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Extender Type:

Extender Height:

Extender Length:

Technology:

Form Factor:

Operating System:

On-board current to voltage converters?

Ejector / Injector Latches?

On-board 3.3 V Regulators?

5 V to 3.3 V Translators?

Short Circuit Protection?

Hot swappable?

Logic Analyzer Port?

EMI/RFI Shielding Support?

Card is CE / FCC Certified?

Help with VME, VPX, and VXI Extenders specifications:

Basic Extender Specifications Extenders are boards used to improve or extend the functions of the standard VME /VXI cards.
   Extender Type:       
   Your choices are...         
   Test Extender       Test extenders are cards designed to bring a circuit board completely out of the chassis, the card cage, or the enclosure in order to perform tests on it or to debug it. Extenders substantially increase testing space.  They are also known as passive extenders. 
   Hot Swap Extender       Hot swap extenders allow a standard VME / VXI card to be inserted and removed from a working VME / VXI system without disturbing the normal operation or without damaging the system or the board. 
   Form Factor Extender       Form factor extenders allow boards of different depths to be used in the same depth card cage or chassis. For example, a 60mm board fitted with a 160mm form factor extender may plug into a system designed for 220mm deep boards. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary extender types. 
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   Extender Height:      The extender height is given in "U"s.
   Your choices are...         
   3U       3U: A card with a height of 100mm. 
   6U       6U: A card with a height of 233mm. 
   9U       9U: A card with a height of 360mm. 
   Other       Other unlisted extender height (e.g., 12U) 
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   Extender Length:      The length of a card normally is given in millimeters (mm).
   Your choices are...         
   60 mm       The extender length is 60 mm. 
   120 mm       The extender length is 120 mm. 
   160 mm       The extender length is 160 mm. 
   240 mm       The extender length is 240 mm. 
   400 mm       The extender length is 400 mm. 
   Other       Other unlisted extender length. 
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System / Form Factor
   Technology:      See table at the end of this help module.
   Your choices are...         
   VMEbus       The original VMEbus specification (IEEE-1014-1987). Some features:
  • Asynchronous transfer
  • Addressing range between 16 and 32-bits
  • Data path widths: between 8 and 32-bits
  • Bandwidth: 40 MBps
 
   VME64       VME64 is a mechanical and electrical superset of the original VMEbus specification (IEEE-1014-1987). Some new features:
  • Asynchronous transfer
  • Addressing range between 16 and 40-bits
  • Data path widths: between 8 and 64-bits
  • Bandwidth: 80 MBps
 
   VME64x       The VME64 Extensions (VME64x) specifications were adopted in 1997 by the VITA (VMEbus International Trade Association) Standards Organization (VSO). This new standard adds new capabilities to the VME64 bus:
  • A new 160-pin connector family
  • 3.3 V power supply pins
  • Bandwidth: up to 160 MBps
  • Injector / ejector locking handles
  • Live insertion (hot-swap capability)
 
   VME160       VME160 is a version of the VME320 standard. The VME320 can transfer data from 320 MBps to over 500 MBps. The VME160 is the 160 MBps version. 
   VME320       VME320, a new modified VMEbus architecture, was developed in 1997 by Arizona Digital, Inc. Some features:
  • Allows synchronous data transmission
  • Bandwidth range: from 320 MBps to over 500 MBps
  • Also comes in 160 MBps version
 
