These Pigeon Point management components focus on the AdvancedTCA®, AdvancedMC™ and µTCA® architectures and address the overall shelf level as well as the individual board level. They benefit from our years of leadership in specification development and interoperability testing within PICMG®. Pigeon Point is also active with the Service Availability™ Forum’s Hardware Platform Interface (HPI), both with xTCA-tuned HPI products and in specification development.
These Pigeon Point management components focus on the VPX and ANSI/VITA 46.11 architectures and address the overall chassis level as well as the individual module or Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) level. They benefit from our years of leadership in specification development and interoperability testing, first within PICMG® and then throughout the development of VITA 46.11-2015, which was purposely modeled on the management layer of PICMG’s AdvancedTCA.
The Pigeon Point management components are the leading independent management component solutions for open standard modular/bladed architectures, worldwide. These solutions are also being used in customized platforms, some of which leverage those standardized architectures to take advantage of the worldwide ecosystem that supports them.
One class of potential custom architectures is bladed, with boards (or blades) that optionally mount modules, and are installed in a chassis, with management controllers at different levels, as shown to the right. This class of architecture tends to be chosen for larger systems that need the flexibility and expandability of a bladed approach. Some classes of customers use the term shelf instead of chassis.
This type of Pigeon Point management component implements the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) function in the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). It inherits the robust, massively field-validated IPMI implementation that is the foundation of the other Pigeon Point management components, but focuses on the BMC core functionality defined by IPMI, plus advanced extensions.