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Abaco Announces New 16-Port Serial Controller and XMC Carrier Card

Innovative Upgrade Path to Overcome Obsolescence

Abaco Systems has launched the PMC523 16-port serial controller and the SPR518 PCI Express  XMC carrier card, the company announced on 2 September.

Both devices provide innovative upgrade paths to protect users from obsolescence, and each delivers a necessary and beneficial technology refresh, continuing the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation at every turn.

The PMC523 is a flexible solution and a technology insertion which integrates multiple serial I/O channels onto single board computers (SBCs) with PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) sites. Its efficient design packages 16 serial channels onto a single PMC. Additionally, this serial controller uses dual octal UARTs to increase overall performance through reduction of programmed I/O operations. This provides an evolutionary path for enhanced software, and ultimately protects customers who have already designed systems incorporating the previous-generation PMC423.

The SPR518 provides an upgrade path by offering a replacement for the existing SPR418A. This card is a short form factor PCI Express (PCIe) carrier for XMC modules, which allows for use with traditional PCs. The PCIe interface provides for unimpeded data transfer at the full rate supported by the mezzanine card, and is enhanced by a PCIe Gen3 Redriver. This enhancement allows for safe operation of XMC modules on PCIe mainboards, where previously the SPR418A could only support Gen2.

Abaco’s commitment to our customers expands beyond the life cycle of one product, and innovation doesn’t stop after it hits the market. Our team listens to our customers’ needs to develop solutions that will outpace current products and provide an upgrade path to avoid obsolescence in the long run. Both the PMC523 and SPR518 are evidence of that commitment, as they each deliver a clear upgrade path with solutions that will enable our customers to succeed,” commented Pete Thompson, VP of Product Management for Abaco.

Abaco’s PMC523 and SPR518 provide an elegant path to obsolescence management for users of previous-generation components. (Photo: Abaco Systems)

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