The new system platform can be used for design and demonstration activities, such as board design, application development, data flow analysis and troubleshooting. Aligned with the Department of Defense’s tri-service convergence initiative, the D-Frame Development System enables engineering teams to share knowledge and capabilities. As SOSA and CMOSS become more widespread, the need for faster application development and collaboration among multiple departments will grow. The versatile system can accommodate multiple board counts in both 3U and 6U form factors, enabling developers to incorporate different backplanes from Elma’s broad product line, several of which are OpenVPX-based and align with CMOSS requirements and the emerging SOSA standard. The system features front and rear card guides, with optional conduction-cooled card guides as well as three fans that provide side-to-side airflow and an external 12V AC/DC power supply, with alternate power options available. Housed in a professional-looking, briefcase-style chassis, the new system is easy to transport and comes with rubber feet on the chassis’ bottom for secure placement. The VPX demonstrator chassis incorporates a hinged, clear top lid that simplifies access to probing cards and rear transmission modules, while enabling easy viewing of internal electronics.
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