With increasing traffic loads and complexity of technology in the railway environment, an advanced computing platform with high vibration resistance, ease of expandability and low Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) is needed to meet the reliability and performance requirements of high-speed rail transportation.
CompactPCI systems are enabling Automatic Train Control (ATC) systems to solve today's critical railway problems by providing solutions featuring Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Scalability, and with increased ruggedness, shorter mean time to repair (MTTR), higher density and improved performance.
As Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) systems used for wayside control are located very close to railway tracks, the golden fingers of PCI cards employed by traditional industrial PCs are not robust enough to sustain the vibration caused by the passage of trains, resulting in system unreliability and instability, disruption of signal collection, and generation of communication errors. The worst case scenario is when railway operations come to a halt for equipment maintenance or repairs. To properly deal with heavier traffic loads and the increasing number of trains running on tracks, there has been an emerging trend to replace traditional platforms with CompactPCI products, which feature rugged hard metric connectors to provide reliable connections. ADLINK CompactPCI products are designed to meet the demands of harsh environments, withstand high shock and vibration, and operate in an extended temperature range of -40°C to 85°C, as well as having been fully tested for the railway operating environment in order to support EN50155 compliance.
CompactPCI is a PICMG standard implemented on the Eurocard form factor that provides more rugged packaging and more secure interconnects than legacy PCI cards. CompactPCI is an open standard with off–the-shelf software support, ensuring compatibility of components available on the open market.
Employing CompactPCI products helps to shorten system development time, reduces maintenance costs and boosts overall system performance. ADLINK guarantees a product life cycle of 7 years, ensuring that mission critical applications such as railway transportation get full support and service for the full life of the system.
Ideal for mission critical transportation applications, especially those for modern urban railway systems, CompactPCI allows operators to hot-swap blades without the need to open the chassis, thus reducing downtime and MTTR and allowing customers to save on resources required for maintenance. The modular design, front access and rear I/O availability of CompactPCI allows these systems the flexibility required for the various functions they perform.
CompactPCI combines a Eurocard-type connector and PCI signaling and protocols. The connectors and the electrical rules allow for eight boards in a PCI segment, making the systems highly scalable for the future needs. ADLINK's rich CompactPCI product portfolio with high-density I/O allows customers to create ultra-high density platforms for their applications.
ADLINK provides a wide range of CompactPCI processor blades, with CPUs ranging from low power Intel® Atom to high performance Intel® Core™, to meet the requirements of various control systems. With scalable peripherals including XMC & Wayside ATS System in China
PMC modules and Ethernet cards, as well as multi-segment backplanes, power supplies and chassis, customers can work with ADLINK to build their solutions. ADLINK is continually developing high performance, high density and power efficient products backed by software such as SEMA (Smart Embedded Management Agent) to shorten time to market for our customers. ADLINK has a selection of EN50155 compliant CompactPCI products to meet customers’ needs.
ADLINK has a selection of EN50155 compliant CompactPCI products to meet customers' needs.
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