   VPX       VPX (aka VITA 46) is an ANSI standard based on the VME bus with support for switched fabric using a high speed connector. 
   VXITM Compliant       VXITM (VMEbus eXtensions for Instrumentation) is a platform trademarked by National Instruments and a Consortium of other companies in order to define a multivendor instrument-on-a-card standard for industrial applications.  The VXIbus specifications combine the VMEbus with the popular GPIB to create a modular instrumentation platform to meet the needs of instrumentation applications. 
   Other       Other unlisted technology types. 
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   Form Factor:      Card format is given in terms of (height x length). The height is expressed in units of 'U', and the length in mm (millimeters). The most popular heights are:
  • 3U = 100mm
  • 6U = 233mm
  • 9U = 360mm    (Not part of the VMEbus specifications)
The VMEbus specifications recognize two types of cards: A single height board, also known simply as a 3U card, is 100mm x 160mm with one 96 pin DIN connector (the P1 connector) on the rear that plugs into the backplane.  A double height board, also known as a 6U card, is 233mm x 160mm and may have a second 96 pin DIN connector (the P2 connector). There are 9U boards in existence but they are not part of the VMEbus specification. For VXI systems the cards are referenced by assigning a letter to the card: Size A, Size B, Size C, etc. VME systems reference the card by naming the height and the length: 3U x 160mm, 6U x 340mm, etc. The front edge (width) of a typical board is 20mm wide and may incorporate connectors, indicator lights and switches. (See table at the end of this help module.)
   Your choices are...         
   3U x 160 mm (Size A)       Size A cards have a height of 100 mm (3U) and a length of 160 mm. 
   6U x 160 mm (Size B)       Size B cards have a height of 233 mm (6U) and a length of 160 mm. 
   6U x 340 mm (Size C)       Size C cards have a height of 233 mm (6U) and a length of 340 mm. 
   9U x 340 mm (Size D)       Size D cards have a height of 360 mm (9U) and a length of 340 mm. 
   9U x 400 mm       Cards have a height of 360 mm and a length of 400 mm.  
   Other       Other unlisted form factor. 
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   Tables:         
   VMEbus Data transfer Speeds      

VMEbus Data Transfer Speeds

Bus

Maximum Speed

VMEbus

40 MBps

VME64

80 MBps

VME64x

160 MBps

VME160

160 MBps

VME320

320 to over 500 MBps

 
   Card Form Factors (Sizes):     

VME / VXI Card Form Factors (sizes)

Height

Length (mm)

VXI Name

VME Name

3U

160

Size A or 3U x 160mm

3U (Eurocard)

6U

160

Size B or 6U x 160mm

6U (Eurocard)

6U

340

Size C or 6U x 340mm

6U x 340mm

9U

340

Size D or 9U x340mm

9U x 340mm

9U

400

9U x 400mm

9U x 400mm

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Operating System Support
   Operating System:       
   Your choices are...         
   DOS       Disk operating system (DOS®) is a command-line operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. 
   Windows® 95/98       Operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. 
   Windows® NT       Operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. 
   Windows® 2000       Operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. 
   Windows® XP       Operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. 
   Linux®       An open-source implementation of UNIX used on many platforms, including Intel-based PCs, Macintosh, SPARCTM workstations, etc. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. 
   SolarisTM       SolarisTM is a Unix-based operating environment that includes the SunOSTM operating system.  Solaris and SunOS are trademarks of Sun Microsystems. 
   QNX®       QNX® is a microcomputer operating system which is especially useful for controlling real-time operations. This includes things like assembly lines, position monitors, chemical plants, and industrial robots. 
   VxWorks®       A real time operating system (RTOS) from Wind River Systems. 
   LynxOS®       LynxOS® is a real-time operating system (RTOS) based on the open source Linux OS.  Developed by LynuxWorks, it is used extensively in embedded systems. 
   None       The device comes without any operating system support. 
   Other       Other unlisted operating system such as MAC OS, RTX, Embedded NT, Embedded Linux, pSOS+, etc. 
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Other Specifications
   On-board current to voltage converters?       These converters allow current to be measured for the +5 V, +12 V, and 3.3 V terminals by using a voltmeter. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Ejector / Injector Latches?       These latches allow the extender board to lock into the chassis or cage card. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   On-board 3.3 V Regulators?       Voltage regulator that will ensure a constant 3.3 V, for cards that require it. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   5 V to 3.3 V Translators?       This feature allows the testing of 3.3-volt cards on 5-volt systems. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Short Circuit Protection?       Feature to protect the system in case there is short circuit condition, or a current surge. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Hot swappable?       The board can be inserted into a running system without disturbing the performance of the system. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Logic Analyzer Port?       Ports where a logic analyzer can be connect to troubleshoot and analyze the system. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   EMI/RFI Shielding Support?       Shielding protection against Electromagnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Card is CE / FCC Certified?       The card conforms with the U.S. requirements of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and with the European CE Marking (Conformite Europeene or European Conformity) system, which is helpful for exports to the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA). 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
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