Michael Thompson, Pentair Electronics Protection
A common criticism of MicroTCA is that the specifications' extensive management provisions add excess cost that price the platforms out of many applications. Here, Michael Thompson of Pentair Equipment Protection explains how you can bend the rules of MicroTCA to develop compliant systems without breaking the bank.
Since its introduction, AdvancedTCA (ATCA) has seen success in many markets, such as telecom, military, networking, video distribution, and datacenters. Over the past several years the specification has been updated to meet changing market needs. The most significant changes were increased power for each board, increased cooling capability, and increased speed of the data transport fabric on the backplane. Now there is market demand for even more improvement, including increased available board space, increased power, and lower cost for systems used in the datacenter market.