Customers may test the serial interface on their systems by using ADLINK’s starter kit, which includes the CPU board, I/O cards, fanless chassis, backplane, and power supply.

The Serial standard extends parallel PCI with serial PCI Express, SATA, Ethernet, and USB, and supports transfer speeds up to 600 Gb/s. ADLINK’s cPCI-A3515 offers extensive data throughput options with PCIe interfaces that include one PCIe x8, two PCIe x4, and three PCIe x1. Four 6 Gb/s SATA interfaces and up to ten USB 2.0/3.0 ports are also available. Rear I/O features up to eight 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet connections to compatible backplanes, which may be either hybrid or CPCI 2.0/S.0 commercial-off-the-shelf. Front I/O includes two display ports, two USB 3.0, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as an option for two USB 2.0, one RS-232/422/485, and one VGA port.

ADLINK’s new CompactPCI Serial processor blade features a quad-core 4th/5th generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16 GB dual-channel DDR3L soldered ECC-type SDRAM. The QM87 chipset with AMO EFI BIOS and 128 Mbit SPI flash memory supports Microsoft Windows 7/8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6/7.0, Windows Embedded Standard 7, VxWorks, and QnX OSes. Intel Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost Technology, VT-x, VT-D, and v-Pro Technology are also included.

In addition, the cPCI-A3515 offers increased robustness with an extended operating temperature range of minus 40 to 85 degrees Celsius, maintained support for hot swapping and ADLINK’s Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA).

SEMA provides detailed system data at the device level, including temperature, voltage, power consumption, and other key information. Access to system activities allows operators to identify inefficiencies and malfunctions in real-time, thus preventing failures and minimising downtime. ADLINK's SEMA-equipped devices connect seamlessly to the SEMA Cloud to enable remote monitoring. All collected data, including sensor measurements and management commands, are accessible from any place, at any time through an encrypted connection.

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