Advantech unveils new PICMG 1.3 backplanes with Matrox validation

Advantech has released two new backplanes – the PCE-5B12-00 and PCE-7B17-00 – which feature great expansion capability, plentiful ATX/EPS power inputs, and are fully compatible with Matrox’s Mura MPX series, which makes them suitable for applications requiring strong graphics capability and high computing power, for example industrial applications such as control rooms, surveillance, machine vision inspection, and DSP carrier platforms.

The PCE-5B12-00 provides ten x16 PCIe 2.0 card slots with PCIe x16 link and one x16 PCIe 2.0 card slot with x4 link enabling the system integrator to design multiple, powerful video/graphics or DSP full-size controller cards in a single system. To overcome the lack of space for powerful DSP and graphics controller cards, the PCE-5B12-00 has optimised PCIe slot placement, and supports up to 7 dual-width, full-size PCIe x16 cards in a single system.

The PCE-7B17-00, with five PCIe x8 and eleven PCIe x4 slots, provides another multiple-expansion solution and is Advantech’s first fully PCI express 3.0 compliant backplane. PCI express3.0 support enlarges the data transfer bandwidth between processor and all of the PCI express slots, which boosts system performance for streaming video display, and helps the system integrator to build an efficient machine vision inspection environment.

In 2012 the Matrox laboratory in Canada started performing strict certifications for function compatibility and reliability. The PCE-5B12-00 and PCE-7B17-00 both proved fully compatible with their Mura MPX Series for video wall related applications. The great expansion capability of PCE-7B17-00 supports up to 180 input sources, and can output to up to 20 HD displays; PCE-5B12-00 supports up to 40 input sources, can output to up to 40 HD displays. These reliable backplanes provide OEMs, system integrators, resellers, and installers with the opportunity to build world-class, high-impact video walls for applications in digital signage, control rooms, security and surveillance.

The PCE-5B12-00 and PCE-7B17-00 are compatible with Advantech PICMG1.3 SHB (System Host Board), and Advantech IPC-622/623 and ACP-5360/7360 20-slot rack-mount chassis. The outstanding expansion and performance features make this system an ideal computing platform for advanced industrial applications. PCE-5B12-00 and PCE-7B17-00 are now available for order and ready for shipment.


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