Future-proof your systems with exceptional performance based on the latest MicroTCA standards – from MTCA.0 to MTCA.4. Choose from our broad system and accessory range of electronic front panels, filler panels and module covers.
What is MicroTCA?
MicroTCA (MTCA) is an open standard from the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) that defines specifications for very powerful yet very small communication systems. It uses Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AdvancedMCs) that are specified for use as functional boards on carrier cards in AdvancedTCA blades.
The board is 75mm or 150mm high, 180 mm deep and 3, 4 or 6 HP width. The maximum slot count is 12 slots. MTCA uses the high-speed Low Voltage Differential Signal (LVDS) data transfer rates and supports several transfer protocols, including Ethernet, Serial Rapid I/O, PCI Express and S-ATA/SAS. MicroTCA is defined as a high-availability (99.999%) platform, featuring a fully redundant architecture. Power, cooling and switching can be implemented as redundant, while the backplane topology is Dual Star.
MTCA includes a very powerful carrier / shelf management capability. It provides e-keying, full hot swap and event driven error handling. The base specification MTCA.0 mainly addressed telecommunication applications. The dot-specification MTCA.1 targets multiple vertical markets by adding higher shock and vibration resistance levels as well as extended temperature ranges to MicroTCA. MTCA.2 and MTCA.3 address the needs of harsh environments by defining conduction cooling and air flow through cooling. MTCA.4 is the newest MTCA extension and meets the requirements of sophisticated test and measurement systems. It defines rear transition modules (RTM), implements special signal lines for clock and trigger signals, and even includes a second backplane that contains radio frequency signaling and covers for the AdvancedMC modules to protect the sensitive electronics.
Schroff MicroTCA Systems
- 40G high-speed data transfer with all Schroff® standard MicroTCA Systems
- System families compliant with MTCA.0, MTCA.1 and MTCA.4
- Broad accessory portfolio including front panels, filler panels, module covers and power modules
- Comprehensive user manuals and link to the firmware page in the download section