Welcome to the XTCA web

This is the TWiki home page of the xTCA Interest Group


The xTCA Interest Group has been established during the TWEPP2010 workshop in Aachen. Its mission is to further the exchange of information between developers of xTCA components (both H/W and S/W) for application in HEP experiments or accelerators. The membership is open to all representatives of non-profit organisations. Anyone who would like to join is requested to contact the convener: Markus Joos


It is planned to meet twice per year; either within the framework of a suitable HEP conference or virtually via EVO.

Past meetings

1st meeting

September 2010 @ TEWPP2010 in Aachen. Link to contributions

2nd meeting

March 2011 @ CERN: Link to contributions

3rd meeting

September 2011 @ TEWPP2011 in Vienna. Link to contributions

4th meeting

The 4th meeting took place at CERN on Tuesday, 17 April 2012. The agenda is available here.

5th meeting

The 5th meeting took place at on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 in Oxford as part of the TWEPP conference. The agenda with presentations is available here.

6th meeting

The 6th meeting took place at CERN on 9 April 2013. The presentations are available here.

7th meeting

The 7th meeting took place during the TWEPP 2013 conference on Thursday, 26 September at 17:00. The agenda with presentations is available here.

8th meeting

The 8th meeting took place at CERN on 17 March 2014 at 14:00. An slides of the presentation are available here.

9th meeting

The 9th meeting took place on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 14:00 in room 4-S-30. The agenda is here

10th meeting

The 10th meeting took place on Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 15:00 in room 13-2-5. The agenda is here

11th meeting

The 11th meeting took place on Thursday, 29 September 2016 in the late afternoon (~16:30 – 18:30) during the TWEPP 2016 conference

12th meeting

The 12th meeting took place at CERN on Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 15:00 in room 40-R-D10. The agenda is here

13th meeting

The 13th meeting took place at CERN on Friday, 27 April 2018 at 10:00 in room 13-2-5. The agenda is here

14th meeting

The 14th meeting took place at CERN on Friday, 10 May 2019 at 15:00 in room 6-2-24. The agenda is here

15th meeting

The 15th meeting will take place on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 15:00. At CERN room 13-2-5 has been reserved. Participation via Vidyo will be possible as well. The agenda is here

Mailing lists

All participants will be added to the xtca-news@cernNOSPAMNOSPAMPLEASE.ch mailing list. This mailing list will be used to announce information relevant for the members of the xTCA Interest Group as well as xTCA related announcements of interest to CERN based people. In case you have problems posting mails to this list (because you don't have a CERN account) please contact one of the conveners.

Project repository

We are encouraging all participants to upload some brief information about their completed, current and future xTCA related projects to this TWiki table.

