MicroTCA Backplane features Pico style format.

Press Release Summary:

Designed for 1U MicroTCA enclosure solution, Bustronic Pico backplane features compact size to save vertical rack space. It offers Star topology with 1 MCH and 1 power module, as well as connections for JSM (J-Tag Switch Module) used for diagnostics and AMC slots which are available in single width/mid size. Backplane features 20-layer controlled impedance stripline design, and includes compression-mount style connector which facilitates routing.

Original Press Release:

Bustronic Announces Pico-Style MicroTCA Backplanes

FREMONT, California, March 03, 2008 - Elma Bustronic Corporation, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes has announced new MicroTCA backplanes in the Pico style format. The first Pico backplane has been designed for sister-company Elma Electronic's 1U MicroTCA enclosure solution.

The Pico format for MicroTCA is typically in a horizontally mounted chassis. The compact size saves vertical rack space. The Bustronic Pico backplanes will typically have a Star topology, with one MCH and one Power Module. The rest of the slots will allow for AMC modules in various sizes. The version for the 1U MicroTCA also has connections for a JSM (J-Tag Switch Module) used for diagnostics and the AMC slots are in the single width/mid size.

The backplane features a 20-layer controlled impedance stripline design. Bustronic uses the compression-mount style connector, which facilitates easier routing. Further, as the connector is mounted to the backplane with screws, it can be easily replaced if damaged.

Bustronic also offers MicroTCA backplanes in both Star and Dual Star topologies and in Cube and Subrack formats.

The lead-time is 4-6 weeks ARO.


Founded in 1989, Elma Bustronic specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance backplanes. Elma Bustronic has a complete line of industry-standard backplanes, including CompactPCI, VME, VME64x, H.110 CT, VXI, VXS, and ATCA. Elma Bustronic's custom design service combines creative engineering, highly sophisticated computer simulation and modern design techniques to offer customized backplanes that meet the most specialized system requirements. A member of the ELMA Electronic group, Elma Bustronic is located in Fremont, California. Elma Bustronic is a member of PICMG*, VITA, and the StarFabric Trade Association and can be found on the World Wide Web at Elma Bustronic.com.

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