Thales unveils R2U4S, R4U8S and R8U16S COTS 19-inch VME industrial enclosures

EDISON, N.J., 19 Oct., 2006. Thales, which provides VMEbus and CompactPCI single-board computer (SBC) products and systems, introduced the R2U4S, R4U8S and R8U16S, a set of COTS 19-inch rack-mount VME industrial chassis for industrial-grade hardware in hostile environments.

Oct 19th, 2006

EDISON, N.J., 19 Oct., 2006. Thales, which provides VMEbus and CompactPCI single-board computer (SBC) products and systems, introduced the R2U4S, R4U8S and R8U16S, a set of COTS 19-inch rack-mount VME industrial chassis for industrial-grade hardware in hostile environments.

Available in 2U, 4U, and 8U, these enclosures can house a range of 6U VME64x backplanes featuring P-zero connectors of 4, 8, and 16 slot, respectively.

The back-planes all route both the intelligent chassis management bus (ICMB) and the intelligent platform management bus (IPMB) which are part of the intelligent platform management interface (IPMI) described in the VITA 38 recommendations. The IPMI shelf management of the end system can be easily met by the addition of a baseboard management controller in the payload accommodated nearby the power supply unit (PSU).

The 2U and 4U models are for VME horizontal-load applications, with either 100 percent front or 100 percent rear access. The 8U model hosts the cards vertically as recommended for use in most naval applications.

All these products accommodate 80-millimeter depth VITA 36 standard rear-transition-modules (RTM). An optional front panel covers either the front or the rear card-frame area. A cable way allow front to rear wiring. The enclosures are supplied with a modular Power Supply Unit able to provide enough power to build high performance computing clusters.

The default value is 400 Watts, 8700 Watts and 1200 Watts for the 2U, 4U and 8U products, respectively. The voltage balance can be tune easily by changing the modules of the PSU. Furthermore, the PSU can be twinned with another one in order to assure the redundancy feature required in safety critical applications.

"The brand new range of COTS 19-inch industrial racks is our first offering that provides all the reliability and flexibility required by system integrators for Mil-aerospace applications. With such a products range, the hardware set up of a computing system is as easy as possible, and our customers can focus their contribution on the application without looking for a new rack when a new computing unit is added" says Joe Eicher, Thales Computers director of global field application engineering.

For more information contact Thales Computers online at www.thalescomputers.com.

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