Know your Tech: MicroTCA
In part the reason for such use is that applications in spaces have very similar requirements of high communication bandwidth and high computing power in a small form factor; the minimum size of a single width module is only 2.9x 7.2 inches. MicroTCA allows a single backplane to incorporate 12 computing blades, which allows for a huge computing power with communication bandwidth capabilities that can range from 40 Gbits/sec to over 1Tbits/sec.
Some of the features that MicroTCA provides are:
1. Full compliance with the AMC.0 Module definition 2. Favorable cost, size and modularity 3. Cooling: 20-80 W per Advanced MC slot 4. Standardized Shelf management implementation compatible with AdvancedTCA 5. Scalable backplane bandwidth 6. Various backplane topologies: Star, Dual Star, Mesh 7. Massive data bandwidth on backplane via 1/10GbE, sRIO or PCIe serial interconnects 8. Scalable performance via multi-processor concept.