There are nine distinct “families” of PICMG standards. Many have subsidiary specifications that are designed to add additional capability. Click on any of the standards families listed below to learn about each one.
This high performance modular standard, also called ATCA®, was developed for critical central office telecommunications applications and is also used for a wide range of commercial and military applications. It offers a complete management infrastructure so that high availability systems with “six nines” reliability can be deployed.
Often called “AdvancedTCA’s little brother”, MicroTCA is a modular platform for building smaller and less expensive systems that AdvancedTCA while retaining the high availability architecture of AdvancedTCA. MicroTCA systems use AMC modules as their basic computing and I/O building blocks.
This standard uses CompactPCI’s mechanical structure but updates the system interconnects to include PCI Express, Ethernet, SATA, and USB. It offers 20 to 40 times the backplane bandwidth of CompactPCI and is ideal for new applications or upgrades to older systems.
This upgrade to the PCI-ISA standard replaces parallel PCI interconnects with serial PCI Express lanes, improving performance and increasing compute power. A passive backplane is used, and standard desktop PCI Express cards can be used for I/O customization.
Hardware Platform Management
New standards come to life when members identify the need to create a new embedded computing standard for a particular market or application. This is a structured process, but is relatively simple to initiate. All it takes to begin the development process is an initial Statement of Work, sponsored by three or more Executive members, that describes the market need and a rough proposal of what a standard addressing that might look like