CompactPCI and CompactPCI Serial

Standard for high-end Systems in 19-inch Technology with passive Backplane for high Performance, Robustness and Reliability Requirements

Well-proven industrial Standard

The CompactPCI® standard has proven itself in industry over many years. Its robustness and individual configuration options have contributed to its success. This is made possible by the defined standards of the user organization PICMG® and the flexible choice of manufacturers for the individual components.


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Current Technology: CompactPCI Serial

The CompactPCI Serial standard integrates the latest PCI Express®, SATA, USB and Ethernet technologies into the backplane. CompactPCI Classic and CompactPCI Serial can be connected via the CompactPCI PlusIO standard. This enables the migration of the technologies.

CompactPCI has many Advantages

  • Robust base design (IEEE 1101 / 19" systems)
  • Wide product range
  • Manufacturer independent due to universal standards
  • Wide operating system support
  • Full support for many versions of QNX® and VxWorks® operating systems - BSPs available
  • Scalable from small units up to large systems
  • Up-to-date bus technologies

Comparison of current Standards

CompactPCI Classic Concept

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  • Standard: PICMIG CompactPCI 2.0
  • PCI specification 2.1
  • max. 8 slots per (33 MHz) segment
  • 32 bit / 64 bit
  • 33 MHz / 66 MHz
  • IO voltage: 3.3 V only / 5 V only / Universal
  • Voltages: 3.3 V / 5 V / ±12 V

CompactPCI PlusIO Concept

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  • Standard: PICMIG CompactPCI PlusIO 2.30
  • Migration concept from Classic zu Serial
  • CompactPCI Classic CPU with PlusIO support
  • 7x slots 32 bit CompactPCI Classic
  • 1x slot CPU CompactPCI PlusIO
  • 4x slots for CompactPCI Serial
    • 4x PCIex1
    • 4x USB2
    • 4x SATA
    • 2x Ethernet

CompactPCI Serial Concept

Ansicht Backplane CompactPCI Serial Konzept
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  • Standard: PICMIG CPCI-S.0
  • Voltage: +12 V
  • 9x slots for
    • 8x USB2/3
    • 6x PCIe(x4) + 2x PCIe(x8)
    • 8x SATA
    • 8x Ethernet

Our Products and Services

  • Support of CompactPCI Classic, PlusIO and Serial
  • Peripheral cards for fieldbus systems such as CAN, EtherCAT®, PROFINET® and PROFIBUS®
  • Analog and digital IO peripheral cards
  • Powerful CPU cards
  • Broad operating system support (e.g. Windows®, Linux®, QNX® and VxWorks®)
  • Complete system configuration and application design
  • Rapid custom development

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Our CompactPCI and CompactPCI Serial Products


The ECS-CPCIs/FPGA is an EtherCAT Slave Controller board designed for the CompactPCI Serial bus (CPCIs). It utilizes an Ethernet Slave IP-Core, which is implemented in an Intel® FPGA

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