cPCI (CompactPCI) is a rugged industrial computer platform, developed by the PICMG user group. It uses standard computer technology such as Windows and the PCI bus, but with a front loading Eurocard form factor popularised by the VME bus. Boards are standardised to 3U or 6U sizes, and are typically interconnected via a passive backplane.
CompactPCI peripheral cards are installed vertically for improved cooling, and have positive card retention for excellent shock and vibration characteristics. Connectors for input / output signals are typically provided at the front of the system for easy wiring, but if required can also be provided at the rear. This design makes CompactPCI systems ideal for use in applications requiring rugged, high reliability solutions such as aerospace, military, telecoms, transport and industrial automation.
Amplicon has a comprehensive range of cost effective CompactPCI products including Chassis, Controllers, Data Acquisition, Communications, Power Supplies, Backplanes and Accessories.