SOSA aligned backplanes enable complex and high-speed signal processing

08-02-2023 | Elma Electronics | Industrial

Elma Electronic now offers six additional high-speed backplanes that align with The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard 1.0 and include the latest optical fibre and RF connectivity. With 2-, 4- and 6-slot options, the expanded 3U OpenVPX series of backplanes supplies development options to satisfy the complex demands of high-performance rugged defence operations.

Created to help speed up the development of a common, modular architecture across critical C5ISR and EW systems, this comprehensive line of SOSA-aligned backplanes supports the Modular Open Systems Approach standardisation initiative from the US Department of Defense. The series includes current Ethernet and PCI Express standards, optimises SWaP, and lowers lifecycle costs for fast technology insertion.

Dave Caserza, manager, Embedded Computing Architects for Elma Electronic Inc., commented, “As defence embedded computing moves towards adoption of systems implemented using the SOSA architecture, having access to the right ­­­­tools will be critical for design engineers to quickly bring systems to market. Expanding our offerings of integral system components, like these new high-speed backplanes aligned with SOSA, is just part of Elma’s commitment to providing industry-leading open standards technologies.”

The new devices support 100GBase-KR4 and PCIe gen 4 high-speed signals on all applicable data paths. One of the 6-slot models also supports VITA 66.5 optical connectors for the Ethernet switch slot.

Many high-performance mission-critical systems can benefit from these new backplanes, including mission control, sensor-based systems, surveillance, radar and other beamforming applications, navigational control, weapons control, target tracking and display, threat detection and process and environmental monitoring.