Elma Recognized with Three Innovation Awards for Developments in Military Electronics Technologies

Dec. 11, 2018

FREMONT, Calif., December 2018 – Elma Electronic Inc. has been awarded three Technology Innovation Awards for its recent advancements in military design solutions. Elma received an award in all three categories of the program, platinum, gold and silver, for different innovations. Submitted entries must demonstrate how an original product, design or subsystem was used and has solved a previously difficult or impossible design problem.

The program, run by Military & Aerospace Electronics media group, focuses on recognizing real-world enabling technologies for aerospace and defense applications, such as design innovations, products and systems, networking schemes and subsystems integration. Winning entries are selected using the recommendations of a panel of independent judges.

Platinum award

The VPX Backplane Probe Card Test Fixture enables characterization of differential VPX backplane channels between any two points on any 3U or 6U VPX backplane. It was designed for use on backplanes intended to support high speed signaling protocols such as PCI Express 2.1, InfiniBand DDR, Serial Rapid IO 2.2, PCI Express 3.0, Ethernet 10GBASE-KR, InfiniBand QDR, or InfiniBand FDR.

Gold award

The OpenVPX SOSA Development Platform is a complete test environment that supports OpenVPX embedded computing application development with the goal of meeting the convergence standards being set by tri-service branches under the SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) umbrella. At the heart of the system is Elma’s 3U, 12-slot backplane, with 12 payload and two power supply slots as well as high-speed RF and optical I/O connectivity. The platform includes OpenVPX-based processor and networking modules, support for IEEE 1588 precision timing, air- and conduction-cooled modules as well as dual high-wattage, pluggable VITA 62-compliant power supplies.

Silver award

The VITA 46.11-based System Manager monitors the health of an OpenVPX chassis and its boards, reports anomalies and takes any necessary corrective action. It maintains an inventory of the components and sensors in the chassis and receives event reports and failure notices from boards as well as any intelligent field replaceable units in the chassis. It negotiates power needs before powering up and uses E-Keying to instruct the boards only to enable compatible links, reducing improper board insertions. Monitoring features include power management, cooling control, event sensor logging, electronic keying, and card hot-swap monitoring. A Web server interface provides a graphical representation of the chassis. Complete sensor information can be obtained with a mouse click on the image of the FRU to query.

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About Elma Electronic Inc.


Elma Electronic Inc. is a global manufacturer of commercial, industrial and rugged electronic products for embedded systems and application-ready platforms – from components, embedded boards, backplanes, chassis and enclosures, power supplies, to fully integrated subsystems.


With one of the widest product ranges available in the embedded industry, Elma also offers standard and custom cabinets and enclosures as well as precision components such as rotary switches/encoders, LEDs, front panels and small cases.


Elma leverages proven technology based on VITA, PICMG, and other standards-based architectures (i.e. OpenVPX, VME, CompactPCI Serial, ATCA, COM Express and PCIe/104). Elma is also actively engaged in designing solutions for applications requiring smaller footprints.

Elma Electronic manages entire projects from initial system architecture to specification, design, manufacturing and test through its worldwide production facilities and sales offices. The company serves the mil/aero, industrial, research, telecom, medical and commercial markets and is certified to ISO 9001 and AS 9100.

With U.S. headquarters in Fremont, Calif., the company maintains multiple sales, engineering and manufacturing operations in Atlanta, Ga., and Philadelphia, Pa.


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