CompactPCI® Serial • PCI Express® External Cabling • Target Side Adapter
Enables PCIe Based Peripheral Cards in a CompactPCIŽ Serial Target System
Most computer systems are based on the PCI Express® standard as a high speed backbone
for interconnection of peripheral components with a host CPU. Typically all PCI Express®
based devices are located closely in a common enclosure.
The PCI-SIG PCI Express® External Cabling Specification addresses extended applications,
such as split-systems or I/O expansion by means of a suitable copper cable, available e.g.
for a x4 PCI Express® link, up to 7m length. When used with an AOC (Active Optical Cable),
distances of up to 300m can be bridged between host and target systems.
The SX9-HOWL is a target system adapter card for PCIe x4 external cabling.
The SX9-HOWL fits into the backplane system slot of a CompactPCI® Serial
target system. Two on-board packet switches are used to
replicate eight PCI Express® links across a CompactPCI® Serial backplane.
Thus, up to eight PCIe based CompactPCI® Serial peripheral slot cards in a target system
can be controlled by a remote host system CPU, with a maximum transfer rate of 20GT/s.
As an option, the SX9-HOWL is available with additional front panel I/O (2 x RJ45 GbE, 2 x USB 3.0).