Computers Articles - New Conduction-Cooled ATR 6U VPX Platform from Elma Provides Exceptional Thermal Performance

by BETH SMITH - Date: 2009-08-19 - Word Count: 503 Share This!

FREMONT, Calif., August 2009 -Elma Electronic Inc.'s Systems division announced today the new conduction-cooled ATR 6U VPX platform that provides the highest level of environmental protection while also allowing for optimal cooling that convection-cooled platforms cannot offer.

Elma's conduction-cooled ATRs feature a machined card cage that accommodates wedge locks to transfer heat from the boards to the machined platform walls within the integrated card guides. Special grade aluminum joined by a dip-braising process for the chassis parts ensures the best conductivity of the payload.

The COTS manufacturing approach for the ATR platform meets multiple MIL-STDs. Elma's proven design techniques meet MIL-STD 810, 461, 167, 901 and 704. The 6U VPX platform meets ARINC 404A, ARINC 600 and IEEE 1101.2 specifications and accepts 6U VPX boards compliant with VITA 46.x. The ATR platform features a MIL 38999 power connector with an integrated line filter; the power supply and line filter combination are optimized to meet MIL-STD 461E and the aluminum dip-braised construction is designed to meet MIL-STD 810F for shock and vibration.

The MIL grade components qualify the ATR platform to meet harsh military applications, specifically avionics applications which operate in high-altitude environments. The new lightweight ATR platform is ideal for applications where a lower weight is crucial. The -40°C to +70°C operating temperature range, combined with cooling optimized via thermal simulation studies, allows for exceptional thermal performance.

Additional backplane options for the 7-slot conduction-cooled ATR platform include VME/64X, cPCI, VXS, MicroTCA and custom backplanes. The platform also features fixed mount devices, a 28V DC PSU input, and top-load card orientation. All removable covers are equipped with captive screws.

Basic pricing starts between $15,000 and $20,000 in small quantities.

For more information, please visit or contact Valerie Andrew at, call (800) 445-6194, (215) 956-1200 or e-mail # # #

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About Elma Electronic The Systems division of Elma Electronic Inc. supplies the widest range of commercial, COTS and rugged electronics packaging as well as a full complement of embedded computing products and services for an extensive variety of applications. Elma's focus is to leverage proven technology based on VITA and PICMG standard architectures (i.e. VME, VPX, CPCI, ATCA and microTCA). With the acquisition of ACT/Technico in January 2009, Elma became a leading supplier of open-standards embedded boards and integrated sub-systems. Elma's Embedded Computing Products and Services, including single board computers, mass storage, RAID, I/O and networking solutions, RTOS, Linux/Windows and device drivers will continue to be offered under the brand name of ACT/Technico.

Founded in 1960, the Elma Group manages entire projects from initial system architecture to specification, design, manufacturing and test through its worldwide production facilities and sales offices. The company serves the mil/aero, industrial, research, telecom, medical and commercial markets and is certified to ISO 9001.

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