MEN Micro Inc. said it has announced the establishment of a new working group within the PICMG standards association focused on extending CompactPCI Serial technology to space applications.
The new working group, Space CompactPCI Serial was initiated by PICMG member companies and well-known industry leaders, such as Airbus Defense & Space, Thales Alenia Space, and STI Spacetech.
It is being assembled by Manfred Schmitz, CEO of MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH, the parent company of MEN Micro Inc., the North American subsidiary.
The sub-committee is currently seeking additional companies to contribute to the planning and development of the new Space CompactPCI Serial standard.
This group will focus on topics that include fault detection, environmental requirements unique to the space environment, provisions for high availability and the addition of serial interfaces such as SpaceWire, TT-Ethernet and Rapid I/O for inter-board communication.
Since its founding, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom computing solutions that employ the highest technology levels. The company´s computing solutions are used in harsh, mobile, and mission- and safety-critical environments found in the transportation (rail, road, air, sea) and industrial (automation, power & energy, medical) markets.