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New Carrier Cards Bring Significant I/O Flexibility at Reduced Cost


New Carrier Cards from Abaco Systems Bring Significant I/O Flexibility at Reduced Cost

• XMC, 3U VPX carrier cards eliminate need for costly, time-consuming custom I/O development
• Enable reduction in slot usage for small, SWaP-sensitive systems
• Bring new level of capability, availability to mission ready systems

Abaco Systems introduced the innovative MMS8010 Micro Mezzanine System™ (MMS) rugged 3U VPX carrier card and MMS6245 XMC carrier card. They are designed to enable customers to achieve ultimate flexibility in configuring the broad range of mixed signal I/O typically required by today’s advanced embedded systems while minimizing chassis slot occupancy, and thus minimizing the size, weight and power (SWaP) of the deployed system.

Both new products, which significantly strengthen Abaco’s mission ready systems capability, can also eliminate the need to develop custom I/O solutions, reducing cost, risk and time to deployment.

Abaco’s patented MMS system can deliver a broad range of serial protocols, digital I/O, audio and analog interfaces via an extensive choice of Electrical Conversion Modules (ECMs). Up to six ECMs can be mounted on the MMS8010 3U VPX carrier, while the MMS6245 XMC can host up to four ECMs. ECMs can also be mounted on PMCs, such as the MMS5918, giving significant flexibility in configuring the optimum solution for almost any system.

A typically challenging application requirement such as a modern radar DSP subsystem, with its requirement for the fastest analog and FPGA technology, may also require mixed I/O functions such as four serial channels, two analog measurement channels and 16 digital channels. Prior to the launch of the MMS8010 and MMS6245, this would have required either several cards to be configured, using precious chassis slots, or a custom solution to be developed – requiring the investment of time and money.

The MMS8010 is a 3U VPX COTS solution that is readily deliverable, at lower cost and that will enhance the characteristics of the deployed system. The MMS6245 offers the same benefits in the XMC form factor and allows I/O to be brought very close to the CPU when combined with a single board computer.

“The MMS8010 and MMS6245 deliver all the benefits of a custom-developed solution in terms of providing an exact match for the application’s requirements – and all the cost, time and availability benefits of a COTS solution,” said Mrinal Iyengar, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “No other vendor can provide this degree of ‘building block’ flexibility in rugged I/O.”

The MMS8010 is offered in both a VITA 48.1 air-cooled configuration as well as a VITA 48.2 conduction cooled configuration, allowing customers to easily move from development to deployment with a common set of hardware. The MMS6245 is available as a convection cooled solution.

The MMS8010 is VITA 65 compliant and maps the 96 user-configurable pins to VPX backplane signals. The MMS6245 is VITA 42.3 compliant and maps the 64 user-configurable pins to the front panel via a 68-pin SCSI style connector. Both come pre-loaded with a default FPGA image compiled in Quartus Prime from Altera® with Qsys providing the interconnection between the Avalon bus IP components within the FPGA. The FPGA is effectively the engine for the carrier, orchestrating processing and I/O functions for the installed ECMs.

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