MicroTCA/AMC

Originally developed as a spinoff of the ATCA architecture and intended for smaller carrier-grade deployments, MicroTCA (MTCA, uTCA or µTCA) technology has now been deployed in multiple industries.  Especially Military/Aerospace has been broadly adopting MTCA.  These applications usually require high bandwidth data communication, high speed data processing and scalability. 

 

One of the essential elements of MicroTCA, the AdvancedMC module or AMC, has also been adapted for use in other architectures and in custom systems. With an unparalleled collection of IP building blocks, VadaTech specializes in optimizing solutions for customers regardless of the form factor and has helped many customers solve complex computing challenges based on open-standards AMC technology. 

 

Widely recognized as the market leader in MicroTCA, VadaTech’s focus is on creating solutions based on µTCA building blocks that are tailored to the specific needs of our customers and their wide range of applications. That means we have arguably the widest range of standard MicroTCA products in the industry, with a wide array of chassis, processor, data acquisition (AD/DA), FPGA and carrier modules and more.  VadaTech’s technology building blocks enable customers to put together a field proven deployable system.

 

Learn more about the MicroTCA architecture in this VadaTech white paper.

Where is MicroTCA deployed today?

 

Military/Aerospace Applications

  • Signal processing
  • RADAR / SONAR systems
  • SIG-INT/COMINT/ELINT systems
  • C4ISR/electronic warfare systems

 

High Energy Physics

  • Particle accelerators & colliders 

 

Medical, Industrial & Communications 

  • Mobile edge computing (MEC)
  • Network packet analyzers
  • Oil & gas exploration
  • Geomatics
  • Production Control
  • Digital image/video processing
  • Enterprise/industrial data processing
  • Transportation

Switches

VadaTech offers a suite of 8-14 port Layer 2 & 3 switches in the AMC form factor with GbE or 10GbE versions. We have TelNet and HTTP protocol options, a rich set of Layer 2 & 3 managed software and several front panel interface options including RS-232, SFP+, SFP, RJ-45, and more.

 

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Processors

VadaTech offers the latest high performance processors in the AdvancedMC (AMC) form factor, including Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™, Freescale QorIQ, Cavium OCTEON and Tilera devices. Our fat pipe/fabric options include PCIe 10GbE XAUI, SRIO, and a fabric mix.

 

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Chassis

We have over 50 different MicroTCA chassis in our portfolio, ranging from bench-top or rackmount cubes, MicroTCA.4 systems and rugged COTS ATR to low profile (1U) 19-inch rackmount systems with ruggedization options.

 

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MCH & Shelf Management

Our range of air or conduction-cooled MCHs are now in their third generation, with options up to 40GbE speeds, and a jitter and clock cleaner for improved signal performance. These products are on active duty, deployed in a wide variety of applications such as radar signal processing, data recording, C4ISR and naval towed array. We have developed key new features, such as Battle Short and Cold Start, which are typically not required in commercial environments, to address the harsh conditions faced by soldiers, sailors and pilots. Our robust Carrier Manager and Shelf Management software has been deployed for years with proven results. We also offer an IPMI Controller reference schematic as a complete hardware and software solution as a quick way for you to develop for the AMC and MicroTCA form factor without prior IPMI knowledge.

 

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FPGA/FMC Carriers

Our AMC FPGA modules feature Altera Stratix IV, Altera Stratix V, Xilinx Virtex-5, Xilinx Virtex-6, Xilinx Zynq, Xilinx Artix, Xilinx Virtex-7 and Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGAs. We also offer a range of carriers that can accommodate standard FMCs featuring FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx, including the new Xilinx UltraScale family.

 

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A/D & D/A

VadaTech has one of the most extensive portfolios of A/D and D/A converters in the industry, in a range of form factors and a variety of channel and sampling rate options to meet all your data acquisition needs. Our ADC and DAC are widely used in high energy physics, military, aerospace and industrial applications thanks to variants based on MicroTCA.4, MicroTCA.0, MicroTCA.1, FMC, VME/VXS and AdvancedTCA (ATCA).

 

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Graphics

Designed to meet the high performance and real-world graphics needs of military, industrial and telecom equipment manufacturers, VadaTech’s AdvancedMC (AMC) graphics modules feature specialized processors from ATI or Silicon Motion and offer DVI, VGA and HDMI options. Our portfolio ranges from very simple and cost-effective graphic interface modules to one of the fastest and most advanced, high-performance 2D and 3D graphics processors available for the AMC embedded market, as well as video driver modules.

 

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Network Interface

VadaTech's Multi-port, quad-port, dual-port Network Interface Cards (NICs) come in PCIe and XAUI fat pipe mapping configurations with various connector interfaces. Our wireless access AMCs have been developed to provide seamless Wi-Fi capability to your MicroTCA system.

 

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Carriers

VadaTech carriers are available in a wide range of mezzanine styles and formats, including versions to enable you to adapt different buses and architectures. Our AdvancedMC (AMC) carrier modules can accommodate FMCs featuring FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx. We also offer carriers for XMC/PMC/PrPMC and PCIe add-on cards.

 

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Storage

VadaTech has a wide range of storage modules for MicroTCA systems and other systems than can accommodate the AdvancedMC (AMC) form factor with options up to SAS-3 and SATA III, RAID controllers and JBOD AMCs with up to 8 mSATA SSDs on a single module.

 

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Digital and Serial I/O

VadaTech's multi-port, quad-port, dual-port Network Interface Cards (NICs) come in PCIe and XAUI fat pipe mapping configurations with various connector interfaces. Our wireless access AMCs have been developed to provide seamless Wi-Fi capability to your MicroTCA system.

 

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Power Modules

VadaTech offers the highest performance density AC or DC input power modules with up to 95% power efficiency in single module and double module variants to accommodate different power needs. We also offer specialty modules such as extended full, block format for specific chassis types.

 

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Development

VadaTech has developed a range of unique products to accelerate your development, simplify your testing and enable you and your customers to deploy smoothly. We have a range of AMCs to provide load testing, IPMI development and breakout for the clocks. VT072 enables a single AMC to be powered for testing and development.

 

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Clock and GPS Modules

VadaTech offers a range of clock and GPS modules, up to Time and Frequency AMCs with on-board GPS accepting GPS, IRIG and 1PPS signals to discipline the local oscillator. Disciplined clocks can be output to TCLKA / TCLKB / TCLKC / TCLKD backplane channels, or backplane clocks can be routed to front panel for multi-shelf applications. Advanced features include backup battery or SuperCap for non-volatile storage of the Almanac, Ephemeris, and Last position data to enable rapid “warm start” re-acquisition.

 

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Filler Panels & Accessories

VadaTech offers a range of air baffles and filler panels for MicroTCA systems, including an innovative filler panel for single or double module slots that allows you to control the angle of the airflow baffle depending on your airflow analysis.

 

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