Elma Rolls Out EcoBox MicroTCA Chassis

Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, has announced an economic MicroTCA system platform in desktop or rackmount formats called the EcoBox[tm]. The chassis opens up MicroTCA to be competitive in more cost-conscious industrial, transportation, enterprise and other applications. The first chassis in the line is a 6-slot single module unit with 1 MCH and 5 AMC slots. Instead of using a MicroTCA Power Module, which can be comparatively expensive, the system platform uses a standard 300W ATX power supply. The IPMI bus for voltage supply and control is integrated on an active backplane.

Elma EcoBox MicroTCA ChassisThe active backplane management includes 3.3V, in-rush current control and over-current protection. This design reduces the costs of having intelligence on each individual FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) such as Cooling Units and Power Modules. As low-cost MCHs (MicroTCA Carrier Hubs) with simplified switching are introduced to the market, the overall system costs can be further reduced. Elma is currently developing a low-cost MCH.

The EcoBox system platform is fully compatible with the MicroTCA specifications. It has been tested with various industry-standard MCHs and AMCs at Interoperability Workshop and in Elma’s labs. The chassis has direct SATA connections and PCIe links integrated on the backplane, which has been optimized via signal integrity studies.

Elma also offers MicroTCA backplanes in Star, Dual Star, and MicroSlim[tm] versions and chassis in 1U, 3U, 4U, 5U, 6U, 7U and 8U heights. Chassis are also available in Cube, MicroSlim, and Ruggedized versions. Elma’s MicroTCA accessories include an AMC Extender Board, AMC Load Board, AMC Air Baffle, and a MicroTCA SerDes Test Module is also planned.

The lead-time is 4 weeks ARO.

About Elma Electronic
Elma Electronic Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of enclosures, backplanes, cabinets, cases, and “ready-to-run” packaging for ATCA, CPCI, MicroTCA, Rugged COTS, VME/64x, VXS, VPX, and custom bus structures.. Elma’s component product line offers a wide selection of top quality switches knobs and LED arrays. The company has been a worldwide supplier of dependable, high performance products for over 35 years. Elma operates three facilities in the continental United States plus has locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Israel. Elma Electronic Inc. is located at 44350 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 USA. Telephone (510) 656-3400 – Fax (510) 656-3783.