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4U cPCI

With PCI-based Air Defense Systems Integrator (ADSI)® hardware components reaching end of life, we now deliver systems based on industry standard CompactPCI® hardware. CompactPCI is widely used throughout the telecommunications industry, meaning this hardware platform should be supportable for at least another 10 years. Ultra is addressing escalating hardware sustainment/support costs for years to come by moving to CompactPCI hardware. Legacy chassis, card sets and components are no longer produced and stocked as inventory items and are EOL.

For a PCI to CompactPCI upgrade kit, contact Ultra: info@ultra-ats.com or 512-327-6795.

Key features

CompactPCI COTS hardware provides affordable decrease in Size, Weight and Power (SWaP). CompactPCI is the leading bus architecture for embedded systems in telecommunications and industrial control, as well as in the command and control markets. Since its introduction in 1995, CompactPCI has become the fastest-growing industrial bus architecture and has been enthusiastically adopted by the major OEMs for a large spectrum of equipment.

High performance

  • Transparent upgrade from 32-bit (132 Mbps) to 64-bit (264 Mbps)
  • Capable of full concurrence with processor/memory subsystems

Low cost

  • Low power dissipation
  • Ability to use low-cost commodity components (wide acceptance of PCI)

Longevity

  • High availability
  • Processor independent (x86, PowerPC, Sparc, Alpha)

Ease-of-use

  • Ease of maintenance and upgrades
  • Full automatic configuration support of PCI local bus add-in boards

Interoperability and reliability

  • Forward and backward compatibility of 32-bit and 64-bit add-in boards
  • Support of up to 256 devices and of a hierarchy of PCI buses and expansion bus

Data integrity

  • Parity on data, address, control lines (ideal for embedded computers)

Software compatibility

  • Full compatibility with existing drivers and applications software (device drivers can be portable across various classes of platforms)

ATS products at a glance

All ATS products can be configured with specific card sets applicable to your mission interface requirements:

Air Defense Systems Integrator (ADSI)® Forward Deployable 4U system

More interface cards than an ADSI 3U, so more hardware ports are available, but larger and ruggedized; processes Link 11/11B, Link 16 and INTEL.

Unracked 4U ADSI® chassis

Unracked ADSI system; same hardware ports and link processing, but no ruggedized casing.

ADSI 3U system

Smaller and lighter than an ADSI 4U, but does not have as many interface cards, so fewer hardware ports are available; processes Link 11/11B, Link 16 and INTEL.

Ultra16 and Small Form Factor (SFF) 2U systems

Ultra16™ is smaller and lighter than the ADSI 3U, but it does not have as many interface cards, so fewer hardware ports are available; requires a laptop for display; processes Link 16 only.

The SFF is smaller and lighter than an ADSI 3U, but it does not have as many interface cards, so fewer hardware ports are available; requires a laptop for display; processes Link 11/11B, Link 16 and INTEL.

Advanced Tactical Airborne System (ATAS)TM

Certified for installation in an aircraft; processes Link 16, Link 11 and INTEL; requires external computer for TacViewC2 software, but uses internal computer for back-end displays.

Blackjack system

Portable; smaller and lighter than the Ultra16 system, but not as many interface cards, so fewer hardware ports are available; requires a laptop for display; processes Link 16.

Guardian and Range Guardian

Guardian is portable, smaller and lighter than the Blackjack system, but does not have as many interface cards, so fewer hardware ports are available; contains a built-in display; processes Link 16.

Range Guardian has the same hardware package as Guardian, but also includes software for radar input; processes Link 16 and radar.

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