The VPX980 is based on the VITA 46.11 specification that uses the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and AdvancedTCA Specification by the PICMG as its architectural foundation. The Chassis Management software is derived from VadaTech's existing ATCA Shelf Manager by using core interfaces such as the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Remote Management Control Protocol (RMCP), Web Interface, System Management application (Scorpionware) and a user-friendly Command Line Interface.
The VPX980 has an option for JTAG Switch Module (JSM) and optional Virtual Probe, easing device access within the chassis for FPGA code developers. The JTAG ports from each VPX module are routed to the P3/P4 to support a total of 16 modules to provide maximum flexibility. The Module JSM is configured via either of the GbE ports (front or rear). The JSM could also be used as a standalone module, so multiple JTAG dongles are not needed within the chassis.
The VPX IPMC and Chassis Management solutions support VITA 46.11 Tier-2 command set, providing a higher level of functionality in the management layer and chassis cooling capabilities. The VPX management system also uses the HPM.1 PICMG Specification providing a framework for upgrading the IPMC firmware. The Module also has a 1000Base-TX via the front panel as well as GbE going to P1 as 1000Base-BX.