Pigeon Point Systems (PPS) updated their board management reference (BMR) starter kit for AdvancedTCA management controllers. The updated board management reference includes support for advanced in-shelf network attachment via the Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) standard. The NC-SI support is implemented in BMR solutions based on the Actel Fusion mixed-signal FPGA. These and corresponding solutions based on Renesas H8S microcontrollers are the first to support R3.0 of PICMG 3.0, the AdvancedTCA specification.
Pigeon Point Systems’ new solutions boost BMR support for in-shelf network attachment. In addition, the solutions comply with the latest revision of the AdvancedTCA specification and are available for both Actel’s Fusion and Renesas H8S core silicon. The new and advanced facilities in the Fusion-based BMR solutions make them ideal for new management controller implementations.
In-shelf network attachments for management controllers in AdvancedTCA boards allow these high speed connections to be used for a variety of purposes that improve usability and reduce operational expense, including remote access to on-board serial interfaces and quick management controller firmware updates. Compliance with the third major revision of the AdvancedTCA specification enables valuable features, such as intelligent subsidiary field replaceable units (FRUs), and aligns AdvancedTCA products with the requirements for traceability improvements in the new specification revision.