In a similar venue, the PMC mezzanine card, became the dominant architecture for mezzanine I/O in VMEbus-based embedded systems. PMC was successfully adopted for both commercial and government electronic systems. In the following years, important extensions to the PMC standard included ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions for severe environments and the adoption of the processor PMC specification. With the adaption of gigabit serial interfaces, XMC, a natural extension of that technology to PMC modules, followed soon.
Recently updated to its 6th Edition, this handbook reviews the development of switched gigabit serial fabrics to enhance the VMEbus and PMC mezzanines; the role of FPGAs to implement this technology; and finally, how some of the latest VXS, XMC, PCIe, OpenVPX, and AMC products can be used in high-speed data acquisition, recording and software radio systems.