MEN Micro Inc.'s F218 is 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 useful 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 to +85C 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 40C. Pricing for the F218 is $940
US in single quantities. Delivery is four to six weeks ARO.
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