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January 22, 2009

One Stop Systems Intros PCIe MicroATX Expansion System

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

One Stop Systems (OSS), a provider of industrial-grade computing systems and components, has introduced the PCI Express (PCIe) MicroATX expansion system allowing both PCIe x4 and x8 cable expansion from an upstream host system.
In addition to x4 and x8 cable expansion, the system offers three PCIe x4 slots. Company officials said that the system features a PCIe x4 or x8 host cable adapter that installs into the PCIe connector on the host motherboard. Moreover, a 3-meter PCIe cable allows access to the host system.
One Stop Systems (News - Alert) designs and manufactures custom and semi-custom computing systems, disk arrays, and components for military, defense, and security applications and also for the converged communications and industrial control embedded markets.
The MicroATX Expansion System is part of an entire family of PCIe-over-cable expansion systems. The 20-slot expansion system is one of the larger systems of the expansion system.
Officials said that this 20-slot PCIe enclosure contains 1-SHBe (System Host Board) and 19 PCIe x4 slots with x16 connectors. The enclosure comes complete with a host cable adapter and PCIe cable.
“The MicroATX expansion system adds to One Stop Systems’ large family of PCIe expansion systems with a lower-end system ideal for limited IO expansion,” said Steve Cooper, chief executive officer at OSS.
One Stop Systems also offers custom and semi-custom computing systems in both commercial off the shelf (COTS) and MIL-standard form factors. In addition to providing rugged systems, the company also provides PCI Express-over-cable products for the embedded market.
Last year in June, the company unveiled two NEBS-compliant servers specifically designed to meet demanding telecom and datacom applications. The 1U (1.75-inch) and 3U (3.5-inch) high servers can be configured with dual Intel (News - Alert) Xeon quad-core processors and system monitoring capabilities.
Also, back in December, the company introduced the first XMC x8 Gen 2 host cable adapter, enabling high-speed expansion over a PCIe cable. The XMC is the PCI Express version of the PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) and is installed on a CPU board in a host system.

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

Edited by Stefania Viscusi