Curtiss-Wright Controls has launched a rugged Power and Control Module (PCM) board to help ensure the optimal performance, reliability and survivability of rugged deployed military subsystems.
Providing control and bridging to a system host via Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232 and CANbus, the rugged system monitor board's onboard software and logic can easily be programmed to autonomously manage a computing enclosure or platform, according to the company.
The PCM can also serve as a PMBus chassis management system to control fan controller boards (FCBs) and intelligent power supplies.
The module is said to speed and simplify the integration of system monitor software and hardware communications into rugged, embedded electronics systems.
Available for both conduction-cooled and air-cooled applications, these products are available for integration into Curtiss-Wright Controls' chassis level products.
The PCM is designed to monitor and control numerous chassis-level elements, including power supplies, fans, displays, front-panel controls and indicators.
It can also be used to interactively enable/disable chassis payload power systems, direct external/internal connected devices and issue controlled system resets with the communication or switch interfaces.
The PCM can manage up to 16 power supplies; 16 independent voltages; 16 temperature sensors; 16 fans; one humidity sensor; 16 general-purpose inputs; 16 reset controls; eight general-purpose outputs; three PWM outputs; one real-time clock; 20 status indicators and four control switches.
Measuring 3.1in (77.5mm) wide, 1.5in (38.1mm) high and 6.4in (161.3mm) deep, this compact module is designed to perform over the full military operating temperature range of -40C to 85C, as well as meeting demanding shock, vibration, humidity and other harsh military environment conditions.
PCM performance features include: rugged extended temperature power and control module for air-cooled and conduction-cooled applications; programmable systems for power supplies, thermal sensors, fans, humidity sensors and general-purpose I/O; user and administrative levels of configuration parameters; user and administrative levels of password protection; Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232, IC, with provisions for CANbus, redundant RS-232 and SPI; SNMP (V2/3), DHCP, NTP, Telnet and PMBus protocols; input voltage range of 10V DC to 36V DC per MIL-STD-704E and MIL-STD-1275D; input voltage not isolated from logic ground; management of up to four C-W fan controller boards; meets MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-704E; battleshort override and external I/O over-current protection.