VPX Carrier Cards

By Acromag, Inc.

Acromag's VPX4810 3U VPX carrier cards provide a simple and cost-effective solution for interfacing a PMC or XMC module to a VPX computer system

VPX Carrier Cards


  • These carrier cards route power and interface bus signals to a plug-in mezzanine module through the VPX card slot connector
  • An 8-lane PCIe bus Gen 2 interface enables rapid data throughput
  • By inserting PMC/XMC industrial I/O and configurable FPGA modules from Acromag or other vendors on the carrier
  • Developers can now leverage hundreds of available function modules currently unavailable in a VPX platform
  • Pricing starts at $1600 for an air-cooled version with a 0 to 70°C range
  • Conduction-cooled and REDI models are also available
  • These carriers are ideal for high-performance industrial, defense, scientific research, and telephony systems requiring high-speed I/O
  • “As developers implement the new VPX architecture, they can still enjoy access to a broad range of readily available I/O processing and FPGA computing mezzanine modules," states Joseph Primeau, Acromag's sales and marketing director
  • The VPX4810 supports any standard IEEE-1386.1 module for great flexibility to address I/O signal processing tasks
  • Acromag offers dozens of compatible PMC modules to perform A/D, D/A, digital I/O, and serial communication functions
  • Re-configurable FPGA modules are also available in a PMC or XMC format with multi-lane serial interconnects for high-performance algorithm acceleration and adaptive computing applications
  • The carrier card conforms to VPX VITA 46.0, 46.4 and 46.9 specifications and optionally VITA 48 for Ruggedized Enhanced Design Implementation (REDI)
  • It is also compatible with a number of VITA 65 OpenVPX module/slot profiles
  • 64 I/O lines (P14, VITA 46.9) are supported via the P2 VPX connector
  • Front and rear-panel I/O access can be accommodated
  • The PMC/XMC site uses 64-bit, 66/133MHz PLX technology with a PCIe to PCI-X bridge good for data transfer rates up to 1GB/s
  • Users can select a fat pipe (x4) or double-fat pipe (x8) PCI Express interface by adjusting a jumper

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