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October 27, 2008

AMFELTEC Intros PCI Express Cable Extender

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

AMFELTEC (News - Alert) Corporation, a privately-held company dedicated to the electronic design and engineering support of electronic manufactures, has announced its release of new PCI Express Cable Extender priced at $745.

The company says its new Cable Extender supports debugging and verification of x1 PCI express cards and connects to the host computer via standard CAT6 cable and PCI express interface card.

Its versatile platform allows easy access to the debugging board from any angle, allows the engineer to rotate it during operation and get the host computer out of the way. It is ideal for development and verification of PCI express cards.
The new module has overcurrent protection and provides access to the PCI express bus JTAG signals. By enabling access, JTAG signals the PCI Express Cable Extender and becomes a universal device to help support programming/loading of FPGA/CPLD during debugging and verification of PCI express cards. It provides mechanical stabilization (U.S. Patent 7,255,570) for add-in PCI express card and supports external power supply.

"By using the AMFELTEC PCI Express Cable Extender, the designer can easily have access to debugging boards from any angle, rotate them during operation from top to bottom and vice versa. And most importantly get the "noisy/bulky" host computer out of the way," says AMFELTEC Corporation President and CTO Michael Feldman (News - Alert).
"To support these unique futures, all control LEDs on the Cable Extender are duplicated (on the top and on the bottom side) in addition to a patented solution for mechanical stabilization of PCI express add-in card."
Standard package for PCI Express Cable Extender includes a user manual; full schematic; VHDL source code for on board programmable logic; software under Windows, Linux and FreeBSD OS and Device driver for supporting hot-swap expansion cards under Windows/Linux/FreeBSD OS.
AMFELTEC, recently introduced “PCI Expansion Backplane” and a “PCI Express Expansion Backplane.” Both backplanes have four expansion connectors, powered by a standard ATX power supply and connected with the host computer via standard CAT6 cable and PCI express interface card.
The company says that it will continue to develop new products built to enable design engineers to quickly asses their projects. The products also give contract manufactures and process engineers the ability to offer programming and engineering support for the designed products with relative ease.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Eve Sullivan

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