2017 marks significant changes for PICMG
Last year ended with the loss of Joe Pavlat, who successfully led this organization for over 20 years. He worked with members to establish PICMG as a global leader in open standards for embedded computing. We are grateful for his service and will continue to build and improve the organization he helped found.
The new year marks significant changes for PICMG. As our new president, I am excited to work with our new VP of market-ing, Justin Moll, as well as returning officers Doug Sandy and Michael Munroe, as well as all our 150 member companies and organizations.
For 2017, our key initiatives include modernizing and updating how we distribute our specifications, creating user groups for standards and families, starting a university outreach program, and encouraging collaboration with complementary standards organizations.
PICMG is an international standards organization with members from 15-plus countries, and we continue to experience greater adoption of standards across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. As such, we want to work with all members to facilitate participation in committees and better meet regional technical and promotions expectations.
Active standards work will lead to substantial enhancements of COM Express (0.3 release in Spring), MicroTCA (40G), Space CompactPCI Serial and AdvancedTCA (software design guides). PICMG-based product shipments are positioned for a strong year due to the continued growth of COM Express and adoption of CompactPCI Serial in conjunction with steady adoption of other standards.
We have always been a leading open standards organization, addressing the needs for many markets, including industrial, commercial, medical, military and aerospace, and research. This issue of PICMG Systems and Technology contains five member-contributed articles, which combine to show the depth and breadth of our impact across a diverse set of markets and applications.
Ray Larsen, Andrew Young, and Kay Rehlich, leaders within the physics community, provide an overview of the xTCA specifications, as well as examples of current and future implementations. Already, PICMG has ratified three major hardware specifications and two software guidelines for xTCA for Physics, with three additional software guidelines are expected to be complete in 2017. Due to the strength of the xTCA specifications and robust collaboration among researchers, AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA standards have been selected and adopted by the physics community worldwide.
CompactPCI Serial for Space was created to meet the growing requirements of the commercial space industry. Space CompactPCI Serial extends CompactPCI serial in two key ways: First is the definition of a dual star architecture for increased availability, while the second is an open management bus allowing the integration of different communication protocols common to space applications. The MEN Micro article provides an excellent introduction to this important standard and the industry’s involvement.
Jim Renehan of Trenton Systems provides an overview of SHB Express, one of the first PICMG standards, which continues to be a vital part of the embedded computing landscape. He discusses three different use cases: International Space Station – Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG), a fruit-packing application, and a multisegment system for battlefield intelligence.
Hardware Platform Management (HPM) has been a critical component of AdvancedTCA since the adoption of AdvancedTCA 2002. Mark Overgaard of Pentair, who has led the HPM efforts, presents the evolution of HPM beyond AdvancedTCA to MicroTCA and VPX while illustrating several potential new applications. Advanced performance, robustness, high availability and management benefits of ATCA and its HPM framework make a fine fit for certain defense communications, semiconductor wafer-fabrication machines, cable TV back-end systems, and security subsystems, in addition to high-energy physics applications.
The fifth article, which puts the role and culture of PICMG in perspective, is by Doug Sandy, who has been an active member of PICMG since its founding and CTO since 2009. He explores how PICMG is positioned to continue providing open specifications to the industry in the areas that will benefit most: the Internet of things, industrial automation, aerospace, medical, transportation, physics, and communications
Over a third of PICMG’s members will be exhibiting at Embedded World in March, and the officers will there to support and meet with any members who would like to discuss any aspect of PICMG.
If you are interested in any of the initiatives and activities mentioned, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or all of the officers at email@example.com. Participation and member-driven innovation is the key to our future success.