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CI Systems Launches High-Speed Conduction-Cooled PMC Serial I/O Adapter
Publication: CI Press Release Issued: Date: 2000-01-01 Reporter: CI Systems

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CI Systems, a Cape Town based company specialising in real-time networking solutions for mission-critical applications, has launched a high-speed conduction-cooled PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) serial I/O adapter capable of withstanding high shock, vibration and temperature levels.

This makes it particularly suitable for environments where convection-cooling or forced-air cooling are not possible or appropriate for the end-use application.

According to CI Systems managing director, Richard Young, conduction-cooling is a method of cooling active and passive components on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) by direct heat conduction from an area of higher temperature to an area of lower temperature.

Host carrier cards provide the thermal interface for the conduction-cooled PMC adapter by means of thermal ribs which conduct heat away from the PMC adapter.

Young said CI Systems CCPMC Serial Adapter conforms to the Conduction-Cooled PCI Mezzanine Card (CCPMC) Standard, namely: VITA 20-200x. The CCPMC Serial Adapter is currently implemented i.a.w. VITA 20-200x, Draft 1.12.

In addition, the CCPMC Serial Adapter interfaces to a 32-bit PCI-Bus and complies with the PCI Rev. 2.1 specification. Mechanically it complies with the single CMC formfactor i.a.w. the IEEE P1386.1 specification.

Architecturally, it uses a Motorola MPC860 PowerQUICC Integrated PowerPC microprocessor as a communication controller. The PowerQUICC processor can easily be configured to implement different serial protocols, thus allowing the PMC Serial Adapter to keep up with technological advances.

The thermal interfaces on the CCPMC Serial Adapter have thermal vias densely packed to provide an effective heat path from the buried thermal layers in the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) to the mating thermal interfaces on the surface of the CCPMC PCB.

The adapter provides either four or eight channels of simultaneous, high-speed, bi-directional serial communications and is available in both forced-air or conduction-cooled versions.

"Conduction-cooled boards are particularly suitable for environments subject to high shock and vibration levels with the target applications being in rugged embedded systems," said Young.

"Suitable applications include distributed real-time applications in harsh environments, mission-critical applications, avionics, vetronics and high-speed sensor integration.

"In addition, CI Systems CCPMC Serial Adapter boasts several features making it ideal for real-time communication links, namely its high data transmission rate, efficiency and cost-effectiveness."

"The Motorola PowerQUICC processor acts as the communication front-end and allows the use of a wide range of communication protocols, as well as intelligent management and status reporting of all serial links," he concluded.

Preferred software drivers for the CCPMC Serial Adapter are VxWorks, LynxOS and Windows NT and C/C++ has been used as the driver source code.

In addition, the following options have also been catered for:

  • Solaris Drivers
  • QNX Drivers
  • AIX Drivers
  • Ethernet / Fast Ethernet Option
  • SS7 Protocol

ISDN Protocols (Basic Rate and Primary Rate)

CCPMC Serial Adapter Specifications