NcPCI-XLINK

NcPCI-XLINK

The NcPCI-XLINK offers a MicroTCA system access to cPCI I/O cards. The NcPCI-XLINK is plugged into slot 1 of any cPCI system and, via a PCI Express cable up to 7 meters long, the front panel is connected to the NAMC-XLINK. The MicroTCA system then acts as the master of the cPCI I/O cards.

No modification of the application or drivers is needed.

XLINK-Family Overview:

Functional Blocks


Hardware based on cPCI

The NcPCI-XLINK is based on a high performance 32-bit, 33 MHz 3U cPCI card compatible with a cPCI system slot 1 supporting cPCI standards with 3.3V signalling. The cPCI interface is 5V tolerant.


PCI Express External Cable Connector

The NcPCI-XLINK connects the PCI Express External Cable Connector with the cPCI backplane using programmable buffer circuitry and a PCIe to PCI bridge device. The NAMC-XLINK provides master functions such as clock and management signals.

The NAMC-XLINK has to identify the slave interface via firmware after Power-Up which, in this case, is the NcPCI-XLINK. It is important to power up the cPCI (slave) system first. A rescan of the cable link can be performed at any time with user software.


EEPROM (type 24C02)

The EEPROM is an I2C device located on the NcPCI-XLINK connecting to the PCIe to PCI bridge via I2C bus. This EEPROM (type 24C02) is mostly used for storing setup imformation for the PCIe to PCI bridge after Power-Up, but also for storing board-specific information. The EEPROM's address is 0x0. By default, the I2C device 24C02 is not programmed. The bridge initializes with default register values.


XLINK-Family

The NcPCI-XLINK is member of the XLINK-Family which enables the connection of different system platforms via a PCI Express External Cable Interface to a MicroTCA system.


Other XLINK Board Combinations
  • NAMC-XLINK : NPCI-XLINK
  • NAMC-XLINK : NcPCI-XLINK


 

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cPCI Interface

  • 32bit /33MHz
  • 3.3V signalling
  • 5V tolerant 


PCI Express Interface

  • 1x PCI Express External Cable Connector at the front panel with a transfer data rate of 2.5Gb/s

PCIe to PCI bridge

  • Pericom PI7C9C111SL is used in forward mode
  • x1- PCIe upstream port
  • x1 32-bit PCI downstream port

Requirements

  • Free system slot 1
  • Standard cPCI backplane or
  • Hybrid MicroTCA-cPCI chassis


cPCI Interface

  • 32bit /33MHz
  • 3.3V signalling
  • 5V tolerant


PCI Express Interface

  • 1x PCI Express External Cable Connector at the front panel with a transfer data rate of 2.5Gb/s


PCIe to PCI bridge

  • Pericom PI7C9C111SL is used in forward mode
  • x1- PCIe upstream port
  • x1 32-bit PCI downstream port


Indicator LEDs

  • 2 general status LEDs
  • 2 LEDs (optionally)
  • 4 LED blocks above PCI Express External Cable Connector


Clock Selection

  • Local PCIe clock (internal differential 100 MHz reference clock) or
  • PCI Express External Cable Interface
 

Host Operating System Support

  • Standard OSes (e.g. Windows or Linux)
  • No restrictions
  • No driver adaption
  • No application modifications


Power Consumption

  • V (I/O) -either 5V or 3.3V- 0.1A max. payload power
  • 3.3V 0.1A max. management power


Environmental Conditions

  • Operating temperature: 0ºC to +70ºC with forced air cooling
  • Storage temperature: -40ºC to +85ºC
  • Relative humidity: 10% to 90% at +55ºC (non-condensing)


Standard Compliance

  • PICMG AMC.1 Rev 1.0
  • PCI Express External Cabling Specification


Applications

Industrial and telecommunication applications requiring

  • speed,
  • flexibility,
  • hot swap,
  • reliability and optional redundancy
  • different I/O form factors

 



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NAMC-XLINK_datasheet XLINK Family Datasheet pdf 282 KB 1.0 11-07-2012
NPCI-XLINK_manual NPCI-XLINK Technical Reference Manual pdf 329 KB 1.0 14-07-2011
NcPCI-XLINK_manual NcPCI-XLINK Technical Reference Manual pdf 391 KB 1.0 14-07-2011
NAMC-XLINK_manual NAMC-XLINK Technical Reference Manual pdf 384 KB 1.2 13-07-2011





NcPCI-XLINK block diagram


Product Code: NCPCI-XLINK

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NCPCI-XLINK 3U cPCI board with PCIE-X1 at the front connector and through a transparent PCIexpress to PCI bridge chip a 32 bit, 33 MHz PCI interface at the edge connector. No software is needed. Board has to be placed in a passive backplane in the host slot. Please order the corresponding NAMC-XLINK board to connect your cPCI boards to a MicroTCA system. -
NAMC-XLINK single full size AMC board with PCIe, as cross link to a PCI or cPCI subsystem, works with NPCI-XLINK or NCPCI-XLINK -
NPCI-XLINK Compact size PCI board with PCIE-X1 at the front connector and through a transparent PCIexpress to PCI bridge chip a 32 bit, 33 MHz PCI interface at the edge connector. No software is needed. Board has to be placed in a passive backplane in the host slot. Please order the corresponding NAMC-XLINK board to connect your PCI boards to a MicroTCA system. -