New slave SBC from MEN Micro Serves as Ethernet Diagnosis Buffer

F218 3U CompactPCI PowerPC-based slave CPU board simplifies ease of use and wiring requirements within embedded systems

MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, has released the F218, a 3U CompactPCI PowerPC-based slave CPU board that serves as an Ethernet diagnosis buffer.

The F218 helps to reduce wiring and installation requirements for easier implementation and reduced maintenance. Two Ethernet controllers within the FPGA enable the host to view the F218 as an Ethernet device, similar to a front connection of two CPU boards via an Ethernet cable. The use of FPGA technology enables the incorporation of additional user-specific I/O functionality into the board.

Built on the PowerPC Power Architecture, the F218's MPC8314 e300-based core is a cost-effective, low-power and highly integrated processor that makes the slave board ideal for a number of embedded computing environments found throughout the transportation, medical and industrial markets. The core processor operates at up to 266 MHz.

The F218 features up to 256 MB of soldered DDR2 SDRAM system memory with a bus frequency of 133 MHz as well as 16 MB of Flash as standard. An optional 1 MB of non-volatile FRAM is also available.

The card is qualified for operation from -40°C to +85°C and supports VxWorks and Linux as standard with QNX available upon request. The VxWorks board support package (BSP) boots in less than two seconds. MTBF, according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000), is 427,994 hours at 40°C.

Pricing for the F218 is $940 US in single quantities. Delivery is four to six weeks ARO.

For additional information, visit or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail:

About MEN Micro Inc.

Since 1982, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom board-level solutions used throughout industrial embedded applications and harsh environments.