Visualization and Management tool for MicroTCA



Overview and Purpose

NATview is an easy to use visualization tool for any MicroTCA system that includes a NAT-MCH. NATview allows the user to view at and manipulate the components of the MicroTCA system in a graphical way. Being operating system independent NATview runs on any host computer that is internal or external to a MicroTCA system and can be started from a USB thumb drive. Thus NATview is ideally suited for any system or support engineer to check and analyze the status of a MicroTCA system.

Operating System independent

NATview is a host based Java GUI suitable for any operating system which can execute an Oracle Java Run-Time Environment (JRE) v1.7 or higher, i.e. Linux, Mac OS-X or Windows. As NATview just recquires a JRE it is considered to be operating system independent.

Connecting to the MicroTCA system

NATview connects to the NAT-MCH using the Remote Management Control Protocol (RMCP) as requested by the MicroTCA specification. The RMCP host part is included in NATview, so no additional protocol support is required for the host. The MicroTCA system is identified by the IP address of the NAT-MCH. In case the IP address is unknown, the integrated address scanner can be used to scan for NAT-MCHs available within the selectable address range. The selected IP addresses can be stored in the initailization file of NATview.

Viewing and monitoring sensors

Once connected to a MicroTCA system, NATview will display a photo-realistic view of the chassis including the inserted Field Replaceable Units (FRU) such as Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMC), power modules, cooling units and of course the NAT-MCH. Moreover, NATview will display the sensors from the sensor repository in a tree-structured view. Klicking on any of these sensors will display its current status/value and depending on the type of the sensor also the defined thresholds, i.e. upper and lower non-critical, crritical or non-recoverable. NATview can be configured to periodically update the displayed sensor information and - if selected - to display the read sensor values in a trend diagram. This senseful feature can be used to monitor i.e. temperature or voltage sensors by dragging the sensor diagram onto the destop in a very elegant way.

Backplane and link viewer

The Backplane Viewer allows a user to look at the theoretcial and actually established connections in a connected MicroTCA system. The Backplane Viewer displays the available connections between the AMC slots and the MCH slot as provided by the backplane and highlights which of these connections are matching as per the e-keying process. Different colours indicate differnt protocols such as GbE, PCIe, SRIO or XAUI. Moreover, NATView can also display if any of these matching connections carries an established and working protocol link.

FRU Editor and Power Manager

In a MicroTCA system certain information about a FRU is stored in an EEPROM that is located on the respective FRU. The backplane FRU for example holds the information about all available connections between the AMC slots and the MCH slot and by which power source every AMC slot is powered. By default these EEPROMs are programmed by the respective vendor. However, sometimes it becomes neccessary to change some of the FRU data, i.e. for system configuration or final fine tuning. The optional FRU Editor contained in NATview provides the needed tool to manipulate the records contained in the EEPROM of a FRU, i.e. maximum power budget etc. The Power Manager which is part of the FRU Editor allows to view and change the so called Power Policy Records located in the backplane EEPROM in a very elegant way. These records are used to define a redundant and/or load sharing power configuration.

HPM Update Manager

The Hardware Platform Management (HPM) is a standardized protocol to update any programmable part of a FRU in side a MicroTCA system, i.e. FPGA images, EEPROMS, Flash memories etc.. Apart from the image to program the HPM update files contains information about which FRU and which part of it to update, any compatibility requirements and other neccessary information needed to ensure a healthy update. These HPM files are provided by the vendor of the respective FRU. The optional HPM Update Manager contained in NATview allow users to view the contens of an HPM update file, to select records from its content and then to perform an update of the resepctive part of the HPM compliant FRU.

Licensing model

The basic version of NATview is called NATview-EASY and is available free of charge with any purchase of an NAT-MCH. Licenses for the FRU Editor NATview-FE and the HPM Update Manager NATview-HPM are offered as separate add-on licenses to NATview-EASY. All licenses are personalized, however, please contact your sales contact for competitive bundle and corporate licenses.


NATview can accomodate the personal look-and-feel. Moreover, NATview allows the user to add own images for the photo-realistic display of AMCs and chassis and thus be easily adapted to even display custom components.

Family of MCH products

NATview can be used with an member of the NAT-MCH family of MCHs which consists of:
  • NAT-MCH supporting PCIe, SRIO (RapidIO), XAUI, GbE, USB, JTAG-Switch
  • NAT-MCH-PHYS80  with Zone-3 connector for connection to MCH-RTMs with optional LLRF backplane management support, optional optical PCIe uplinks
  • NAT-MCH-RTM-PCIEx16-UPLNK (copper PCIe uplink)
  • NAT-MCH-RTM  with options -BM, -FPGA and COMex-E3 (quad-core Xeon, Core-i7, -i5 and -i3 on request)
  • NATview



Key features
Technical details
Block diagram
Order code

System Overview

  • Tree structured sensor data including fans and temperatures
  • Animation of hot-swap process of AMC modules
  • MCH Scanner – finding MicroTCA system IP address in a network
  • New toolbar for easier access to most common functions


Events and Alarms

  • intelligent alarm monitoring and prioritization
  • logging of events, incidents and alarms
  • access to the system event log
  • Events can be filtered on event source and event type
  • Events can be saved to file (ASCII, HTML)

  • Display the current sensor values
  • Sensor threshold setting
  • Sensor value history with saving option
  • Sensor Autoupdate including trend diagram

FRU Information

  • FRU Editor - viewing and editing Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) information
  • Backplane Viewer – show connection between MCH and AMC resp. AMC and AMC
  • System Dump – collect system information easy as 1-2-3 with a single mouse click
  • Customization - easily add new system components, including custom designs
  • HPM Update Manager

Power Overview
  • Shows payload voltage and payload current for every AMC module.
  • Indicates failures due to exceed payload current requests.

System requirements

  • any processor family
  • any operating system with Oracle Java Run-Time Environment (JRE) v1.7 or higher


  • all known standard chassis
  • easy integration of customized MTCA chassis
  • easy integration of customized/non-N.A.T. AMC cards


FRU Editor

NATview - FRU Editor
  Backplane Viewer

NATview - Backplane Viewer

System Dump

NATview - FRU Editor
  MCH Scanner

NATview - MCH Scanner

Power Manager

NATview - Power Manager
  HPM Update Manager

NATview - HPM_Update Manager

Sensor Information

NATview - Sensor Information
  Sensor Trend Logging

NATview - Sensor Trend Log

Rev #
Date Last Modified
natview_ds Data Sheet pdf 415 kB 1.0 01-07-2014
natview_man_usr User's Manual pdf 4.5 MB 2.25 19-08-2016

Product Code: NATview - [Option]


-EASY Free license for the N.A.T. JAVA based visualisation tool for any µTCA system that includes a NAT-MCH. Software downloadable from FTP server, please request credentials using our contact form. -
-HPM add-on to NATview-EASY: personalized license for HPM-Update feature  can be combined with other NATview options
-FE add-on to NATview-EASY: personalized license for FRU-Editor feature  can be combined with other NATview options
-PRO five personallized licenses, includes options -EASY, -HPM and -FE -
-PROC corporate license, includes options -EASY, -HPM and -FE -


Rev #
Date Last Modified
NATView Java based GUI (Graphical User Interface) for monitoring and supervising MTCA systems. 2.25 26-08-2016