New AcroPack Module Carrier from Acromag is Based on PCI Express Mini Card Standard

Press Release Summary:

  • Available for analog I/O, digital I/O, serial communication, FPGA, MIL-STD-1553 and CAN bus
  • Suitable for use in military, aerospace, oilfield and industrial applications where size, weight, and power optimization are required
  • Applications data acquisition and control, test and measurement, simulation, and communication operations

Original Press Release:

New ¾-Length PCI Express Expansion I/O Board Hosts Four Mini PCIe-Based Modules for Short-Depth Rugged Server/Computers

Acromag introduces a new 10-inch AcroPack® module carrier card with four I/O mezzanine slots for smaller mission computers and compact servers with fewer and shorter PCIe expansion bays.

Wixom, MI – July 8, 2019 – Acromag’s newest PCIe carrier card for their family of AcroPack rugged I/O modules is ideal for use in smaller mission computers and servers with reduced-depth expansion slots. The APCe7043 ¾-length PCIe card lets system developers install a mix of up to four I/O function modules in expansion slots that can’t fit a full-size card over 10 inches long. AcroPack I/O modules are based on the PCI Express mini card (mPCIe) standard and available for a wide variety of analog I/O, digital I/O, serial communication, FPGA, MIL-STD-1553, CAN bus, and other functions.

Designed for rugged applications, the AcroPack carrier and I/O modules are well-suited for use in military, aerospace, oilfield and industrial applications where size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimization is required. Common applications include data acquisition & control, test & measurement, simulation, and communication operations.

The APCe7043 expansion board is only ten inches long (3/4-length PCIe) but can interface four plug-in AcroPack mezzanine I/O modules to the computer’s PCI Express bus. Two of the four mezzanine slots have sockets for optional isolated power supplies to support the use of isolated I/O modules. Field I/O signals are routed directly to the AcroPack modules through four 68-pin VHDCI connectors on the faceplate without any loose internal wires.

 “This ¾-length PCIe expansion board offers great I/O versatility when using short-depth mission computers or rugged servers,” explained Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager. “Now when size and weight restrictions impede the ability to use a full-length card, there is a 10-inch alternative to the limited capabilities of a half-length card that still fits in many smaller computer chassis.”

AcroPack mezzanine modules improve on the mini PCI Express architecture by adding a down-facing 100-pin connector that securely routes the I/O through a carrier card to its integrated external connectors thus eliminating internal cables and metalwork modifications. Carrier cards for rack-mount, field-deployable, industrial chassis, desktop, and small mezzanine computing platforms let you combine up to four I/O function modules on a single computer board. More than 25 models are available for data acquisition, signal processing, test & measurement, command/control, and network communication applications. Software tools support embedded applications running on Linux®, Windows®, or VxWorks® operating systems.

About Acromag

Founded in 1957, Acromag, Inc. designs and manufactures high-tech industrial electronics. They are an international corporation headquartered near Detroit, Michigan with a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded computing and I/O solutions including general purpose I/O boards, single-board computers, FPGA modules, embedded computers, COM Express products, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software. Industries served include military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.

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