Technology Filtered by - Backplanes & Boards

New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the Backplanes & Boards sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the latest electronics technology news from New Electronics.

An in-house prototyping revolution

At a time when the capabilities of electronic products are breaking new ground, it could be true to say that their potential is being held back by design, development and production processes that haven’t kept pace with the speed of innovation.

Keeping operating areas MOSFET safe

Mission critical servers and communications equipment must continue to operate, even as circuit boards and cards are plugged-in or pulled-out for maintenance and capacity adjustment.

Part art, part science

The development of backplanes for high performance designs is certainly challenging. The key appears to be ‘don’t do it yourself’, especially if you are looking at customised designs.

Squeezing the performance out of ATCA through virtualisation

It is more than 10 years since the release of PICMG 3.0, the standard which defined the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA). Deployed in many parts of the ‘network’, ATCA is now beginning to be adopted in markets such as military and aerospace, where highly reliable computing is a hard necessity.

Minimising costs for wire-to-board connections

Wire-to-board connections incur high costs when handling large quantities in mass markets. Using the right connection technology, however, can cut costs significantly and it is often worth considering using tried-and-tested technologies that enable cables and circuit boards to be connected at little cost.

A new VITA specification is set to enable rugged systems the size of a Rubik's Cube

Since its early days, components for VME and similar systems have been measured in terms of units – or U. At the larger end of the scale, boards have been manufactured in the 6U format – measuring 19 x 10.5 x 19.5in. Many of these products were used in military applications and, at the time, size was not a major issue. In fact, the combination of ruggedness and ease of maintenance was more important.

The challenges of taking COTS to top speed

There's nothing new in the concept of using COTS – commercial off the shelf – backplanes and boards in a range of applications. It's an approach rooted in good sense, as long as the various elements you select can interoperate.

Mezzanine cards cope with changing I/O requirements

Front panel I/O functionality has been typically been fixed on 3U and 6U form factor cards and changing this functionality meant redesigning the cards – which can be an expensive undertaking. While the advent of PMC and XMC modules has allowed configurable front panel I/O, these modules use much of the 3U and 6U carrier card area.

Backplane options for high performance systems

Since the days when classic open platform technologies, such as VME and CompactPCI, were established in the 1980s and 1990s, the processing power available to system designers has continued to increase rapidly. In particular, the emergence of multicore processor technology has created a need for ever higher data throughput, driven by applications like mobile internet and video on demand.

Far from dead - VME is still alive and kicking.

When confronted with the question 'is VME dead?', what comes to mind is Mark Twain's famed response to his supposed demise – 'reports of its death are exaggerated'. VME, still the de facto open standard board architecture of choice for the embedded defence and aerospace market after 30 years, remains vital and healthy, both as a technology and as a 'culture' in the VITA Standards Organisation (VSO).

Core to the fore

What's so special about Intel's Core i7 processor and why is it finding a lot of industrial applications?

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