New PMC is out of this world
Space missions aren’t conducted merely for entertainment. Rather, reliable information gathering and transmission are the focus, and Aitech’s S750 rad-hard Layer 2 GbE switch PCI PMC paves the way for smooth data transfer in space. Specifically, the PMC enables Ethernet data to move between the host CPU and GbE NIC endpoints. It can receive and send raw data packets and IPv4 User Datagram Protocol (UDP). And with key function redundancy and onboard memory courtesy of a rad-hard FPGA, the PMC is prepared to fly into Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), the Mars terrestrial realm, or Low Earth Orbit (LEO). And its 10 krad (Si) Total Ionizing Dose (TID) and less than 8 W power consumption help. (Aitech can ramp up the radiation hardness levels if requested.) Married to Aitech’s 3U CompactPCI PowerPC-based S950 SBC, the S750 PMC enables the user to activate managed-switch functions including myriad power-saving choices, port management, and GbE packet transfers that are either dynamically or statically configurable. The union of PMC and SBC harnesses S950’s SDRAM redundancy and onboard flash along with S750’s Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR) – resulting in low latency and high levels of data integrity during transmission.
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