Abaco EXP237 XMC Expansion Card for VME Systems

Product Overview:

  • Provides three additional XMC/PMC expansion sites via PCI Express (PCIe) to the Host Processor through on-board connector
  • VITA 42.3 compliant
  • Expansion sites configured as:
    • Three 3.3V/5.0V PMC sites
    • Three XMC sites


Expand your capabilities

The EXP237 is a 6U VMEbus form factor expansion card offering three additional XMC/PMC expansion sites via an on-board connector designed to be compatible with many VMEbus single board computers from GE Intelligent Platforms.

Simple Connection to the Host

Connection  to the host is via PCI Express through on-board connectors. The PCI Express connection can be either x16 or x8 depending upon the host SBC.


Form Factor: VME 6U
Capacity: 3 PMC/XMC

More Product Information

  • Air-cooled and rugged conduction-cooled versions
  • Supports PMC or XMC modules
  • Non-transparent mode for multiple hosts
  • Four 4-lane PCI Express non-blocking switch
  • One PMC or XMC site
  • For Ruggedization Levels, please see the configuration guide under the downloads tab

PCIe Features 
  • Up to six x4 PCIe Gen 2.0 ports via non-blocking switch
  • Non-transparent bridging mode for multi-host systems
Ethernet Features
  • Up to nine ports Gigabit Ethernet Switch, unmanaged (not available with XMC option)
Build Options Include: 
  • Up to 8x 1000BASE-BX with 1x 1000BASE-T
  • Up to 6x 1000BASE-BX with 2x 1000BASE-T
Mezzanine Features
  • Supports XMC Modules (not available with Ethernet switching option)
  • Mezzanine I/O routed to VPX backplane
  • XMC I/O via PG16x24s+8dx12d
  • PMC I/O via PG14x64s

  • Redundant transfer mode for extra error suppression
  • Error detection
  • Any node on the network can generate an interrupt in any other node on the network or in all network nodes with a single command
  • One independent DMA channel
  • 128 Mbyte or 256 Mbyte SDRAM Reflective Memory
  • Transfer rate 43 Mbyte/s (4 byte packets) to 170 Mbyte/s (64 byte packets)
  • Dynamic packet size, 4 to 64 bytes of data
  • Connection with multimode fiber up to 300m, single mode fiber up to 10km
  • Up to 256 nodes
  • Data written to memory in one node is also written to memory in all nodes on the network
  • High speed, easy to use fiber-optic network (2.12 Gbaud serially)
  • No processor overhead
  • No processor involvement in the operation of the network
  • PCI 64-bit 66 MHz transfers, 3.3 or 5V, universal add-in card

  • 3U CompactPCI carrier for one PMC module
  • 64 bit/66 MHz & 32-/64-bit /33MHz PCI bus
  • Rear and front panel I/O (depending on style)
  • Air- and conduction-cooled (depending on style)
  • Extended temperature -40o to +85oC
  • Optional conformal coating
  • Ultra compact. 1 slot only
  • High shock and vibration immunity (depending on style)
  • One PMC site
  • Front & rear I/O
  • 3U CPCI carrier board, optional conduction cooled
  • 64-bit, 66 MHz, up to 512 MB/s operation

  • Virtex-6 LX130T, LX240T, LX365T, SX315T, SX315T, SX475T
  • High density Memory Options using BLAST sites: DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM, QDR2 SRAM, NAND FLASH.
  • VPX VITA 46 Compliant
  • Front Panel FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC)
  • UART over USB
  • Gen 1 and Gen 2 PCI express
  • VITA 48.2 compliant (1 inch Pitch)

  • Read/write burst operation
  • Data transfer in byte, word, and double-word
  • Four ports routed to the front utilizing RJ-45 connectors or eight ports routed to the front utilizing a 68-pin SCSI cable (06-260000x).
  • PMC/PCI form factor
  • Eight general purpose Inputs

  • Kintex-7 160T, 325T, 410T
  • PCIe Gen2 x8/4-lane, PCIe Gen3 x4 (softcore)
  • 1x FMC HPC available on front panel (VITA 57.1)
  • 1x FMC LPC or 4-channel SFP FMC (FMC404) available on front panel on the secondary side (VITA 57.1)
  • Micro SD Flash (32GB)

  • Conduction cooled compatible
  • ANSI/VITA 57.1-2010 compliant
  • 1.5V to 3.3V VADJ operation
  • RF coverage from 400MHz to 3.0GHz*
  • Time Domain Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Domain Duplex (FDD) compatible
  • Low Power, Small Footprint
  • Complete transceiver signal chain solution for up to 60MHz* bandwidth
  • Dual DAC, IQ modulator for Tx
  • Dual ADC, IQ modulator with PGA, buffer and filters for Rx
  • On-board clocking with integrated PLL/VCO
  • LNA front-end
  • LPC (low-pin count) Compatible
  • Phase locking for clocks and RF between two boards
  • MIL-I-46058c compliant (optional)

  • Extended temperature range (-40 to +85 C)
  • Self Healing fuses and RF-filtering on all IP power lines
  • 4 IndustryPack slots
  • 6U VME single slot card

Abaco Systems (formerly GE Intelligent Platforms)

For 12 years, we were the embedded computing business of GE Intelligent Platforms - itself formed from a series fo acquisitions of market-leading embedded computing companies. 

The entire GE Intelligent Platforms team, around 700 people - made the transition from GE, meaning that our customers continue to deal with people with whom they've had relationships for years and in some cases, decades. 

Also making the transition from Ge are the robust, repeatable business processes for which the company is renowned - but these are now finely-tuned to the specific needs of our embedded computing customers.

We have brought with us from GE an absolute, all-overriding commitment to ethics. That commitment is fundamental and central to all our interactions with you. Trust is paramount to all our relationships. 

Abaco Systems products and solutions can be found in many high profile military/aerospace sea, land and air programs, as well as in commercial and industrial organizations in which rugged reliability is mission-critical. 

Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture rugged embedded systems. Spun out of GE in 2015 we combine the attitude and customer focus of a startup with 30 years of experience delivering rugged embedded computing products and solutions. 

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