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F223 - Wireless Network Board for 2 PCIe and 2+16 SIM Cards

3U CompactPCI

F223 is a rugged 3U CompactPCI carrier for wireless functions like WLAN, WAP, UMTS, GPS, GSM, HSDPA, LTE supporting PCIe Mini Cards and up to 18 SIM cards

  • F223 Product ImageStandard F223 without front panel and PCI Express Mini Cards
  • F223 Product ImageF223 with front panel and PCI Express Mini Cards (to be ordered separately)
  • F223 Product ImageF223 with front panel and adapter board offering additional SIM card slots
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Main Features

  • 2 PCI Express Mini Cards (full-/half-size)
  • For wireless applications (WLAN/WAP, UMTS, GPS, GSM, HSDPA, LTE)
  • 2 or 3 external antennas per module (reverse SMA)
  • Different standard front panels available
  • Up to 18 SIM card slots
  • -20 °C to +85 °C, conformal coating
  • 4 HP 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI
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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)
  • PCI Express and USB interface
  • Individual reset and power on/off for each PCI Express Mini Card
    • Via GPIO lines of the PCI Express/USB controller
  • Up to 16 additional SIM cards on a special adapter board
  • USB-SIM socket for SIM emulator
  • Please note that MEN does not offer SIM cards or mobile telephony contracts!
Front Connections
Up to six Reverse SMA antenna connectors (front panel available as an accessory)
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz PCI-to-PCI Express bridge
  • V(I/O): +3.3V (+5V tolerant)
  • J2 connector with geographical addressing for distinguishing boards in a system with several boards
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5V (-3%/+5%), depending on plugged card, 1.1 A without PCI Express Mini Cards
  • +3.3V and 1.5V supply voltage for cards generated onboard
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP front panel with four SMA connectors available as an accessory
  • Weight:
    • 198 g (with front panel and PCI Express Mini cards)
    • 104 g (without front panel and PCI Express Mini cards)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -20 °C to +85 °C
    • Airflow: min. 1.0 m/s
  • Temperature range (storage): -40 °C to +85 °C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300 m to +3 000 m
  • Shock: 50 m/s², 30 ms (EN 61373)
  • Vibration (function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
  • Vibration (lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
1 224 236 h @ 40 °C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
  • Flammability (PCBs): UL 94 V-0
  • Electrical Safety
    • Insulation measurement test according to EN 50155 ( (railway)
    • Voltage withstand test according to EN 50155 ( (railway)
    • Information technology equipment test according to EN 60950 (information technology equipment)
    • Voltage withstand test according to EN 50124-1 (Annex B) (signal- and telecommunication equipment)
EMC Conformity
  • EN 55022 (radio and conducted disturbance)
  • IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD)
  • IEC 61000-4-3 (electromagnetic field immunity)
  • IEC 61000-4-4 (burst)
  • IEC 61000-4-5 (surge)
  • IEC 61000-4-6 (conducted disturbances)
Software Support
MEN Driver Interface System (MDIS for all supported operating systems)


Card Slots
  • Up to 22 SIM card holders (eleven for each PCI Express Mini Card)
  • I2S interface for audio signals (via digital audio I/O streamer)
    • I2S interface only with special non-standard PCI Express Mini Card
  • USB-SIM emulator
  • For two PCI Express Full-Mini or Half-Mini Cards (dual-use sockets)
Front Panel
  • Two or three antennas per PCI Express Mini Card
  • QMA instead of SMA antenna connectors
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 F223 Models

2 PCI Express Mini Card slots (USB and PCIe support), 2 SIM card holders, SIM expansion socket, -20 °C to +85 °C, conformal coating (front panel to be ordered separately)

Miscellaneous Accessories

Front panel, 4HP, with 4 SMA reverse connectors, -40 °C to +85 °C


Front panel, 4HP, with 6 SMA reverse connectors, -40 °C to +85 °C


Front panel 4HP, with 4x QMA reverse connectors, -40 °C to +85 °C


SIM card expansion board with 2x 8 SIM card slots, -40 °C to + 85°C, conformal coating

PCI Express Mini Cards
PX1N - GLONASS & GPS Interface

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

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

PX7 - PCIe Mini Card to M.2 Adapter

PCI Express Mini Card for converting PCI Express Mini to M.2 and PCI Express x1 to USB3.0, USB 3.0 extension for Box PCs, -40 to +85, conformal coated




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


MDIS5 low level driver sources (MEN) for F223


MDIS5 Windows driver (MEN) for F223

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