Availability of Pigeon Point Adds Even Greater Flexibility to LCR Embedded’s Extensive Portfolio of Design OptionsLCR Embedded Systems today announced the availability of Pigeon Point shelf management for their customers, further expanding the company’s already extensive portfolio of shelf management options. While this new offering is most relevant to customers seeking to take advantage of the popular, high-performance AdvancedTCA form factor, Pigeon Point shelf management along with the company’s other shelf management options can be designed into other form factors where required.
LCR Embedded’s Pigeon Point Shelf Manager Carrier will be drop-in replaceable both mechanically and electrically with our existing VT014 carrier in our third-generation 6-slot and fourth generation 14-slot AdvancedTCA chassis. These chassis families will be fully dual redundant and feature hot-swappable fan trays in push-and-pull configurations and hot-swappable power entry modules capable of reporting voltage and current on each feed.
LCR Embedded is one of the few companies that support both Pigeon Point and Vadatech shelf management options, and offers customers chassis designs that support either in the same chassis. In addition, we offer VITA 46.11 shelf management for VPX as an option for customers who prefer to take advantage of that form factor.
“Pigeon Point is an extremely popular shelf management choice for our customers, and we’re delighted to accept opportunities that require it,” said LCR Embedded Systems President David Pearson. “We’re already well known for the variety of unique and reliable solutions we create using standards-based COTS products for all kinds of deployment environments, and this new shelf management offering enhances that reputation. Our engineers are ready to help our customers choose the best of available shelf management and other design options based on requirements.”
The overall responsibility of a system’s shelf manager is to manage and monitor the overall operation of the shelf, including the FRU (field-replaceable unit) population and power, cooling and interconnect resources and their usage, as well as events that may be generated by exception conditions in the shelf. This also includes negotiating assignments for power and interconnect resources when a shelf is powered up or down or when a FRU arrives or departs, and responding to events in the shelf. For instance, in response to temperature exceeding a pre-set value, the shelf manager might raise the fan levels or, if that step is not sufficient, even start powering down FRUs to reduce the heat load in the shelf.