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T-Frame For CompactPCI System Chassis

Mon, 06/11/2001 - 4:49am
Tracewell Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of its T-Frame for CompactPCI, a highly-configurable 8-slot development system that dramatically cuts engineering time for cPCI-based electronic products. Designed to satisfy the high standards demanded by telecom, military, and aerospace applications, the T-Frame's robust design makes it ideal as a general-purpose system development platform for board-level, software and even production test. Allowing engineers to fully concentrate on product development and system integration.

Open-Access Design Saves Time; Maximizes Confidence in Testing. The T-Frame uses a patented open-frame design that provides direct access to installed boards, without the use of performance robbing extender cards. Elimination of such extraneous hardware means that new systems can be developed and tested with the confidence that results represent real-world performance. Built-in, comprehensive measurement of backplane voltages, current, and exhaust air temperature enable engineers to monitor vital parameters without the time and expense of external data acquisition equipment and programs. The front panel interface displays voltage, current and temperature. Front-panel control includes +5 and +3.3 volt margining.

Versatile Design Handles A Wide Range Of Form Factors: The 8-slot, 64-bit backplane is hot-swap compatible (per PCMIG 2.1), and supports standard 3U or 6U boards. The system slot is left justified to provide full access to the component side of installed boards. The rear I/O card cage is adjustable for 60, 80, or 100mm boards. Power options include single or dual 350 watt plug-in power supplies, allowing hot-swap power simulation, N+1, or 700 watt operation. Power supplies can be installed in either the front or rear card cage, further improving accessibility.

Convenience Features Help Speed Testing and Debugging: A built-in tilt base, removable side access covers, recessed carrying handles, and internal 3.5 inches peripheral bay provide user conveniences that translate into faster, easier system development. The T-Frame is also available in cPCI H.110, VME, and VME64x versions.

Rugged Construction for Long-Term Reliability: T-Frame's steel and aluminum construction make it rugged yet easily portable. The use of a rigid steel cardcage eliminates the flex common to conventional extruded rail designs, and is fully IEEE 1101.10/11 compliant. Dimensions of less than 17 inches H × 16 inches W × 18 inches D (432 × 407 × 458 mm) make the T-Frame for Compact PCI well suited for benchtop use.

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