MicroTCA has served modern telecom apps well, and now the form factor is entering newer territory – the defense domain – and finding success therein.
Introducing the FPGA Mezzanine Card: Emerging VITA 57 (FMC) standard brings modularity to FPGA designs
FPGAs are popular in today's military embedded systems, but I/O can become a problem with its tight coupling to the FPGA and resulting limited design reusability. This also limits the availability of COTS FPGA boards because it can be difficult to design an FPGA with the right I/O for a wide customer base. The new VITA 57 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) standard is stepping in, however, to help engineers face these challenges.
SDR receiver manufacturers' custom and proprietary digitized data formats can make interoperability quite a challenge. However, now the VITA 49 Radio Transport (VRT) standard is aiming to solve the problem.
In the race between conventional backplane performance and VXS gigabit serial links, VXS wins by several orders of magnitude.