New MicroTCA MTCA.4 chassis family targets research and industrial applications
Complying with the MTCA.4 specifications provides enhanced clock/trigger distribution and supports the use of Rear Transition Modules for signal conditioning.
“We see MTCA.4 having a strong future, both within the scientific community and out in industry,” said Saeed Karamooz, founder and CEO of VadaTech, which recently set up a new European headquarters in the UK. “We have been pleased to see such strong interest in the product line and have developed the VT81x chassis range to provide the reliability required across a range of scaling options.”
MTCA.4, based on the MicroTCA standard, defines MicroRTM modules and enhancements for precision timing. While defined and adopted by the scientific community, particularly for high-energy physics, it is finding its way into aggregation layer, video and service-based applications.
The first MicroTCA chassis in the range, the VT811, is shipping now and supports 12 AMCs/RTMs in an 8U 19” rack-mount enclosure with full redundancy. Features include the use of aluminium construction to reduce weight, carefully designed airflow to avoid hot-spots, and an internal cable channel to ease installation. Two further products were announced at the same time; the VT812 is a 6-bay chassis retaining full redundancy whilst achieving a 40% space saving, while the VT813 is a 12-bay high power unit capable of supporting 4,000W AC power. Both of these products are available to order now, with further MTCA.4 products due to be announced in the first half of next year.