CompactPCI is establishing itself as a leading bus architecture for embedded systems in telecommunications and industrial control, as well as in the command and control markets. Since its introduction in 1995, it has become the fastest-growing industrial bus architecture. Although the architecture specification has only been available for about three years, CompactPCI has already been enthusiastically adopted by the major OEMs for a large spectrum of equipment.
Next-millenium embedded computers have to deliver outstanding computing performance in the most severe environments. Among the key features are:
• high availability
• ease of maintenance and upgrades
• low power dissipation
This article provides an overview of the benefits of the CompactPCI hardware definition - form factor, computing platform, and highlights - and also covers the unique software support of the PCI bus.