New ¾-Length PCI Express Expansion I/O Board

New ¾-Length PCI Express Expansion I/O Board Hosts Four Mini PCIe-based Modules for Short-Depth Rugged Server/Computers

Acromag introduces a new 10-inch AcroPack® module carrier card with four I/O mezzanine slots for smaller mission computers and compact servers with fewer and shorter PCIe expansion bays.

New ¾-Length PCI Express Expansion I/O Board Hosts Four Mini PCIe-based Modules for Short-Depth Rugged Server/Computers

Wixom, MI – July 8, 2019: Acromag introduces the newest PCIe carrier card for their AcroPack family of rugged I/O modules; the APCE7043. The 3/4-length card is ideal for use in smaller mission computers and servers with reduced-depth expansion slots. The size of the APCe7043 allows system developers to install up to four I/O function modules in expansion slots that can’t fit cards longer than 10 inches. AcroPack I/O modules are based on the PCI Express mini card (mPCIe) standard. They’re available for a wide variety of functions, including: analog I/O, digital I/O, serial communication, FPGA, MIL-STD-1553, and CAN bus. The AcroPack carrier and I/O modules are designed for rugged applications, making them ideal for use in military, aerospace, oilfield and industrial applications where size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimization is required.

Designed for Rugged Applications

The AcroPack carrier and I/O modules are designed for rugged applications, making them ideal for use in military, aerospace, oilfield and industrial applications where size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimization is required.

Common applications include:

  • data acquisition and control
  • test and measurement
  • simulation
  • communication operations

The APCe7043 expansion board is only ten inches long (3/4-length PCIe). It can interface four plug-in AcroPack mezzanine I/O modules to the computer’s PCI Express bus. Two of the four mezzanine slots have sockets for optional isolated power supplies; supporting the use of isolated I/O modules. Field I/O signals are routed directly to the AcroPack modules through four 68-pin VHDCI connectors on the faceplate. This is done without any loose internal wires.

“This ¾-length PCIe expansion board offers great I/O versatility when using short-depth mission computers or rugged servers,” explained Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager. “Now when size and weight restrictions impede the ability to use a full-length card, there’s a ten-inch alternative to the limited capabilities of a half-length card that still fits in many smaller computer chassis.”

About AcroPacks

AcroPack mezzanine modules improve on the mini PCI Express by adding a down-facing 100-pin connector that securely routes the I/O through a carrier card to its integrated external connectors. This results in the elimination of internal cables and metalwork modifications. Carrier cards for rack-mount, field-deployable, industrial chassis, desktop, and small mezzanine computing platforms let you combine up to four I/O function modules on one computer board. More than 25 models are available for data acquisition, signal processing, test & measurement, command/control, and network communication applications. Software tools support embedded applications running on Linux®, Windows®, or VxWorks® operating systems.

About Acromag

Founded in 1957, Acromag, Inc. designs and manufactures high-tech industrial electronics. An international corporation headquartered near Detroit, Michigan with a global network of sales representatives and distributors, Acromag offers a complete line of embedded computing and I/O solutions. These lines include; general purpose I/O boards, single-board computers, FPGA modules, embedded computers, COM Express products, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software. Industries served include military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.

For more information about Acromag products, call Inside Sales at (248) 295-0310 or Marketing Communications at (248) 295-0866.

AcroPack is a registered trademark of Acromag, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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