Compact Peripheral Component Interconnect aka cPCI is a parallel interconnect system. cPCI32 is the most common version and has 32 AD lines plus an additional 18 control signals. With cPCI, a reference clock (33 MHz most common frequency) is distributed from the system master to each peripheral. The clock is used to qualify each of the control signals. cPCI has several modes which are encoded on the CBE lines during FRAME assertion, CBE transitions to Byte Lane Enables in the next phase of the cPCI transaction. cPCI also supports 64 bit PCI and can operate at 66 MHz.
cPCI has two main mechanical standards - 3U & 6U. 3U has one or two cPCI connectors and can be 32 or 64 bit PCI implementation with the 32 bit implementation having a further option for rear IO. The 6U size cards can have up to 5 cPCI connectors and can support both 64 bit operation and have full rear IO support. 3U is 160 x 100 mm not including the bezel and connectors. 6U is 160 x 230mm also sans bezel and connectors.
PCI was incorporated into PC´s, PC104, cPCI, PMC, and many other system types. PCIe is now making inroads with parallel platform types XMC for PMC, PCIe104 for PCI-104, VPX for VME, cPCIe for cPCI, as well as taking over in the PC arena. Dynamic Engineering is developing products for the new platforms and will continue to develop to support the previous generation of PCI based systems. In addition Dynamic Engineering supports cross mounted systems, PMC in cPCI with cPCIBPMC3UET
, or IP on cPCI with cPCI2IP
Dynamic Engineering currently supports PCI based systems with a combination of adapters/carriers and IO solutions. Carriers for cPCI, PMC, IP, PCI-104 to use with PCI. Native IO solutions for ECL, ASCB, SpaceWire, custom IO, and adapter based solutions with UART, CAN, 1553, 429, Parallel and serial IO, custom requirements.
PCI Specification Compatibility
Dynamic Engineering Carriers and Modules are compliant per the PCI-SIG specification for PCI plus any secondary specification; for example Vita 4 which is IndustryPack.
Dynamic Engineering driver and application software supports the user. Our carrier drivers support system enumeration and access to the modules. Dynamic Engineering modules have feature rich support for the HW and reference application SW to show examples of how to use those features. For details on any specifc design please download the HW and SW reference manuals located on each Data Page. The summary pages below have links to the data pages.