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F21P - Embedded Single Board Computer with Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7

3U CompactPCI PlusIO

The F21P is an x86 PC based embedded computer for industrial automation and railway transportation, featuring the 2th generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core family up to the i7-2715EQ processor. The SBC is compliant with the PICMG 2.30 standard and as such a perfect migration path from CompactPCI to CompactPCI Serial.

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  • F21P Product ImageF21P 3U CompactPCI PlusIO Intel Core i7 CPU Board
  • F21P Product ImageF21P front view
  • F21P Product ImageF21P – 3U CompactPCI® PlusIO (2nd Gen) Intel® Core i7 SBC
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  • F21P Product Image

Main Features

  • Intel Core i7, 2nd generation
  • Quad-core 64-bit processor
  • For CompactPCI 2.0 systems or CompactPCI PlusIO 2.30 hybrid systems (2.0 and CPCI-S.0)
  • Up to 16 GB DDR3 DRAM soldered, ECC
  • microSD card and mSATA slots
  • Front I/O: VGA, 2 Gbit Ethernet, 2 USB
  • Rear I/O: 4 PCIe, 4 USB, 4 SATA, 1 Gbit Ethernet
  • Other I/O (onboard, side card): SATA, SDVO, HDMI/Display Port, HD audio, USB, UART etc.
  • 2.0 to 3.0 GHz Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, Active Management Technology
  • Open CL 1.1 support
F21P Product Image

Technical Data

  • Intel Core i7-2715QE
    • Up to 2.1 GHz processor core frequency
    • 3 GHz maximum turbo frequency
  • Chipset
    • Intel QM67 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
  • Up to 6 MB last level cache integrated in i7
  • Up to 16 GB SDRAM system memory
    • Soldered
    • DDR3 with ECC support
    • 1066/1333/1600 MHz memory bus frequency
  • 64 Mbits boot Flash
  • Serial EEPROM 2kbits for factory settings
Mass Storage
  • microSD card interface
    • Connected via one USB port
  • mSATA disk slot
    • Connected via one SATA channel
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
    • Four channels via rear I/O, one channel via side-card connector, one channel for mSATA disk
    • 4 SATA 3 Gbit/s interfaces, 2 SATA 6 Gbit/s interfaces (rear I/O)
    • RAID level 0/1/5/10 support
  • Integrated in QM67 chipset
    • 650 MHz graphics base frequency
    • 1.2 GHz graphics maximum dynamic frequency
  • VGA connector at front panel
  • Two digital display interface ports available via side-card connector
    • DisplayPort, HDMI and SDVO (SDVO only on one interface)
    • One additional DVI connector at front panel optional via side card
    • Simultaneous connection of two monitors
  • USB
    • Two USB 2.0 ports via Type A connectors at front panel
    • Four USB 2.0 ports via side-card connector
    • Four USB 2.0 ports via rear I/O
    • One USB for connection of microSD
    • UHCI implementation
    • Data rates up to 480 Mbit/s
  • Ethernet
    • Two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels at the front
    • RJ45 connectors at front panel
    • Ethernet controllers are connected by two x1 PCIe links
    • Onboard LEDs to signal activity status and connection speed
    • One 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channel via rear I/O
    • Ethernet controller is connected by one x1 PCIe link
  • High Definition (HD) audio
    • Accessible via side-card connector
Front Connections (Standard)
  • VGA
  • Two USB 2.0 (Type A)
  • Two Ethernet (RJ45)
Rear I/O (PICMG 2.30)
  • Four SATA
  • Four USB
  • One Gigabit Ethernet (second rear interface instead of one front interface as an assembly option)
  • Four PCI Express x1 links
  • Compatible with PICMG 2.30 CompactPCI PlusIO
    • 1PCI33/4PCIE5/2SATA3/2SATA6/4USB2/1(2)ETH1G
  • Board controller
  • Real-time clock, buffered by a GoldCap or alternatively a battery (5 years life cycle)
  • Watchdog timer
  • Temperature measurement
  • One user LED
  • Reset button
PCI Express
  • Three x1 links to connect local 1000Base-T Ethernet controllers
    • Data rate 250 MB/s in each direction (2.5 Gbit/s per lane)
  • Four x1 links via rear I/O
    • Data rate up to 500 MB/s in each direction (5 Gbit/s per lane)
  • Three x1 links for extension through side-card connector
    • Data rate up to 500 MB/s in each direction (5 Gbit/s per lane)
CompactPCI Bus
  • Connection via PCI Express link from processor using PCI-Express-to-PCI-Bridge
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • System slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI bus
  • V(I/O): +3.3V (+5V tolerant)
Busless Operation
  • Board can be supplied with +5V only, all other voltages are generated on the board
  • Backplane connectors used only for power supply
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption (board versions with i7-2715QE processor)
  • +5V (-3%/+5%), 9.6 A typ., 14.4 A max.
  • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 1.8 A (3 Gb Ethernet), 1.4 A (2 Gb Ethernet), 1 A (1 Gb Ethernet)
  • +12V (-10%/+10%), approx. 10 mA
  • If the board is supplied with 5V only (typically without a bus connection), the 3.3V are generated on the board and fed to the backplane (3A max.) No external 3.3 V voltage may be applied in that case!
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP with ejector
  • Weight: 204 g (w/o heat sink)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • Depends on system configuration (CPU, hard disk, heat sink...)
    • Maximum: +85°C
    • Minimum: -40°C (all processors)
    • Conditions: airflow 1.5m/s, typical power dissipation: 12 W (board versions with i7-2715QE processor) with Windows XP operating system and 1 Gb Ethernet connection
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300m to + 2,000m
  • Shock: 50 m/s², 30 ms
  • Vibration (Function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz
  • Vibration (Lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz
417,879 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF2000)
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC 61000-4-3 (electromagnetic field immunity), IEC 61000-4-4 (burst) and IEC 61000-4-6 (conducted disturbances)
BIOS/Boot Loader
InsydeH2O UEFI Framework
Intel Active Management Technology
  • Manageability Engine in Chipset
  • Network Filters in Chipset
  • Dedicated Flash Storage Area
  • Out of Band (OOB) Access
    • Power off Access
    • Independent of OS status
    • Power status control
    • Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) Viewer (VNC-compatible)
    • IDE-Redirect
    • Serial-over-LAN
Software Support
  • Note that 64-bit hardware technology can be used in an optimal way with 64-bit operating system support
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • VxWorks (on request)
  • QNX (on request)
  • Intel Virtualization Technology, allows a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions; one computer system can function as multiple "virtual" systems
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