Project name Type Short description Status Contact person Institute Link to further information
uTCA @ DESY various projects An overview of uTCA projects at DESY for the European XFEL Under development Kay Rehlich DESY Link to DESY
AMC13 MicroTCA MCH AMC (in MCH site) for clock/controls/DAQ functions Deployed in CMS and other Eric HAZEN Boston University AMC13 Page
APOLLO ATCA Platform for multiple ATCA blades Prototyping Eric Hazen Boston University APOLLO Page
GLIB mid size, double width AMC An evaluation platform and an easy entry point for users of high speed optical links Under development Paschalis VICHOUDIS CERN Web page
MMC_HW 28.5 x 20.5 mm mezzanine card for AMC board A mezzanine implementing the Module Management Controller functions required by the µTCA standard Available (as well as a ref. design) Vincent BOBILLIER CERN Web page
MMC_SW MMC SW for the Atmega128 the MMC mezzanine is based on SW implementing the Module Management Controller functions required by the µTCA standard, including HPM.1 support Available Julian MENDEZ, Markus JOOS CERN Web page
GLIB_MMC_TEST mid size, double width AMC An evaluation platform for the MMC mezzanine carried by the GLIB Under development Paschalis VICHOUDIS CERN Web page
WR MCH full size, single width MCH Used in the White Rabbit switch Under development Tomasz WLOSTOWSKI CERN Web page
MINI-T5 full/mid size, double width AMC Processing card for an upgraded Level-1 Calorimeter Trigger. Substantial connectivity:160Gb/s optical, 64Gb/s LVDS In system tests Greg ILES Imperial College London Web page
ALB mid size, double width AMC An AMC load board based on the CPPM MMC that allows to control and monitor on-board dummy loads for crate power and cooling test purpose. Available - In use for the evaluation tests of different uTCA crates Vincent BOBILLIER CERN Web page
uTCA evaluation Evaluations of commercial products Test various properties of commercial uTCA components Under development Markus Joos CERN project description
AMT mid size, single width AMC An easy to use MMC test board for the full functionnality testing of the CPPM MMC. Available - In use for testing MMC mezzanine cards Vincent BOBILLIER CERN Specification doc
MicroHAL Firmware+Software Provides Hardware Access Library (HAL). Modular + scalable design. Currently consists of IPBus, ControlHub and uHAL In system tests     WebPage
IPBus Firmware Provides firmware for R/W/RMW + Block R/W register/memory access over UDP/IP. Wishbone compatible. In system tests Dave Newbold University of Bristol WebPage
ControlHub Software Provides a uniform interface between the hardware access methods ( e.g. IPBus, VME , USB) and the higher-layer abstractions (e.g. MicroHAL). In system tests Rob Frazier University of Bristol WebPage
Redwood Software software layer which maps registers onto C++ objects. Can talk to the ControlHub or directly to IPBus devices. In system tests Andrew Rose Imperial College London WebPage
ATCA @ IPFN for Nuclear Fusion Several Projects Overview of several projects for nuclear fusion applications including ATCA IO boards and RTMs and a controller Several completed and several ongoing developments Bruno Soares Gonçalves IPFN-IST WebPage & Summary presentation
ABBA Various projects A set of boards for mastering ATCA and preparing upgrade of ATLAS LAr Back End electronics: ATCA Controller Mezzanine (hardware & software) + ATCA Test Board + ATLAS LAr ROD Evaluator Under development Guy PERROT LAPP LAPP presentation
Sirius BPM back-end double-width AMC Double-width AMC with dual high-pin count FMC slots for digital signal processing, data acquisition and feedback control in beam position monitoring (BPM) systems. Under development Daniel Tavares CNPEM/LNLS link
MP7 double-width AMC General purpose data processing with Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA & 740 Gbps of input & output optical bandwidth Available Greg Iles Imperial College London link
JSM AMC size (not AMC) JTAG Switch Module for CERN Scroff / Elma crates Development Andrew Rose Imperial College London link
TwinMux double-width AMC Optical data concentrator with Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA, Input: 72x1.6Gbps and 12x10Gbps, Output: 12x10Gbps Prototype ready Andrea Triossi INFN/CERN link
fwATCA Slow control A WinCC framework tool to automate and assist in integrating ATCA Chassis into the Detector Control Systems. Replaced by fwAtca for ATCA OCP UA (see below) Paris Moschovakos, Robert Reed CERN, University of the Witwatersrand Web page
BCP ATCA Barrel Calorimeter Processor - ATCA-based front-end interface Prototyping Stephen Goadhouse, Nikitas Loukas University of Virginia, University of Notre Dame BCP V1 Twiki
AtcaOpcUa Slow control OPC UA server for xTCA shelf managers In production Paris Moschovakos CERN link
fwAtca Slow control Framework component for AtcaOpcUa integration in WinCC OA In production Paris Moschovakos CERN link
fwAtcaFsm Slow control Framework component for AtcaOpcUa integration in ATLAS FSM In production Paris Moschovakos CERN link

Other information

Company presentations

Elma, 14.2.2013

XTCA Web Utilities

Topic attachments
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