PICMG 1.3 2U Butterfly Backplane for PCI Express Gen 2 System Designs

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A 2U Butterfly Backplane for PICMG 1.3-based system designs boasts comprehensive PCI Express Gen 2 support in the smallest of spaces. Compared to competing custom solutions, the PICMG 1.3-compliant standard xPB-6E5PO from Kontron offers a more cost-effective and fast system design using COTS components, ultimately helping to accelerate OEMs’ time-to-market and reducing total cost of ownership.

With PCI Express Gen 2 support, the xPB-6E5PO is designed for highest throughput (5.0 GT/s) with the latest frame grabbers, graphics and network cards. The space-saving butterfly backplane was developed for image processing, gaming and infotainment as well as networking applications. Via standard graphics cards, the high-speed backplane can provide, for example, 10 displays with different video signals. With high-end components, control of up to 40 monitors—each with different content—is possible. In the same way, very fast image processing systems with multiple frame grabbers and graphics cards or ultra-bandwidth routers with integrated firewall and 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet for upstream and downstream can be implemented.

For expansion ports, the new backplane offers 1 x PEG (PCIe x16), 1 x PCIe x8 and 3 x PCIe x4 as well as the PICMG 1.3 slot for the system host board (SHB). Connections for 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x SATA and 1 x LAN are included in the interface offerings of the new Kontron PICMG 1.3 backplane. To be able to support multiple PCI Express Gen 2 interfaces with any standard PICMG 1.3 module, an integrated non-blocking switch links four PCIe slots to the PCI x16 interface of the system host board. 

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