  • Intel Core i7-2715QE, 2.1 GHz, 6 MB Cache, 45 W
  • Intel Core i7-2655LE, 2.2 GHz, 4 MB Cache, 25 W
  • Intel Core i7-2610UE, 1.5 GHz, 4 MB Cache, 17 W
  • Intel Core i5-2515E, 2.5 GHz, 3 MB Cache, 35 W
  • Intel Core i3-2340UE, 1.3 GHz, 3 MB Cache, 17 W, no AMT
  • Intel Core i3-2310E, 2.1 GHz, 3 MB Cache, 35 W, no AMT
  • Intel Celeron B810E, 1.6 GHz, 2 MB Cache, 35 W, no AMT
  • Intel Celeron 847E, 1.1 GHz, 2 MB Cache, 17 W, no AMT
  • Intel Celeron 827E, 1.4 GHz, 1.5 MB Cache, 17 W, no AMT
  • System RAM
    • Up to 16 GB
  • microSD card
    • 0 MB up to maximum available
  • mSATA disk
    • 0 MB up to maximum available
One DVI-D connector at front via side card
  • Simultaneous connection of two monitors
  • Ethernet
    • 9-pin D-Sub connector with one or two 10/100Base-T ports instead of two RJ45 connectors
    • Second Ethernet at rear I/O connector J2 instead of one interface at the front
  • Rear I/O
    • VGA on CompactPCI J2 connector as an assembly option for the conduction-cooled board version
    • VBATT on CompactPCI J1 connector as an assembly option for the conduction-cooled board version
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip assembled as an option
Side card can be added at left or right side of CPU
Operating Temperature
  • Depends on system configuration (CPU, hard disk, heat sink...)
  • Maximum: +85°C
  • Minimum: -40°C (all processors)
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

Systems & Card Cages

MEN delivers turn-key systems completely installed (hardware, operating system, accessories), wired and tested. Different rack sizes, power supplies and backplanes on request.
For details please contact your local sales representative.

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CT12 - Rear I/O Transition Module

CompactPCI PlusIO rear transition module 3U/80mm, 2 Ethernet, 4 USB, 4 SATA, 4 PCIe x1, -40°C..+85°C qualified

F600 - Side Card for SATA/Legacy I/O

2 COM extensions and SATA hard disk slot, for F14 and compatible SBCs, -40..+85°C screened

Mass Storage

MicroSD card, 4 GB, -40°C to +85°C

Miscellaneous Accessories

Extension board to adapt 3U CompactPCI or CompactPCI Serial (CPCI-S.0) boards to 6U format; for evaluation purposes



MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for board management controller on MEN Intel CPUs


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for generic SMBus driver


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


Windows XP Embedded BSP (MEN) for F11S, F14, F15, F17, F18, F19P, F21P, G20, XM1, XM1L, XM2, MM1, MM2, DC1, DC2, DC13, RC1, BC50I, BC50M, BL50W and BL50S


Windows 7/Vista 64-bit graphics driver (Intel) for F21P


Windows Embedded Standard 7 BSP


Windows 7/Vista 32-bit graphics driver (Intel) for F21P


Windows XP 32-bit graphics driver (Intel) for F21P and G22


Windows Installset (MEN) for F21P and F22P


Windows chipset driver (Intel) for F14, F15, F17, F18, F18E, F19P, F21P, F22P, G20, G22, XM2, CB70C, D9, D6, D7, D601, A19 and A20


Windows USB2UART driver (FTDI) for F14, F15, F17, F18, F19P, F21P, F22P, F23P, D9, A19, A20, XM2 and XM50 / XM51 / F50P / F50C hosts


Windows HD Audio driver (Realtek) for F14, F15, F17, F18, F19P, F21P, F22P, F23P, D9 and A19


Windows 32-bit network driver (Intel)


Windows 64-bit network driver (Intel)


Windows Intel Management Engine Driver (Intel) for F21P

This product includes a specially adapted BIOS.

MEN Firmware Update Package (Intel Management Engine) for F21P, F21C


Intel software development products such as analyzers, compilers, threading tools etc. can be downloaded under www.intel.com/cd/software/products/asmo-na/eng/index.htm.
IA-32 Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manuals are available under www.intel.com/products/processor/manuals/index.htm.

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