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Elma Intros Backplane

FREMONT, Calif. -- Elma Bustronic Corporation, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes has developed a new 4-slot CompactPCI Express (EXP0) backplane.

Based on the new PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturer's Group) specification, the EXP0 backplane has several key features. The Elma Bustronic design contains a system slot, one Type 1 slot, and two Type 2 slots. The 4-slot backplane has a 10-layer stripline design. The high performance capability of the new CompactPCI architecture makes possible performance levels that will support such features as a new generation of video graphic capability. The backward compatibility to CompactPCI and the wealth of user available backplane I/O of the P3, P4 and P5 connectors will allow many new specialized applications to be supported while continuing to support all existing card designs.

CompactPCI Express supports the next generation Intel PCI Express architecture in the familiar 6U-160 Eurocard form factor. It connects cards via a serial point-to-point bus with a read-only bandwidth of up to (16x) 2.5 Gigabits/second or (8x) 2.5 Gigabits/second full duplex bandwidth. CompactPCI Express provides support for several different card for factors with connectivity in 1x, 2x 4x, and 8x increments. Each link represents one full duplex 2.5 Gigabit/second interconnect path. The support of legacy 32 or 64 bit CompactPCI boards is accomplished by a PCIe-to-PCI bridge. CompactPCI boards of 33MHz, 66MHz, or 133MHz are possible. Because the CompactPCI Express architecture continues to support the P3, P4 and P5 in all 6U slot types, CompactPCI Express can continue to support for all existing CompactPCI secondary architectures such as PICMG 2.5, 2.20, 2.16, 2.17 and 2.18 either as functions on native CompactPCI Express cards or as legacy cards in the original CompactPCI form.

Elma Bustronic Corp.

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