Product Announcement from Smiths Connectors
PC/104+ is a technology that has met many military needs, whether it be an emerging design or retrofit. Boards based on this form-factor are found throughout the range of embedded computing devices used in military systems, in all services and service branches.
PC/104+'s stackable design eliminates the need for a backplane or a metal card cage. Its pin-and-socket connector style makes it inherently rugged. Its legacy, low power requirements and easy maintenance are attractive to many engineers. PC/104+'s wide vendor base and long-term availability also make the product attractive to procurement specialists that normally rely on "commercial off the shelf" suppliers.
Just as it crossed from commodity to military applications, PC/104+ will soon cross another market boundary into space flight applications. The call from the space flight community requests a higher level of shock and vibration performance.