Integrating desktop technologies into embedded systems

Desktop technologies, originally developed for personal computers, are now being evaluated for use in demanding embedded applications such as telecommunications, industrial automation, data acquisition and control applications. Unfortunately, their use in these new application areas has been limited by such factors as inadequate provisions for thermal dissipation as well as shock and vibration tolerance, and lack of serviceability. CompactPCI addresses each one of these critical shortcomings by combining the PCI interface standard, Eurocard Rack standard and the pin-and-socket connector standards into a rugged, reliable, and modular architecture.

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