Hybrid backplane eases migration to CompactPCI Express

22nd June 2006
ES Admin
Schroff has introduced a new hybrid backplane that has been designed to facilitate the transition from CompactPCI to the new CompactPCI Express standard by combining the two bus architectures on to a single backplane.
Requiring no additional bridge components, the 3U-high eight-slot backplane can accommodate mixed assemblies of existing CompactPCI-based applications and new developments using CompactPCI Express.

CompactPCI Express is an entirely new bus system that utilises serial data transfer rather than parallel. Existing application software, however, is unaffected by the migration to CompactPCI Express, and its use can be continued. With data transfer carried out by point-to-point connections in

so-called 'lanes', the new standard supports structures with 4 to 16 lanes, delivering transfer rates of up to 4Gbyte/s.

The four slots on the left side of the new Schroff backplane are for 32-bit CompactPCI boards, whereas the four on the right are reserved for CompactPCI Express. The system slot of the CompactPCI Express section is arranged in a four-link configuration as standard, and the three Type 2 peripheral slots

are of a 1x4 lane design.

Providing a straightforward and cost-effective migration path from CompactPCI to CompactPCI Express, the hybrid backplane enables designers to achieve higher data rates while at the same time supporting legacy systems.

In addition to its wide range of backplanes, cabinets, subracks and cases, Schroff also offers a comprehensive system integration service that enables customers to reduce overheads and product development times by outsourcing some or all of their design and manufacturing activities.

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