Mistral Announces New Ruggedized MicroTCA Chassis from Elma

Mistral Solutions has announced the availability of Blu!box, a ruggedized ATR MicroTCA chassis from Elma Electronic. The new MicroTCA chassis is an ARINC 404A Full-Size ATR Long Enclosure, used in commercial and military aviation. The 19" subrack chassis is 5U in height with a depth of 200 mm. Two MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCH), two power modules for 48 V / 60 V and two cooling units enable the tested system platform to be fully redundant. The cooling units feature 5 high performance fans and have PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control.

The system can hold a maximum of 12 single module AMCs - 8 full size and 4 compact size modules. All components are hot-swappable and Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) controlled.

The backplane has a 20 layer structure that guarantees optimum signal integrity and supports all FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) functions. It holds six AMCs, one MCH and one power module. Dual Star technology with high-speed connectors specially developed for high-speed data transfer ensures high-speed routing.

Blu!box meets the MIL-STD-810E shock/vibration requirements and MIL-STD-461 for electromagnetic interference. The Chassis has also undergone the IEC 61587-1 and VITA 47 standards vibration and shock tests in six axes. Shock absorbers/dampers can be added for extra protection. Thermal management is also possible to achieve either convection or conduction-cooling.

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