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Jan 15, 2016

Fast Ethernet Interface Card for Train Control

BLUE BELL, Pa. January 2016 - The F305 network controller coming in 3U CompactPCI supports four fast Ethernet channels and real-time Ethernet functionality. Especially developed for rail applications, the card is equipped with robust M12 front connectors, operates in an extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and complies with the EN 50155 railway standard.

Real-time Ethernet Switch for Modular Train Control
  • 4 Ethernet channels, 100 Mbit/s
  • Real-time Ethernet capability
  • Optical isolation from other cards
  • Full EN 50155 compliance
  • -40 to +85°C qualified
  • Conformal coating
  • For rolling stock and wayside applications

Real-Time Ethernet for Modular Train Control System

The four fast Ethernet channels of the F305 network controller can connect over distances up to 100 m. The card supports full-duplex or half-duplex for 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX.

The F305 is available with or without a real-time Ethernet controller and extended connectivity, making it flexibly scalable to system requirements.

The one-slot CompactPCI card comes with robust M12 connectors, conformal coating, operates in an extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and fulfills the requirements of the EN 50155 standard. The F305 is the perfect companion especially in demanding rail systems for rolling stock and wayside.

Due to its robust characteristics and real-time functionality the F305 plays a central role as a reliable network component in the MTCS Modular Train Control System from MEN.

MTCS is the very first open computer platform for automatic train operation and protection. All components inside MTCS communicate via real-time Ethernet and are connected via a ring topology, allowing the devices to be controlled from two directions. This architecture tolerates single faults and considerably raises the safety of the system.


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