Data. Data. Data. It seems like we can’t get enough.
28 Gbps, 56 Gbps, and 112 Gbps serial channel data rates are standard or roadmap options for semiconductor, connector and optical module manufacturers. It’s almost like you need a Bugatti Veyron or Lamborghini Murcielago to get to the drug store in under 3.0 seconds for some cold medicine.
Unless you are some rich Italian playboy, you probably have a sedan, a SUV, or a regular pick-up truck to run your errands.
Likewise, typical industrial applications don’t need to support bleeding edge data rates to spin a motor or monitor a temperature sensor.
Industrial embedded computing applications do require standard connector solutions supporting multiple high speed serial protocols. They also need to provide system flexibility as technology and applications needs change.
VITA 42 XMC: Standardized and Ruggedized
VITA 42 XMC – Express Mezzanine Card – was designed to meet the requirements of high performance systems in rugged environments.
Similar to other VITA standard, VITA 42 specifies the electro-mechanical interface for both carriers and mezzanine cards. The interconnect solution supports various high-speed protocols including:
- Parallel Rapid IO
- Serial Rapid IO
- PCI Express
- General Purpose IO
The XMC Ecosystem continues to expand.
A leading provider of XMC Carrier and Mezzanine cards is Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES). Their growing family of XMC modules use industry standard MCUs while their XMC carriers support various IO options.
One XMC module example is the XPedite6101 which supports multiple processors configurations and a number of I/O and memory options as well.
As with all XMC solutions, the XPedite6101 uses the Samtec SamArray® connector set.
Testing confirms that the SamArray® connector set can perform up to 10 Gbps allowing for even faster speeds in the future.