Elma Expands CompacFrame Family

October 5, 2021

Elma Electronic Inc. is expanding its series of development platforms to include the 3U VPX mid-range CompacFrame that features up to eight slots. This larger platform is designed to accelerate the testing and development of plug-in cards (PICs) based on The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA), Edition 1.0, or any OpenVPX backplane.

News release photo of 6 and 8 slot CompacFrame development platforms with 6 or 8 slot SOSA aligned backplanes

“Now that the 1.0 release has been published, we expect to see an increased need for development systems aligned with the SOSA Technical Standard, said Ram Rajan, Sr. VP of Engineering with Elma Electronic Inc. “Developers will need a platform that offers easy access to test and design systems to meet Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) initiatives. The better viewing angle and large number of slots in the mid-range CompacFrame puts this functionality at their fingertips.”

This lightweight unit, available with either a 6- or an 8-slot backplane, is tilted upwards by 5 degrees for better viewing and card access. The user front panel interface is designed for easy access and includes voltage LEDs, monitoring and test points as well as reset and power switches. An integrated carrying handle ensures portability.

The midrange CompacFrame features a 1,400 W ATX-style PSU to power up to the OpenVPX cards or SOSA PICs and an SMA connector for PNT (timing) card.

The unit is equipped to accommodate various combinations of plug-in card cooling schemes, including VITA 48.1 convection, VITA 48.2 conduction and VITA 48.8 air flow-through (AFT) method. An optional rear accessible VITA 46.11 compliant Chassis Manager is available on all units for board diagnostics.


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