MEN F218

Manufacturer: duagon MEN
MEN F218

The F218 is a 3U 4HP CompactPCI® slave CPU card which can be used as an Ethernet diagnosis buffer. It communicates with the host CPU board via Ethernet. The F218's processor is connected to the CompactPCI® bus via the FPGA. The connection is realized via two Ethernet controllers inside the FPGA so that the host CPU board sees the F218 as an Ethernet device. This kind of connection is similar to a front connection of 2 CPU boards via Ethernet cable.

The F218 is controlled by the PowerPC® MPC8314, an e300 core processor with a performance of up to 266 MHz. The core is built on Power Architecture technology and is a cost-effective, low-power, highly integrated processor that addresses the requirements of industrial applications.

For memory, the F218 offers 256 MB DDR2 SDRAM, 16 MB Flash and optionally 1 MB non-volatile FRAM.

Two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and one serial interface which is realized via an additional SA-Adapter are available at the front panel. As an option, the onboard FPGA offers the possibility to realize an additional Fast Ethernet and two UART interfaces which can be accessed via SA-Adapters on a second front panel slot.

The F218 is qualified for operation in a -40°C to +85°C temperature range. It operates in VxWorks® and Linux environments and is supported by the U-Boot Universal bootloader. The board boots a VxWorks®-supported BSP in less than 2 seconds.


ExpansionCompliance with CompactPCI® Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
Peripheral slot
V(I/O): +3.3 V

Board can be supplied with +5 V only, all other voltages are generated on the board
Backplane connectors used only for power supply
ElectricalSupply voltage/power consumption:
• +5 V (-3%/+5%), tbd typ./max.
MechanicalDimensions: conforming to CompactPCI® specification for 3U boards
Front panel: 4 HP / 8 HP with ejector
Conformal CoatingOn request
SoftwareLinux (in preparation)
VxWorks® (in preparation)
QNX® (on request)
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
Weight166 g (w/o heat sink and SA-Adapter)
Vibration(sinusoidal): 1g/10..150Hz
MTBF427,994h @ 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


CPU SpecPowerPC® MPC8314 PowerQUICC™ II Pro
• 266 MHz
Memory256 MB SDRAM system memory
• Soldered
• 133 MHz memory bus frequency
16 MB Flash
1 MB non-volatile FRAM optional
Serial EEPROM 2 KB for factory settings
4 MB SPI Flash (FPGA-controlled)
• Two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels
• One 10/100Base-T Ethernet channel (optional, FPGA-controlled, on 4-pin Lemo connector)
• RJ45 connector at front panel
• Two status LEDs for each channel
SerialOne RS232 or RS422 UART via SA-Adapter
• D-Sub connector at front panel
• Via 10-pin onboard connector
• Data rates up to 230,400 bit/s
• Handshake lines: DTR, RTS, CTS
Front I/OTwo Ethernet (RJ45)
COM1 (D-Sub)
Other80 GPIO lines from FPGA
• Accessible via J2 rear I/O connector
• The FPGA offers the possibility to realize additional I/O functionality. See datasheet
CommonSupply voltage supervision
Four programmable user LEDs
BIOSU-Boot Universal Boot Loader



PowerPC® MPC8314, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 256 MB DRAM, 16 MB Flash, -40..+85°C with qualified components

All three Ethernet (10/100MBit/s) interfaces via 4-pin Lemo connectors (up to 3 on 4HP front panel)
2 additional FPGA interfaces via MEN SA-Adapters (e.g. CAN, IBIS, UART, binary I/O) on 8HP front panel
80 I/O lines from FPGA for user-defined functionality on CompactPCI® J2 connector
RS232, not 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
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