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P506 - Quad CAN Bus Interface PMC

PCI Mezzanine Card

The P506 is a mezzanine PMC with four CAN interfaces supporting CANopen and CAN Layer 2.

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Main Features

  • 32-bit/33-MHz PMC
  • Full CAN/Extended CAN
  • 4 independent channels
  • ISO high-speed coupling
  • Up to 1 Mbit/s data transfer rate
  • CANopen master and slave support
  • CAN Layer 2 support
  • Isolation between channels
  • Compliant to ISO 11898-1 and ISO 11898-2
  • -40 °C to +85 °C
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Technical Data

CAN Interface
  • Compliant to ISO 11898-1 and ISO 11898-2
  • Four channels
  • CAN Protocol Version 2.0A/B
    • Standard and extended data frames
    • 0..8 bytes data length
    • Programmable data rate up to 1 Mbit/s
  • Support for remote frames
  • 5 receive buffers (FIFO-scheme)
  • 3 transmit buffers with prioritization
  • Maskable identifier filter
  • Programmable loop-back mode for self-test operation
  • Signaling and interrupt capabilities for receiver and transmitter error states
  • 32MB SDRAM memory
    • Soldered
    • DDR2
    • 132MHz memory bus frequency
    • FPGA-controlled
  • 2MB non-volatile Flash
    • For FPGA data and Nios firmware
    • FPGA-controlled
  • Standard factory FPGA configuration:
    • Main bus interface
    • Interrupt controller, SMBus controller
    • 16Z029_CAN - CAN Controller
    • 16Z043_SDRAM - SDRAM controller
    • 16Z045_FLASH - Flash interface
    • 16Z034_GPIO - GPIO controller
    • 16Z034_PWM - PWM Pulse Width Modulation
  • The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality. See FPGA.
PMC Characteristics (PCI)
  • Compliant with PCI Specification 2.2
  • 32-bit/33-MHz, 3.3V V(I/O)
  • Target
Peripheral Connections
Via front panel on a shielded 50-pin HP D-Sub SCSI 2 receptacle connector
Electrical Specifications
  • Isolation voltage:
    • 500 VAC
  • Supply voltage/power consumption:
    • +5V (-3%/+5%), 240mA
    • +3.3V (-5%/+5%), 15mA
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to IEEE 1386.1
  • Weight: 78g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C
    • Airflow: min. 1.0m/s
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300m to + 3,000m
  • Shock: 15g/11ms
  • Bump: 10g/16ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1g/10..150Hz
957 834 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), IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC 61000-4-4 (burst)
Software Support
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • VxWorks
  • QNX
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


FPGA Capabilities
  • FPGA Altera Cyclone II EP2C35
    • 33,216 logic elements
    • 483,840 total RAM bits
    • Supports Nios II soft processor
  • Connection
    • Functions can be linked to Wishbone or Avalon bus
    • Available pin count: 46 pins (FPGA to USM)
    • Functions available via USM at front I/O connector
  • MEN offers a USM development kit and an FPGA Development Package as well as Flash update tools for different operating systems.


Nios soft core implementation possible (e.g. for real-time Ethernet)
Rear I/O
Via Pn4 rear I/O connector
Conduction Cooling
Some of these options may only be available for large volumes.
Please ask our sales staff for more information.

Ordering Information

Standard P506 Models

Quad CAN bus interface, 4 CAN cores, front I/O, for convection cooled systems, -40..+85°C with qualified components



The MDIS5 system package includes most standard device drivers for Linux available from MEN.


MDIS5 driver (MEN) for 16Z029_CAN (CANopen master)


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z061_PWM


Windows Installset (MEN) for P506


MDIS5 Windows driver (MEN) for 16Z029_CAN (CANopen master)


Windows Embedded Standard 7 BSP


MDIS5 driver (MEN) for 16Z029_CAN (CANopen master)


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


MDIS5 driver (MEN) for 16Z029_CAN (CANopen master)


MDIS4/2004 system (and device driver) package (MEN) for QNX, source code. This software package includes most standard device drivers available from MEN.


Data Sheets
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