GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces Rugged 6U VPX XMC Carrier Card For Sophisticated High Performance Systems

PEX441 offers excellent thermal performance, enables power densities up to 30 watts/XMC

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces Rugged 6U VPX XMC Carrier Card For Sophisticated High Performance Systems
  • Optimum heat/power dissipation allows high functional density
  • Five build levels maximize cost-effectiveness
  • Switched fabric layer agnostic for design flexibility
Charlottesville, va, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009    GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the PEX441 Rugged 6U VPX XMC Carrier Card. Designed to enable system architects and integrators to include a broad range of high performance XMCs in their designs, the PEX441 is specifically optimized for excellent thermal performance, with the capability to enable power densities of up to 30 watts per XMC. One or two XMCs can be accommodated. Typical XMC applications will include system I/O, FPGA processing, graphics and digital/analog and analog/digital interfaces. 
The PEX441 supports a broad range of flexible I/O options, allowing systems designers a choice of switched fabric topology.
“High performance mezzanine cards are becoming increasingly prevalent as designers look to create sophisticated systems that are extremely functionality-dense,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “However, this density creates problems with managing power and heat dissipation – a key design issue – if  maximum reliability is to be achieved. The PEX441 addresses this requirement by supporting the use of high performance XMCs on a carrier card that can cater for challenging power densities.”
The PEX441 is available in five build levels, providing a cost-effective choice between platforms for benign environments through to systems that will be deployed in harsh environments. It is optionally compliant with the VITA 48/REDI specification for rugged systems.   
Designed to support leading edge XMCs such as GE Fanuc’s Xilinx® Virtex™-5 based XMCV5, the PEX441 allows system designers to migrate their XMC laboratory systems to a rugged, deployable 6U VPX form factor in order to exploit the full complement of high speed digital I/O available through a standard VPX backplane. It extends the functional envelope of a 6U VPX system by leveraging an array of GE Fanuc- or customer proprietary XMC modules into a distributed, fabric-based architecture,  removing the need to host high power mezzanines on high power CPU cards.  Thermal load can be spread across multiple system slots for both air- and conduction cooled applications supporting high compute density.
The PEX441 is part of a growing GE Fanuc 6U VPX product family that includes the SBC610 and SBC620 single board computers, the DSP230 quad processor and AXIS, the Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment. For systems that require both  PMC and XMC support GE Fanuc offers the PEX440 which includes an on-board PCIe switch architecture with connection to the primary fabric plane.
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