20-Slot (18 VPX) 6U VME/VPX or CompactPCI COTS enclosure

The Macrolink Panther is a superior-quality, rugged chassis designed to meet a variety of fixed and mobile applications. Drawing on decades of design and field deployment experience, the Panther is crafted to provide outstanding configuration flexibility, long life, and dependable service.

ML-1900 Series Panther 20-Slot Convection Cooled Electronic Equipment Enclosure

The Macrolink Panther is a superior-quality, rugged chassis designed to meet a variety of fixed and mobile applications. Drawing on decades of design and field deployment experience, the Panther is crafted to provide outstanding configuration flexibility, long life, and dependable service.

A blend of machined, formed, and extruded components impart an exceptional degree of structural integrity, while significantly reducing the number of mechanical fasteners for increased reliability and ease of access to Field Replaceable Units. System boards and peripherals are easily accessed through two hinged “café style” front doors via a pair of finger-operated latches. Maximum door protrusion into operator space is a mere nine inches. All internal and external surfaces are chromate conversion coated with an exterior powder-coated finish providing maximum protection against corrosion. All materials and finishes are fungus resistant.

The Panther’s all metal card cage assembly accepts two to 20 6U VME/VPX, or cPCI boards, into a monolithic backplane. Ample, unrestricted, free space is provided to the rear of the backplane for paddle cards, sub-racks, and discreet backplane to bulkhead cabling. Over 88 square inches of panel space accommodates the densest of I/O configurations. An optional peripheral bay mounted behind the right hand door houses up to five fixed or removable, half-height SAS/SATA devices. The peripheral bay can also be configured with up to four high-cycle, shock isolated, removable SCSI drive modules for more severe environments.

Oversized, filtered air intake and precise baffling combined with high-efficiency fans insures generous airflow through the card cage and peripheral bay. A sophisticated thermal management option extends the Panther’s deployment capability to operating environments reaching -20°C ambient.

Complete EMI/RFI integrity is maintained with conductive interior surfaces, braided gasketing on service panels and front doors, conductive mating joints, and honeycomb-shielded vent screens front and rear.

Macrolink’s Panther is the ideal chassis to meet the stringent demands of airborne, field fixed, naval surface, and ground mobile deployments at an affordable price – with COTS delivery.

Specifications

Construction & Finish
  • Heavy gauge welded 5052/H32 aluminum
  • All internal/external surfaces chromate conversion coated per MIL-C-5541 Grade A Class 3
  • All external surfaces gray powder coat per FED-STD-595B26081
  • Other color/finishes available
Card Cage Assembly
  • All metal card cage assembly, IEEE 1101.10 compliant
  • Rapid access via hinged, front panel doors
  • 2 to 20 slot monolithic VME, VME64, VME64X (with or without J0) or cPCI backplane
  • Auto Bus Grant
  • Accepts 6U x 160mm cards
  • 3.54″ (90mm) front recess
  • Split, multiple or custom VME/cPCI backplanes
  • H.110 option
Switches & Indicators
  • Power mains with integral circuit breaker on rear bulkhead
  • Protected DC “Power Enable” switch on front panel
  • “Power OK” indicator – Green
  • “Fan Fail” indicator – Red
  • Optional Elapsed Time Indicator (reads to minimum 9,999hrs)
  • “Heaters On” indicator (for thermal management option)
  • “Battle Short” switch and indicator option
Power Supply
  • 250 watt to 1000 watt
  • Heavy duty, high efficiency supplies
  • Universal AC input; 50/60/400Hz; .99PFC
  • +5/+12/-12/+3.3 VDC outputs
  • 1 to 4 additional VDC output options
  • N+1 load-sharing option
  • 28VDC or 48 VDC input options
External Power Connector
  • MS3470L12-3P located on rear bulkhead
  • Other MS power connector options
  • IEC 321 or custom connectors
Chassis I/O
  • 7.42″H (188mm) x 11.93″ W (303mm) rear I/O panel space
  • 10″ of unimpeded clearance between backplane and rear chassis bulkhead
  • Shipped with mixed width blank panels
  • Custom I/O panels with cutouts, silkscreen, connectors and/or cable assemblies available
Peripheral Support
  • 1 to 5 fixed/removable SCSI/IDE/EIDE HH drives
  • 1 to 4 shock isolated removable High-Cycle (HC) SCSI disk drives
  • Single, split or multiple peripheral busses
  • SCSI bus isolation option
  • Differential/Single-Ended SCSI converter option
  • All peripherals rapidly accessible via hinged, front panel door
EMI/RFI Integrity
  • Braided gasket on all moveable surfaces
  • Conductive mating joints
  • Honeycomb vent screens front & rear
Dimensions
  • 15.72”H (399mm) x 19.00”W (483mm) x 25.39”D (645mm) including handles
Weight
  • 44lbs to 72lbs
  • 61lbs (20-Slot VME64X/1000 watt configuration)
Cooling
  • Evacuative, filtered forced-air with rear discharge
  • 300 CFM (free air)
  • High-pressure/high-altitude fan option
  • Washable/replaceable particulate filters
Ambient Temperature
  • Operating: 0°C to 50°C
  • Operating: -20°C to 50°C with thermal management option
  • Storage: -40°C to +75°C
Humidity
  • 0%-95% noncondensing
MTBF (MIL-HDBK-217E) MTTR
  • >80,000 P.O.H.
  • <.5 hours for any Field Replaceable Unit (FRU)
Environmental Qualifications Designed to meet:

  • MIL-STD-167
  • MIL-STD-810E
  • MIL-STD-704
  • MIL-STD-461D
Part Number 530102