Elma’s First-to-Market Cooling Platform Embraces Air Flow-Through (AFT) Per VITA 48.8 Standard

Dec. 1, 2021

Unit uses baffling method to enable air flow control for up to five 1-slot VITA 48.8 backplanes

FREMONT, Calif., December 2021 – Elma Electronic Inc. has added a third model to its expanding CompacFrame series of next-generation development platforms designed to accelerate development and test of plug-in cards (PICs) aligned to the SOSA™ Technical Standard 1.0 and VITA 65 OpenVPX. 

In a first-to-market innovation, Elma’s new Type 39A CompacFrame holds up to accepts up to five 1-slot VPX power & ground backplanes for plug-in cards on 1”, 1.2” or 1.5” pitch designed for use with VITA 48.8 air flow-through (AFT) cooling. The platform facilitates new card and system design implementations and testing for a range of rugged environments, including electronic warfare (EW), C5ISR, target tracking and display, navigation systems and threat detection as well as in sensor payloads and image and data processing applications.

Ram Rajan, senior vice president of engineering for Elma, noted, “Supporting air flow-through cooling in our new CompacFrame is one of the many ways Elma is delivering state-of-the-art test and development solutions to help our customers meet the demands of SWaP optimization in small form factor systems.”

With an updated, lightweight construction, Elma’s CompacFrame series is tilted up 5 degrees for easier viewing and plug-in cards insertion. User interfaces are designed for easy access, simplifying and reducing design time, and an integrated carrying handle ensures portability.

The two other standard CompacFrames include a slimline version that accommodates open standards-based backplanes of up to four slots and the mid-range version, supporting up to eight slots aligned to The Open Group Sensor Open System Architecture™ (SOSA) Technical Reference Standard 1.0.

VITA 48.8 helps reduce weight and cost for high density, high power dissipation of 3U and 6U module based systems by eliminating the use of card retainers and ejector/injector handles, instead using lightweight jack screws for insertion and extraction into a chassis. The elimination of module-to-chassis conduction cooling means VITA 48.8 drives innovative use of new lightweight polymer or composite-based chassis.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/AFT-CompacFrame, contact sales at [email protected], or call (510) 656-3400.

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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, SOSA™, VME, CompactPCI Serial, 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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