Elma’s Type 39A CompacFrame accepts up to five one-slot VPX power and ground backplanes for plug-in cards on 1-, 1.2-, or 1.5-inch pitch designed for use with VITA 48.8 airflow-through (AFT) cooling. The platform facilitates new card and system design implementations and testing for a range of rugged environments, including electronic warfare (EW), C5ISR, target tracking and display, navigation systems, and threat detection as well as in-sensor payloads and image and data processing applications. With an updated, lightweight construction, Elma’s CompacFrame series is tilted up 5 degrees for easier viewing and plug-in cards insertion. User interfaces are designed for easy access, simplifying and reducing design time, and an integrated carrying handle ensures portability. The two other standard CompacFrames include a slimline version that accommodates open standards-based backplanes of up to four slots and the mid-range version, supporting up to eight slots aligned to The Open Group Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) Technical Reference Standard 1.0. VITA 48.8 helps reduce weight and cost for high-density, high-power dissipation of 3U and 6U module-based systems by eliminating the use of card retainers and ejector/injector handles and, instead, using lightweight jack screws for insertion and extraction into a chassis.