Routing all I/O off the backplane of a conduction-cooled board is well and good at the deployment stage, but it can be a nightmare during development. PCI-SYSTEMS, the company always innovating something new for VME and its ecosystem, has come up with a set of PCIe cables for OpenVPX. But not just any OpenVPX board: for a conduction-cooled OpenVPX board. Designed to simplify high-speed connectivity to conduction-cooled systems, the cable and companion boards bridge an OpenVPX system to a standard convection-cooled PCIe system.
Available in x4 and x8 PCIe flavors, a PCIe air-cooled expansion board can be cabled to a downstream VPX/OpenVPX system. The cable mates to a companion 3U, conduction-cooled OpenVPX board plugged into a VPX CPU slot. The board is VITA 46 (VPX) compliant and supports Power On/Cable Present modes. There are two PCIe x4 connectors on the 3U board’s front panel.