PCIe Expansion Board for short depth embedded computers

APCe8775 PCI Express Expansion or Carrier Card

Looking for a simple and a cost effective PCIe Expansion Board solution? One that allows a PC to communicate with an XMC mezzanine module over a PCI Express (PCIe) bus?

The Acromag APCe8775 Carrier Card offers this solution.  It allows developers to insert an Acromag FPGA module or other XMC Module onto the carrier card so that it can perform various signal processing functions.

The advantage of the APCe8775 Carrier Card includes:

  • It’s a ¾ length PCIe card.  Perfect for use in small, embedded computers and servers with reduced depth expansion slots.
  • It contains low profile fans.  Which ultimately cool the XMC Mezzanine Module in the single slot.
  • The carrier’s PCIe x 8 interface supports up to eight serial lanes for rapid data transfer between the plug in XMC module and host computer.

Overall, it makes these carriers for use in high performance Defence and Scientific Research Computing Systems.  They assist in helping test advanced Defence and Aerospace Systems on rugged computing platforms such as VME, VPX or cPCI.

It also contains rear I/O connectors.  These provide high speed serial interfaces between neighbouring carrier boards using XAUI or Aurora protocols.  A MD68 port and two Samtec QPairs connectors simplify board to board connections with SCSI-3 or Twinax cables to left and right adjacent carrier cards.

Did you know that one XMC socket interfaces up to eight serial I/O lanes to the carrier’s PCIe x8 edge connector? The other XMC socket routes to a pair of 4-lane serial ports.  This provides board to board connections which support five high speed (5Gb/s) transmit/receive differential or LVDS pairs.  Plus a 64-pin XMC P4 rear I/O socket routes 32 LVDS I/O to a SCSI port for additional board to board communication.

Acromag offer a variety of XMC FPGA modules with configurable logic elements.  Such as algorithm acceleration, DSP, communication and adaptive computing functions.  Typical applications include image processing, simulation, protocol conversion, signal intelligence and in circuit diagnostics.

Also the software development tools include VxWorks, Linux and Windows environments.  The function libraries provide example routines or DLL driver support with C source code to save time.

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