2012-11-01 - The new NAT MCH for PHYSICS

MCH and Intel® Core™i7 in one slot

The NAT double-width MCH, NAT-MCH-M4 is targeting at applications based on the MicroTCA.4 form factor. The distinctive feature of the new NAT-MCH-M4 is that the combination with the also available μRTM COM Express Carrier NAT-MCH-Comex allows applications to utilize the so far unused space behind the MCH in MTCA.4 systems.

As a standard MTCA.4 was mainly driven by the international high energy physics research institutions, however, MTCA.4 is being adopted by several other industrially driven verticals. Opening the systems space behind the MCH slot provides significant functional improvement and cost savings by combining the functionality of an MCH, i.e. with the one of a PrAMC. Unlike earlier and proprietary attempts by other vendors to integrate MCH and PrAMC capabilities into a single slot in a MicroTCA system, the solution now provided by N.A.T. is fully compliant with the MicroTCA standard. Moreover, this solution actually combines both the MicroTCA and the COM Express standard in a very innovative way, enabling significant cost savings and synergies.


Key Features:

  • Full featured NAT-MCH
  • Special clk module for Physics
  • PCIe GEN3 switch for 12 additional AMCs and PCIe uplinks
  • RTM with integrated Intel® Core™i7 ComExpress module with direct access to fat pipe and base fabric
  • SLOTS FOR MicroSD and SIM cards
  • SATA storage: up to 2x 1.8” (short) or 1x2.5” SSD drives
  • standard I/O at front panel: 2x GbE / 2x mini coax (CLK) / LEDs for CUs, PMs & AMCs
  • additional I/O at RTM front panel: 1x GbE / 4x USB 3.0 / 2x Display Port / 3x mini coax

The NAT-MCH-M4 is completed by a new clock mezzanine for the NAT-MCH, the NAT-MCHCLK-PHYS dedicated to the research market. This CLK offers extremely low jitter and constant latency, realized by using a special Clock Multiplexer developed in cooperation with IDT (Integrated Device Technology Inc.). The module also provides a PCIe reference clock (spread spectrum or fixed mean at HCSL level). As with other available clock modules the NAT-MCH-CLK-PHYS can either generate its own clock or be synchronized to a reference clock being provided either by one of the system's AMCs or an external clock via the front panel clock connector.

For further details please visit the web site for the NAT-MCH-PHYS.

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