Ethernet backplane architecture on show

Performance Technologies will demonstrate a system based on a Packet Switching Backplane specification at this year’s Bus and Board Conference in Long Beach, CA between January 21 and 22.

Along with eight other companies, Performance Technologies will demonstrate a high-bandwidth, high-availability system based on the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) 2.16 CompactPCI/Packet Switching Backplane specification at this year’s Bus and Board Conference in Long Beach, CA between January 21 and 22.

The specification, which was developed by Performance Technologies to define an embedded Ethernet interconnection architecture, was ratified by PICMG on September 5, 2001. Now, only a few months after the PICMG 2.16 ratification, there is already a multitude of vendors offering most every product required for the development of 2.16-based embedded applications.

The system demonstrated at Bus & Board will illustrate the bandwidth capacity and failover capabilities of equipment built around the architecture.

The Bus & Board Conference is an annual event co-sponsored by VITA and PICMG. The conference is focused on CompactPCI, PCI, VMEbus, PC104, motherboards and mezzanine cards for embedded applications.