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F210 - GSM/GPS/UART Interface

3U CompactPCI

This product has been discontinued.

The F210 is a rugged single Eurocard CompactPCI GSM/GPS/UART interface that needs only one slot on the CompactPCI bus.

  • F210 Product ImageF210 Configuration example
  • F210 Product Image

Main Features

  • 4 HP 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI
  • GSM-R (Rail) EGSM 900 / GSM 1800
  • GPS according to NMEA 0183
  • GPS and GSM optically isolated from other functions
  • 2 UARTs via SA-Adapters
  • FPGA for further user-defined functions
  • 2 Reverse SMA connectors to external antennas
  • -40°C to +85°C screened
  • Conformal coating
F210 Product Image

Technical Data

GSM-R Interface
  • GSM-Rail: Global System for Mobile Communications - Railway
  • Frequency bands
    • EGSM 900, GSM 1800
    • Compliant to GSM Phase 2/2+
  • GSM class: Small MS
  • Transmit power:
    • Class 4 (2W) at EGSM 900
    • Class 1 (1W) at GSM 1800
  • GPRS connectivity
    • GPRS multi-slot class 10
    • GPRS mobile station class B
  • Data Services
    • GPRS data downlink transfer: max. 85.6 kbit/s
    • GPRS data uplink transfer: max. 42.8 kbit/s
    • Support of PAP (Password Authentication Protocol) and CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol) for PPP connections
    • Support of PBCCH (Packet Switched Broadcast Control Channel) for enhanced GPRS performance
    • CSD transmission rates: 2.4, 4.8, 9.6, 14.4 kbit/s, non-transparent, V.110
    • WAP compliant
    • Internet services: TCP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3
  • SMS
    • MT, MO, CB, Text and PDU mode
    • SMS storage: SIM card plus 25 SMS locations in the mobile equipment
    • Transmission of SMS alternatively over CSD or GPRS (user-defined)
    • MMS compliant
  • Fax: Group 3, Class 2
  • Onboard SIM card interface
    • Supported SIM card: 3 V
  • Coding scheme CS 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Optical isolation: 1 kV DC
  • One antenna connector at front panel
    • For the use of an external antenna
    • Rugged screw connection
  • Please note that MEN does not offer SIM cards or mobile telephony contracts!
GPS Interface
  • 20-parallel-channel GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver
  • GPS Band/Code: L1 frequency, C/A code
  • Integrated TCXO, RTC
  • Horizontal accuracy: better than 2.1 m (CEP) 5.2 m 2dRMS
  • Time To First Fix (TTFF):
    • Cold start: 34 s typ.
    • Warm start: 32 s typ.
    • Hot start: 0.5 s typ.
  • Sensitivity:
    • Acquisition: -155 dBm
    • Navigation: -157 dBm
    • Tracking: -159 dBm
  • GPS modes
    • TricklePower mode for power saving
    • Push-To-Fix mode
  • Protocol: NMEA 0183
    • SiRF binary messages: altitude, longitude, elevation, velocity, heading, time, satellite tracking status, command/control messages
    • SiRF binary interface: raw data
  • Antenna voltage supervision
  • 3GPP compliance
  • Optical isolation: 1 kV DC
  • One antenna connector at front panel
    • For the use of an external active antenna
    • Rugged screw connection
  • Two channels
  • Accessible via onboard connectors
  • Physical interface at front panel using SA-Adapters
    • Two SA-Adapters can be directly plugged within 4HP
    • Different physical layers depending on SA-Adapter: RS232, RS422, RS485 with or without optical isolation
    • SA-Adapters to be ordered separately
  • Data rates up to 115 kBaud
  • 60-byte transmit/receive buffer
  • Handshake lines: full support; lines depend on SA-Adapters
Front Connections
  • Two Reverse SMA antenna connectors
  • Two cut-outs for SA-Adapters
  • Standard factory FPGA configuration:
    • Main bus interface
    • 16Z057_UART - UART controller (controls in-system GSM-R/GPS communication and UARTs)
    • 16Z045_FLASH - Flash interface
  • The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality. See FPGA.
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz PCI-to-PCI bridge
  • V(I/O): +3.3 V
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • Depends on mounted SA-Adapters and used functions
  • +5 V (-3%/+5%), 1900 mA max.
  • +3.3 V (-3%/+5%), 850 mA max.
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel:
    • 4HP with ejector
    • 3U single-slot front panel for two antenna and up to two UART connectors
  • Weight: 170 g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C for all functions except GSM-R (screened)
    • GSM-R component only operable in -20..+70°C range (auto on/off)
    • 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): 2 g/10..150 Hz
  • Conformal coating (standard)
189 239 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC 61000-4-4 (burst)
Software Support
  • Driver software for Windows, Linux, VxWorks, QNX
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.



Interface configuration
  • Also available with GSM only or GPS only
  • Also available with standard GSM instead of GSM-R
GSM Interface
GSM 850 / GSM 1900 support
  • For operation in USA and Canada
  • Through different GSM component
  • Without railway qualification
Additional user-defined functions
  • I/O functionality customizable in FPGA
  • Three additional serial interfaces
    • Three additional SA-Adapters can be added within 8HP using a second front panel
    • For user-defined interface functions, e.g. CAN bus, IBIS, ...
  • Nios soft core implementation possible
    • With up to 16 MB SDRAM
    • For onboard intelligence
  • See also FPGA
For user-defined functions customized front panels are available on request.
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

SA1 - RS232 Interface Adapter

RS232, not optically isolated, 0..+60°C

SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, half duplex, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

SA3 - RS232 Interface Adapter

1 RS232, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

SA3 - RS232 Interface Adapter

RS232, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

SA25 - GPS Receiver Interface Adapter

GPS receiver, isolated, -40..+85°C screened




MDIS5 System (and Device Driver) Package (MEN) for Linux. This software package includes most standard device drivers available from MEN.


Windows Installset (MEN) for F210


Windows Embedded Standard 7 BSP for F19P, F21P, F22P, F23P, G20, G22, G23, CB70C, CB70, XM2, MM2, BC50M, BC50I, BL50W, BL50S, BC70M, BL70S, BL70W, BL70E, DC2, F205, F206, F210, F215, F216, G215, P506, P507 and P511


VxWorks native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART, 16Z057_UART and 16Z125_UART


QNX 6.3 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART


QNX 6.4 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART


QNX 6.5 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART

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.

WLAN Server for Company Buses

The Wi-Fi based CompactPCI WLAN server uses two PCIe Mini Card carriers with up to 18 SIM cards for passenger internet and information services in buses.

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.