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MEN Mikro F215 - 3U cPCI/CompactPCI® Universal Interface Board

Five Interfaces at Front, -40 to +85°C Operation


The F215 is a universal interface board based on 3U CompactPCI®. The physical layer can be realized individually for each channel by means of SA-Adapters.

SA-Adapters are small universal boards providing the line drivers for legacy serial I/O, fieldbus interfaces and other small I/O functions. Most SA-Adapters use 9-pin D-Sub connectors which are accessible at the front panel. Alternatively, the adapter can be connected to the front panel via ribbon cable. The SA concept allows to add additional I/O interfaces to the F215, enhancing flexibility with regard to the line transceivers and isolation requirements.

Two SA-Adapters can be mounted directly on the F215, the other maximum six adapters need more front-panel space and are connected to the carrier via ribbon cable. The F215 comes in a standard configuration with five pre-defined functions on 8 HP: two CAN interfaces, two UARTs and one 8-channel binary I/O interface. SA-Adapters are not included in the delivery, because different types are available, e.g. for the UARTs. They can be ordered as needed.

The board's I/O functions are realized by means of an FPGA, making it a very flexible, inexpensive solution for dedicated serial I/O. The card can become "everything" from a customized I/O combination to a specialized 8-port CAN card or even an intelligent I/O board including a Nios® soft core, on 4, 8 or 12 HP. The FPGA is loaded automatically after power-up from a 4 MB serial Flash. It is also possible to access this Flash from the CompactPCI® bus to update its contents.

The F215 is designed for use in rugged environments. For example, all components are soldered-on and are specified for an operating temperature of -40 to +85°C.



InterfaceDifferent variations possible through FPGA IP cores and SA-Adapters:
• RS232
• RS422
• RS485
• IBIS master/slave
• CAN bus
• Binary I/O
• The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality

Standard factory FPGA configuration:
• 16Z029_CAN - CAN controller (controls CAN X1)
• 16Z029_CAN - CAN controller (controls CAN X2)
• 16Z125_UART - UART controller (controls UARTs X3/X4)
• 16Z037_GPIO - GPIO controller (8 I/O lines on X5)

4 MB serial Flash for FPGA configuration
OtherFour status LEDs at front panel
• One status LED to signal FPGA configuration (interfaces ready)
• Three user LEDs, FPGA-controlled by 16Z034_GPIO controller
Connector(s)Accessible via onboard connectors
• Physical interface at front panel using SA-Adapters
• Two interfaces for direct onboard connection of SA-Adapters
• Up to six interfaces for connection of SA-Adapters via 10-pin ribbon cable

Standard factory interface configuration:
• 8 HP front panel with five SA-Adapter cut-outs for
• 2 CAN bus interfaces
• 2 UART interfaces
• 1 binary I/O interface
• No SA-Adapters included by standard; they can be selected as needed


Expansion32-bit/33-MHz, 3.3 V V(I/O)
Compliant with PCI Specification 2.2
ElectricalSupply voltage/power consumption:
• +5 V (-3%/+5%), current depends on mounted SA-Adapters; 200 mA without SA-Adapters
• +3.3 V (-3%/+5%), 150 mA typ.
MechanicalDimensions: conforming to CompactPCI® specification for 3U boards
Front panel: 8 HP with ejector
• For up to five interfaces
Conformal CoatingOn request
SoftwareDriver software for Windows®, Linux, VxWorks®, QNX®
Flash update tools for Windows®, Linux, VxWorks®
TemperatureTemperature range (operation):
• -40..+85°C (qualified components)
• Airflow: min. 1.0 m/s
Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
HumidityRelative humidity range (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
Relative humidity range (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
Weight175 g (w/o SA-Adapters)
VibrationVibration (sinusoidal): 1 g, 10 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 60068-2-6)
Vibration (function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
Vibration (lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
Shock15 g, 11 ms (EN 60068-2-27)
50 m/s², 30 ms (EN 61373)
MTBF383 944 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
Safety/CertificationPCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
EMCTested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC 61000-4-4 (burst)
Warranty2 Years

Ordering Details

8 HP FPGA-based universal interface prepared for direct connection of 2x CAN (first slot), 2x UART and 1x 8-bit GPIO (second slot) at front as standard FPGA content plus space for user-defined functions, -40..+85°C with qualified components (SA-Adapters to be ordered separately)
RS232, not optically isolated, 0..+60°C

RS422/485, half duplex, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

1 RS232, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

1 RS232, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

CAN ISO high-speed, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

8 digital I/O channels, -40..+85°C with qualified components, no RoHS

IBIS master SA-Adapter, -40..+85°C screened

IBIS slave SA-Adapter, -40..+85°C screened

GPS receiver, isolated, -40..+85°C screened