PICMG 2.30 CompactPCI PlusIO Specification Adopted

MEN Micro announces its support for the recently adopted PICMG 2.30 specification, called CompactPCI PlusIO.

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AMBLER, Pa. January 2010 – MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, announces its support for the recently adopted PICMG 2.30 specification, called CompactPCI PlusIO.

This new specification adds PCI Express, Ethernet, SATA, SAS and USB extensions to the CompactPCI family of specifications, while preserving PCI bus connectivity. The specification defines the use of previously reserved rear I/O pins for the 64-bit CompactPCI system slot with new high-speed serial signals to preserve interoperability with existing CompactPCI standards.

MEN Micro’s technical director and head of the PICMG working group, Manfred Schmitz, noted “Developments such as the PICMG 2.30 specification enable the large community of existing CompactPCI users to retain their initial investments, while upgrading their systems to perform in accordance with evolving market needs. CompactPCI is a very cost-effective technology that provides exceptional functionality, especially with the incorporation of serial busses.”

"This is an important technical addition to CompactPCI," said Doug Sandy, vice president of technology for PICMG, "as it allows the use of advanced serialized busses found within all modern computer architectures for the embedded markets where CompactPCI is widely used. This avoids 'forklift upgrades’, while providing a clear path to today’s higher performance silicon."

CompactPCI was initially ratified as PICMG 2.0 in 1995. As a passive backplane system based on PCI signaling, it defined compute and peripheral nodes using 3U and 6U Eurocard form factors. Over the 14 year history of CompactPCI, PICMG has added subsidiary specifications to enhance functionality, and PICMG 2.30 represents the latest addition of these specifications.

For additional information, visit www.menmicro.com/products/about-compactpci-seri[...] or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail: [email protected]

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Founded in 1994 as the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, PICMG is a consortium of over 250 companies that collaboratively develops open specifications for high performance telecommunications, military and industrial computing applications.

For information about PICMG membership, or to find out how to obtain PICMG specifications, visit the PICMG website at www.picmg.org or call PICMG headquarters at (781) 246-9318.

About MEN Micro Inc.

Since 1982, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom board-level solutions used throughout industrial embedded applications and harsh environments.

The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions that employ the highest technology and innovations. In addition, MEN Micro offers exceptional custom development and environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. The company’s standard product range contains more than 100 different computer boards and systems with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software based on different PowerPC and Pentium platforms.

The company has more than 200 employees and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.