Artesyn extends rail computing platform

Artesyn Embedded Technologies has extended its portfolio of SIL4 COTS computing systems for rail safety applications, with the launch of the ControlSafe Carborne Platform.

Designed for onboard applications such as automatic train protection (ATP), automatic train operation (ATO), and positive train control (PTC), the platform can also be used in wayside train control and rail signalling implementations. The platform leverages the same safety architecture and technologies as Artesyn’s ControlSafe Platform and ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform, to provide an integrated and cost-effective solution for rail system integrators and rail application providers.

The first two platforms in the portfolio have been certified to SIL4, while SIL4 certification of the ControlSafe Carborne Platform is expected in Q3 2017.

Housed in a 4U chassis with front access I/O and a DC power supply, the ControlSafe Carborne Platform can accommodate up to 12 I/O modules and a variety of I/O types. An innovative data lock step architecture, used in all Artesyn ControlSafe Platforms, allows customers to make seamless technology upgrades while a hardware-based voting mechanism allows for application software transparency.

Designed to meet rail functional safety, reliability and availability requirements, the platform can be deployed in safety application environments and can save customers a significant amount of time, cost and risk associated with the system development and certification process by using a COTS product.

The ControlSafe Carborne Platform is designed as a common base platform to enable a variety of applications through the integration of Artesyn IOU modules.

Customers can also develop IOU modules and specify I/O backplane connectivity to meet their specific needs as Artesyn can provide all the necessary technical specifications, product support and service.

Neil Tyler