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G215 - UART, CAN Bus & Digital I/O Interface Board

3U CompactPCI Serial

The G215 is a 3U CompactPCI Serial peripheral card offering different interface configurations for RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 UARTs, CAN bus or binary I/O.

  • G215 Product ImageG215 3U CompactPCI Serial Universal Interface Board
  • G215 Product ImageG215 3U CompactPCI Serial Universal Interface Board
  • G215 Product Image
  • G215 Product Image

Main Features

  • 5 interfaces at 8 HP front: 2 UARTs, 2 CAN bus, 1 digital I/O port<br />Other function combinations via FPGA IP cores<br />For protocols/physical layers like RS232/RS422/RS485, HDLC, CAN bus, IBIS, GPS, digital I/O<br />Physical layers via SA-Adapters<br />-40 °C to +85 °C<br />PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial peripheral card
G215 Product Image

Technical Data

I/O Interfaces
  • Different variations possible through FPGA IP cores and SA-Adapters:
    • RS232
    • RS422
    • RS485
    • IBIS master/slave
    • CAN bus
    • HDLC
    • Binary I/O
    • GPS
    • The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality. See FPGA.
    • Option matrix showing possible IP cores and SA-Adapters (PDF)
  • Accessible via onboard connectors
    • Physical interface at front panel using SA-Adapters
    • Two interfaces for direct onboard connection of SA-Adapters
    • Up to six interfaces for connection of SA-Adapters via 10-pin ribbon cable
  • Standard factory interface configuration:
    • 8 HP front panel with five SA-Adapter cut-outs for
    • 2 CAN bus interfaces
    • 2 UART interfaces
    • 1 binary I/O interface
    • No SA-Adapters included by standard; they can be selected as needed
  • Standard factory FPGA configuration:
    • 16Z029_CAN - CAN controller (controls CAN X1)
    • 16Z029_CAN - CAN controller (controls CAN X2)
    • 16Z125_UART - UART controller (controls UARTs X3/X4)
    • 16Z037_GPIO - GPIO controller (8 I/O lines on X5)
4 MB serial Flash for FPGA configuration
Four status LEDs at front panel
  • One status LED to signal FPGA configuration (interfaces ready)
  • Three user LEDs, FPGA-controlled by 16Z034_GPIO controller
CompactPCI Serial
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Serial PICMG CPCI-S.0 Specification
  • Peripheral slot
  • Host connection:
    • One PCI Express x4 link
    • PCIe 1.x support
    • Data rate 1 GB/s in each direction (2.5 Gbit/s per lane)
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +12 V (-5%/+5%), 0.125 A
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI Serial specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 8 HP with ejector
    • For up to five interfaces
  • Weight: 168 g (w/o SA-Adapters)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C
    • Airflow: min. 1.0 m/s
  • 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 (EN 60068-2-27)
    • 50 m/s², 30 ms (EN 61373)
  • Bump: 10 g, 16 ms (EN 60068-2-29)
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1 g, 10 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 60068-2-6)
  • Vibration (function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
  • Vibration (lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
529 954 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
  • Flash update tools for Windows, Linux, VxWorks
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


FPGA Capabilities
  • FPGA Altera Cyclone IV EP4CGX30 (Standard)
    • 29 440 logic elements
    • 1080 Kbits total RAM
  • FPGA Altera Cyclone IV EP4CGX75 (Option)
    • 73 920 logic elements
    • 4158 Kbits total RAM
  • FPGA Altera Cyclone IV EP4CGX150 (Option)
    • 149 760 logic elements
    • 6480 Kbits total RAM
  • For interface functions
  • 4 MB external Flash for FPGA configurations
  • Connection
    • Pin count on onboard SA-Adapter connectors: 64 pins
    • SA-Adapters are used to realize the physical lines.
    • Option: Connection via CompactPCI Serial rear I/O P3 and P4, pin count: 128 pins
  • Functional updates via software
    • MEN offers Flash update tools for different operating systems.
  • Option matrix showing possible IP cores and SA-Adapters (PDF)


Physical Layers
  • Via up to eight SA-Adapters
  • Different variations possible through FPGA IP cores and SA-Adapters:
    • RS232
    • RS422
    • RS485
    • IBIS master/slave
    • CAN bus
    • HDLC
    • Binary I/O
    • GPS
    • Other physical layers dependent on FPGA configuration
    • Option matrix showing possible IP cores and SA-Adapters (PDF)
FPGA Altera Cyclone IV EP4CGX30, EP4CGX75 or EP4CGX150, see FPGA
16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB DDR2 SDRAM, FPGA-controlled, e.g., as a buffer memory for more complex protocols
Rear I/O
Up to 128 I/O signals on CompactPCI Serial connectors P3 and P4
  • FPGA-controlled
  • Also for high-speed interfaces
  • In addition to SA-Adapter I/O
  • 4, 8 or 12 HP front panel dependent on number of SA-Adapters
    • 4 HP with 2 onboard SA-Adapters
    • 8 HP with 5 SA-Adapters (standard)
    • 12 HP with 8 SA-Adapters
  • One-piece front panel
Operating Temperature
  • Depends on system configuration
  • Maximum: +85°C
  • Minimum: -50°C
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 G215 Models

8 HP FPGA-based universal interface prepared for direct connection of 2x CAN (first slot), 2x UART and 1x 8-bit GPIO (second slot) at front as standard FPGA content plus space for user-defined functions, -40..+85°C with qualified components (SA-Adapters to be ordered separately)

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