PCI bus specification for outer space ratified
PICMG's CompactPCI Serial for Space has been ratified and is intended to be used in space for on-board satellites as the platform system and the payload controller as well as control systems and ground stations on Earth.
PICMG’s CompactPCI Serial for Space, a ruggedized version of CompactPCI Serial that specifically addresses the extreme environment requirements for outer space, has been ratified. The CPCI-S.1 R1.0 specification is intended to be used in space, e.g. on-board satellites as the platform system and the payload controller as well as on Earth for the control systems and ground stations. Regular CompactPCI Serial products can be combined with cPCI Serial for Space products to develop test and simulation systems. CompactPCI Serial Space was been selected for the OneWeb program, where up to 900 satellites will utilize the technology. CompactPCI Serial Space stems from the core CompactPCI Serial specification that provides high-speed serial performance to the 3U/6U Eurocard form factor. CompactPCI Serial allows the use of PCIe Gen3, 10GbE/40GbE, or other high-speed protocols with a rugged and cost-effective connector solution. It is used in a wide range of applications, including Railway/Transportation, Military/Aerospace, Industrial Automation, and more.
– Edited from a PICMG press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering industrial networking stories.