Pigeon Point Systems (PPS) introduced a Module Management Controller (MMC) Board Management Reference (BMR) Starter Kit for AdvancedMC (AMC) modules, which are used in both AdvancedTCA (ATCA) carriers and MicroTCA (uTCA) shelves, collectively referenced as xTCA. The MMC BMR Starter Kit is based on Actel’s SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs. SmartFusion devices integrate an FPGA, hard ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog.
The Pigeon Point BMR Starter Kit is a reference design for developing AMC module designs with cost-effective, interoperable and compliant Module Management Controllers (MMCs). The solutions include firmware for the MMC, running on an AMC form factor bench top development board to deliver a robust development platform for AMC module design. The AMC form factor of the bench top board means engineers can insert it into any compliant AMC slot, in either an ATCA AMC carrier board or directly in a µTCA shelf.
The Module Management Controller Board Management Reference Starter Kit includes a benchtop management controller development board that is implemented in an AMC form factor, which means that it can be inserted into any compliant AMC slot. The kit also features a complete SmartFusion FPGA design in a Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE) project, complete firmware including full source code in C for both the management controller code and development tools, comprehensive documentation and a production license that grants designers the rights needed to design and bring to market an AMC product.
There are two kit variants available: one for engineers who work in an ATCA-focused bench top context and the other for designers who work in a uTCA-focused bench top context.
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