The recently issued MicroTCA standard represents a cost effective and scaleable solution to develop products which are future proof. For a fast and easy introduction to the MicroTCA technolgy Schroff offers a MicroTCA development system in two versions. One supports a Single module and the second supports a combined Double and Single module with sepration kit.
The development systems from Schroff represent the recently issued MicroTCA standard R1.0 and are used for the testing of hardware, software and applications. With this the most diverse architectures can be developed and tested. Through the rapid increase of AdvancedMC operating modules used in AdvancedTCA as well as MicroTCA, own developments for certain applications can be reduced to a minimum and the time to market can be shortened considerably. The Schroff development system supports all AdvancedMC module widths and heights and the board guides can be assembled anywhere within the 1 HP grid in the board cage.
The backplane used in the MicroTCA development systems from Schroff supports 10 AMC modules (8 Full-size and 2 Mid-size) as well as 2 MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) slots and 2 power module slots. The system is arranged in Dual Star topology. For the operation of the hard discs there are some S-ATA/SAS direct connections between the individual slots. In order to use the first wider power modules on the market both power module slots are arranged on the backplane in 9 HP. Based on this backplane other connection topologies can be realised very easily and quickly.
MicroTCA defined a +12 V DC power supply on the backplane, whereby each AMC module can be disconnected individually. For using in a laboratory a MicroTCA power module has been planned, which generates the 12 V voltage for the AMC module from an extensive AC input range and distributes if to 16 schwitchable ports. Additionally the power module generates a management voltage of 3.3 V, which is also available on the 15 ports. The power module is equipped with a management controller, which can be driven by the MCH.
Another, more cost effective possibility is the use of a MicroTCA power input module instead of the MicroTCA power module. Here the +12 V DC voltage is supplied from an external voltage source or from a plug-in power supply in the development system to the power input module. This then transfers the power to the six ports. The power input module also has individual switches for the individual ports and generates 3.3 V management voltage. There are two module versions availabe, one with and the other without a management controller.
The hot-swap and IPMI capable cooling unit with two DC fans together with an easyly replaceable air filter provides reliable cooling for the entire system from the front side air input.
Schroff is a leading developer and manufacturer of packaging systems for the electronics, automation, IT and communications industries. The standard product range extends from cabinets, cases and subracks, fan units, power supplies, backplanes to micro computer assembly systems. With its extensive integration services Schroff is able to offer the customer complete systems for the 19” technology. Schroff belongs to the Pentair Enclosures Group Europe, with its headquarters in Straubenhardt/Germany and employs 1,500 people throughout Europe. The group is part of Pentair Inc., a Minnesota-based manufacturer whose core businesses compete in water technologies and enclosures markets. The company employs 11,500 people in more than 50 locations around the world.