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New Highly-Integrated VPX Chassis Manager Optimised for Security and VITA 65/SOSA™ Profiles

VPX SOSA Chassis Manager

Posted on March 15, 2021 Annapolis Micro Systems
Annapolis Micro Systems, a leading FPGA board and systems supplier, has introduced a new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) VITA 46.11-aligned WILD™ VPX Chassis Manager (WABGM0) in support of their SOSA-aligned EcoSystem. It enables critical maintenance, chassis control, and security functions and was developed in alignment with the SOSA™ Technical Standard.
Jay Grandin, Annapolis Micro Systems VP Product Development says,“This is a highly-integrated module supporting many functions. It provides access to plug in card (PIC) JTAG and Maintenance ports, CLK1 usage via on-board Zynq FPGA, network functions, and some optional advanced security functions.”
The Chassis Manager implements security signal interfaces and a Xilinx UltraScale+ Zynq ZU5EG MPSoC with the latest Microsemi PolarFire FPGA, which can be end-user modified with purchase of the optional Board Support Package (BSP).
Other features include MIL-STD-1553 support and an additional storage flash. The new WC3170 7-Slot 3U SOSA-aligned Chassis is supplied with a WABGM0 Chassis Manager as standard. The Chassis Manager plugs directly into a backplane, or into a 3U or 6U OpenVPX carrier that plugs into a backplane as a payload card. It fully supports VITA 66/67 by avoiding optical/RF backplane openings. The Chassis Manager also supports the SOSA management interface for all the cards in the chassis, allowing for controlled power-on/off of VPX cards and controlling main 12V power to the chassis. All the functionality is accomplished locally, or remotely via ethernet. The management interface also allows out-of-band monitoring of board health and statistics like board temperature and power.

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Chassis maintenance is another of the important functions supported by the Chassis Manager. It allows access to JTAG for up to four slots at a time, which allows board maintenance and recovery without having to remove boards from the chassis. It also allows for up to four slots to be accessed in parallel (more with multiplexing), so that a user can access maintenance ports over ethernet without having to open the chassis.
Additionally, the Chassis Manager supports many general-purpose I/Os, which can be used for chassis functions or can be converted on the backplane to RS-422 for external communication. It supports the VPX CLK1 LVDS pin, which can be used for an additional GPIO and goes to the Zynq FPGA. The Chassis Manager can also support a “maskable reset” per slot, so it can fire this reset to any slots selected in a given mask for user-configurable partial chassis resets.
The Chassis Manager is readily integrated into any SOSA-aligned 3U or 6U VPX system, or deployed within Annapolis' proven WILD100™ EcoSystem.

The WILD100 EcoSystem is an interoperable portfolio of rugged high-performance 100GbE COTS boards and systems. Notable WILD100 products include:
  •     3U & 6U FPGA Baseboards
  •     3U & 6U Switches
  •     3U & 6U Storage Boards
  •     3U & 6U Backplanes & Chassis
  •     Mezzanine Cards

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Annapolis high-performance products are designed for advanced HPC, ISR, and multi-function EW applications, including phased array radar, cybersecurity network processing, DRFM, beamforming, sensor processing, wireless communication, and radar signal processing.

For more information on this Chassis Manager, SOSA-aligned boards and chassis or the wider Annapolis product family please send us an email and we will call you back.


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