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PCI-SYSTEMS Inc., a leading supplier of conduction cooled VPX systems, announces a totally new design approach to VPX backplanes to deliver PCIe Gen2 and Gen3 speeds for any backplane topology.

PCI Systems Inc.
VPX Gen3 passive backplane
VPX Gen3 passive backplane
Cartridge type rear I/O  PCBs minimize space needed
Cartridge type rear I/O PCBs minimize space needed

Sunnyvale, CA--- February 19, 2012 ---PCI-SYSTEMS Inc., a leading supplier of conduction cooled VPX systems, announces a totally new design approach to VPX backplanes to deliver PCIe Gen2 and Gen3 speeds for any backplane topology.

The backplanes have a rear I/O cartridge type PCB assembly that allows easy customization of ANY backplanes with ANY Open VPX profiles in a fast and inexpensive manner.

Switches and other hardware are placed on mezzanines allowing an extremely small Rear I/O assembly that can be exchanged extremely fast and is conduction cooled using wedgelocks that clamp the cartridge to the chassis walls.

Since the backplane is passive, low layer counts are possible and all MESH or STAR topologies are moved to the rear I/O mezzanines.

These backplane assemblies are used on all PCI SYSTEMS chassis including Vita73, Vita48 and Vita77 chassis.

“Backplanes with high speed data transfers on PCIe Gen 3 switch fabric in a STAR configuration offer the lowest latency by tightly coupling all PCIe devices to a common 100MHz reference clock,” states Claus Gross, President of PCI Systems Inc., ”it allows SSC in data acquisition, and our backplanes and chassis are the smallest and fastest VPX systems currently on the market. Tightly controlled heat management and many other hardware features are implemented.”

The high speed Gen2/3 cartridge features:

• 6 to 14 slots 3U VPX (any profile) plus Power supply slot

• Modular Backplane, STAR configuration, bus analyzer integrated

• PCIe Gen 3 "noStub" routing

• GPS integrated

• 1Hz GPS clock available on each backplane slot

• Temperature and Humidity sensor integrated

• 3 axis shock sensor and chassis management FPGA integrated

• 8/16 lanes per slot PCIe Gen3

An NDA with PCI Systems Inc is needed to receive full specification details.

PCI-SYSTEMS Inc. develops and manufactures intelligent VPX Systems, cPCI, CPU and peripheral boards as well as advanced mechanical design solutions in the US and Germany for many platforms that provide precision control of robotic and automated equipment in the semiconductor, medical and industrial equipment markets as well as for ruggedized embedded OEM applications in airborne and defense applications.