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F212 - PCIe Mini Card Carrier for Wireless Functions

3U CompactPCI

The F212 is a rugged single Eurocard CompactPCI carrier board supporting the PCI Express Mini Card standard or the ExpressCard standard for implementing WLAN, UMTS, GPS, GSM, HSDPA interfaces.

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  • F212 Product ImageConfiguration example F212 ExpressCard Carrier equipped with two ExpressCard/34 modules
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Main Features

  • 4 HP 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI
  • Up to 2 PCI Express Mini Cards
  • ExpressCard/34 or 54 modules optional
  • For cards with internal USB interface
  • For HF applications (WLAN, UMTS, GPS, GSM, HSDPA)
  • -40 to +85C with qualified components
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Technical Data

Card Interfaces
  • For Two PCI Express Mini Cards
    • With two SIM card holders (one for each PCI Express Mini Card)
  • USB interface
  • Please note that MEN does not offer SIM cards or mobile telephony contracts!
PCI-to-USB Bridge
  • USB 2.0
  • 48 MHz
Front Connections
Four Reverse SMA antenna connectors
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz PCI-to-USB bridge
  • V(I/O): +3.3 V (+5 V tolerant)
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5 V (-3%/+5% depending on plugged card), tbd max. w/o card
  • +3.3 V and 1.5 V supply voltage for cards generated onboard
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP or 8HP with ejector
  • Weight: 172 g (without cards)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C (screened, only carrier, depending on configuration)
    • Airflow: min. 10 m³/h
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300 m to +3000 m
  • Shock: 15 g/11 ms
  • Bump: 10 g/16 ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1 g/10..150 Hz
  • Conformal coating on request
2 038 459 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Conforming to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC1000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC1000-4-4 (burst)
Software Support
PCI Express Mini Card and ExpressCard drivers as supported


Card Slots
  • For two PCI Express Full-Mini or Half-Mini Cards (dual-use sockets)
    • With four SIM card holders (two for each PCI Express Mini Card)
  • For two ExpressCard/34 modules
  • For one ExpressCard/54 module
Cooling Concept
Also available with conduction cooling in MEN CCA frame
Some of these options may only be available for large volumes.
Please ask our sales staff for more information.

Ordering Information

Standard F212 Models

2 PCI Express Mini Card slots with USB interface, 4 SIM card sockets, 4 SMA connectors, -40..+85°C with qualified components (carrier only)

PCI Express Mini Cards
PX1N - GLONASS & GPS Interface

GLONASS & GPS PCI Express MiniCard, Dead Reckoning, -40 to +85°C

PX4 - Mobile Phone Voice Interface

Audio interface for mobile wireless cards, with SIM card holder, -40..+85°C screened

PX5 - USB HID to Stereo Audio Interface

USB HID to analog audio PCI Express Mini Card, 1 stereo input and 1 stereo output, conformal coated

PX6 - Security Smart Card Reader

PX6, Security Smart Card Reader, 2FF Card holder, PCI Express Mini Card connector pass through, -40..+85°C


System Examples

Telecommunications Measurement System

CompactPCI PlusIO telecommunications measurement system for unattended multi-channel probe units for mobile and fix communication systems and services

Mobile Multimedia Access Unit

Wireless embedded network control system for passenger information and security applications

Internet Access in Trains

Wireless Service System for Railways

Fanless service system for railways with Intel Core 2 Duo CPU card with dual Ethernet, dual USB and graphics

Application Examples

Wireless Service System

The wireless service system is based on the F19P CompactPCI PlusIO CPU board with an F212 PCI Express Mini Card carrier providing the UMTS and WLAN functionality and an F210 for GPS and serial I/O.

QoS Testing for Mobile Networks

This CompactPCI PlusIO based system is used for Quality of Service (QoS) testing of mobile networks all over the world.

Internet Access Systems

Modular 19-inch systems like 3U CompactPCI or CompactPCI Serial are ideal for internet applications in trains like infotainment, exchange of train diagnosis data or transfer of surveillance data.