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MEN Mikro F216 - 3U cPCI/CompactPCI® Octal UART Card

Eight RS232/422/485 Interfaces, -40 to +85°C Operation


The F216 is an octal UART I/O board based on 3U CompactPCI®. Two UART controllers provide four full-duplex serial channels each. The physical layers are integrated on the board: each of the eight channels can be individually configured as single-ended RS232 or differential RS422 or RS485. The default setting is RS422.

The UART controller supports high data rates up to 921 600 bit/s, depending on the physical interface type. Its register set is fully 16550D compatible, even with larger, 60-byte FIFOs.

Each channel of the F216 has its own 500V isolation, with all ports being available on one 78-pin D-Sub connector. An adapter cable is also available to spread the 78-pin connector to eight standard 9-pin D-Sub connectors.

The F216 is designed for use in rugged environments. For example, all components are specified for an operating temperature of -40 to +85°C. The card easily expands CompactPCI® systems by an additional eight UARTs on 4 HP where the CPU does not provide enough COM interfaces.



InterfaceEight RS232/RS422/RS485 UARTs
Default at start-up: RS422, can be customized through non-volatile state saver
Two 16Z125_UART controllers with four UARTs each
60-byte transmit/receive buffer
Handshake lines: full support with RS232
Full-duplex operation with RS422, half-duplex operation with RS485
Isolation between channels: 500V
Data RatesData rates:
• Up to 921,600 bit/s with RS422/RS485
• Up to 230,400 bit/s with RS232
OtherFour status LEDs at front panel
• One status LED to signal FPGA configuration (UARTs ready)
• Three user LEDs, FPGA-controlled by 16Z034_GPIO controller
Connector(s)Accessible on front-panel 78-pin D-Sub connector


ExpansionCompliance with CompactPCI® Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
Peripheral slot
V(I/O): +3.3V (+5V tolerant)
ElectricalSupply voltage/power consumption:
• +5V (-3%/+5%), 430mA
• +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 170mA
MechanicalDimensions: conforming to CompactPCI® specification for 3U boards
Front panel: 4 HP with ejector
Conformal CoatingOn request
SoftwareDriver software for Windows®, Linux, VxWorks®, QNX
TemperatureTemperature range (operation):
• -40..+85°C (qualified components)
• Airflow: min. 1m/s
Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
HumidityRelative humidity range (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
Relative humidity range (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
Vibration2g/10..150Hz (sinusoidal)
MTBF96,149h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
Safety/CertificationPCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
EMCConforming to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC1000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC1000-4-4 (burst)
Warranty2 Years

Ordering Details

8 serial interfaces via 78-pin D-Sub, RS232/422/485 hardware-configurable, -40..+85°C qualified
78-pin HD D-Sub to 8x 9-pin D-Sub cable, 1000 mm, -40..+85°C qualified