As an emerging universal standard, the CompactPCI® bus is a modular solution for configuring industrial grade PC systems. While offering similar flexibility and performance compared to the well known VMEbus boards, considerable savings in software development costs can be achieved due to the total compatibility with the desktop PC standard.

CompactPCI® printed circuit boards are single or double size Eurocards, thus allowing 19-inch industrial rack mounting technology for professional packaging.
Todays market is offering a broad variety of CPCI I/O solutions. However, in some cases the system integrator needs a special function available on a proprietary PCI card only.

EKF now offers a solution to this problem: The CA1-FUSION is a carrier board, allowing the operation of virtually any standard (desktop) PCI card in a CompactPCI® system. The CA1-FUSION acts as a PCI bridge for this, being electrically as well as mechanically a perfectly smooth interface between the worlds of PCI and CompactPCI®.
A major goal to be solved was the fastening of the PCI card on the CA1-FUSION carrier board in a reliable manner, withstanding mechanical shock and vibrations. PCI cards sized up to 160x106mm find their place in the slot 1 socket (see figure above). Using this mounting place, the bracket of the PCI board is fixed directly behind the CA1-FUSION double width front panel. An extrusion allows access to the connectors of the PCI board, which is fixed to the CA1-FUSION carrier board by a single screw, locked to the front panel.

The majority of the commercially available PCI hostadapters (e.g. graphics-, Ethernet-, SCSI-boards) can be fitted in slot 1.

The PCI specification, however, defines a maximum length of 167.64mm for so called Short Cards. This size exceeds the Eurocard standard depth (160mm). Longer PCI boards therefore must use slot 2 of the CA1-FUSION.

When using slot 2, wiring of the PCI card I/O connectors to the CA1-FUSION front panel has to be done by means of suitable cable assemblies and mounting brackets.
In order to fully comply with both PCI and CompactPCI® specifications, the CA1-FUSION is provided with a PCI bridge chip (Intel/DEC 21150 PCI to PCI bridge, 32-Bit). By its built-in buffers, the bridge can speed up system data transfer rates compared to the individual PCI board in use.

All modern operating systems can treat a PCI bridge in a plug and play manner (meaning that the bridge remains virtually transparent, as if the PCI component(s) behind the bridge on the secondary PCI bus were part of the primary PCI bus).

Some competitors products do not provide a PCI bridge, thus reducing adapter costs (by tolerating a violation of the PCI specs). Overall PCI compatibility however is a must in order to achieve total system reliability. Please bear these facts in mind when comparing prices to the CA1-FUSION.
Use of the CA1-FUSION adapter/bridge in order to allow standard PCI boards to work in a CompactPCI® system is both an absolutely smooth technical solution, and a smart economical decicision. The CA1-FUSION totally frees the system integrator from the need of a redesign of PCI cards already available to the CompactPCI® standard. This is a great advantage, especially when time to market counts, or the number of systems to be built is limited, or the function to be implemented underlies fast innovation cycles.

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  • 6U Double-Size-Eurocard (ca. 233x160mm), Frontpanel Width 40.3mm

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