As a member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance (Intel® ECA), MEN enables Intel® customers to make use of Intel® Core™ and Intel® Atom™ based single-board computers (CompactPCI® and CompactPCI® Serial/PlusIO, VMEbus) and Computers-on-Modules (ESMexpress® and ESMini) in rugged and safety-critical environments as well as for long-term availability requirements.
For many years, Intel® Corporation has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel® introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel® supplies the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems, and software building blocks that are the "ingredients" of computers, servers and networking and communications products.
MEN has partnered with AMD to provide modern embedded graphics technology in rugged industrial systems. A new line of box and display computer electronics designed for harsh environments is powered by AMD's Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) that combine a microprocessor with a graphics system all on one chip.
AMD is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences. AMD's graphics and computing technologies power a variety of solutions including PCs, game consoles and the servers that drive the Internet and businesses. The company was founded in 1969 in Sunnyvale, California, where its headquarters is located to this day. AMD is a worldwide enterprise with more than a dozen research and development (R&D) facilities, nearly two dozen international sales offices, and manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, China, and Singapore.
MEN is a partner of the NXP Semiconductors N.V. Partner Program providing a large range of single-board computers based on PowerPC® processors, including PowerQUICC™ and the current QorIQ™ family. PowerPC® technology is a key factor in MEN's product strategy allowing board designs for extended temperature and long-term availability applications. MEN also uses the ARM® Cortex®-A9 architecture, especially to provide I/O flexibility for rugged computer-on-modules.
NXP enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries.
MEN is a Gold Status partner of Altera®, using their FPGA and PLD devices. Many recent MEN boards feature on-board Cyclone® FPGAs which allow incorporation of user-defined functions. Working with FPGA technology is a key factor in MENs product strategy – supporting highest flexibility, long-term availability and -40 to +85°C operation temperature.
Altera® Corporation is the world's pioneer of system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. The company combines the reprogrammable logic technology originally invented in 1983 with software tools, intellectual property (IP), and design services to provide high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. Altera®'s FPGAs are uniquely positioned to displace costly, high-risk solutions such as ASICs and ASSPs, and offer a viable, more flexible alternative to digital signal processors – delivering value to a much broader market than was previously addressed by programmable logic. Altera®s portfolio comprises industry-leading FPGAs, CPLDs, and structured ASIC products.
As a Wind River gold hardware partner, MEN provides VxWorks® Board Support Packages for the majority of its Intel® and PowerPC® based single-board computers as well as driver software for modular bus system and mezzanine based I/O cards. Moreover, Wind River has taken the lead to develop and support VxWorks® 6 Cert and VxWorks® 653 BSPs for MEN's DAL-A / DAL-B and SIL 3 / SIL 4 certifiable D602 and A602 single-board computers.
Wind River®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in nearly 2 billion products. Wind River offers the industry’s most comprehensive embedded software portfolio supported by world-class global professional services and support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.
MEN provides QNX® Board Support Packages and driver support for a range of its PowerPC® and Pentium® based single-board computers as well as for all M-Modules and PC-MIPs supported by MDIS.
QNX® Software Systems is the leading provider of superior real-time operating system software, development tools, and services for embedded design. For more than 23 years, QNX® has been serving the complex needs of the embedded market – with millions of installations worldwide – in mission-critical and life-critical environments. Developers rely on the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS to provide a highly reliable, scalable, and high-performance foundation for their embedded products. The QNX® Momentics® development suite enables teams to accelerate time to market through integrated tools, board support packages, and driver development kits – all for a wide range of development hosts, target processors, and programming languages.
MEN has partnered with Green Hills® to provide the highest-level security in OS technology. The INTEGRITY® real-time operating system is designed for use in embedded systems that require maximum reliability and absolute security. INTEGRITY® represents the most advanced RTOS technology on the market today. The operating system is supported on MEN's latest PowerPC® MPC8548 based CPU boards available on an ESM Embedded System Module and ESMexpress® platform as well as on VMEbus.
Green Hills® Software is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions and is the only company with an operating system certified and deployed to EAL6+ High Robustness (security), DO-178B Level A (avionics), IEC 61508 SIL3 (industrial) and FDA Class III (medical). Their open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions.
MEN has partnered with SYSGO regarding the PikeOS partitionable real-time operating system. PikeOS is based on a powerful microkernel developed according to the highest safety standards for use in safety and mission critical systems as well as standard embedded systems for which hard real time is mandatory. PikeOS is tested and released for MEN's D602 6U CompactPCI® safe computer and for the F75P 3U CompactPCI® PlusIO safe rail computer.
SYSGO excels as one of the leading European providers of embedded solutions, covering the whole spectrum from safety-critical real-time applications to solutions based on the open Linux operating system. The SYSGO team has become synonymous to both products and services of the highest quality and reliability.
Electronics Packaging Supplier
MEN uses 19" racks and components from Schroff® to build up standard VMEbus and CompactPCI® systems. For the majority of applications MEN and Schroff® cooperate to provide packaging solutions according to individual requirements.
Belonging to the Pentair Enclosurer Group Europe, Schroff® is a leading developer and manufacturer of electronic packaging systems for technologies such as electronics, automation, IT, and communication worldwide. The standard product range extends from cabinets, cases and subracks to power supplies, backplanes and microcomputer systems. Utilizing its product platforms Schroff® is able to offer customized modifications in a fast and cost effective way. Its extensive integration service combines both products and services providing complete packaging solutions with a true customer benefit.
Fieldbus & RTE Boards Supplier
In a new agreement with Hilscher, an industrial communication technology supplier, MEN is now able to expand the technologies offered to include CANopen, DeviceNet, Ethercat, EtherNet/IP, Modbus, Powerlink, Profinet, Sercos, Varan and Profibus on CompactPCI® fieldbus interface boards and PCI Express® mini cards, which will be sold as a part of our MEN systems.
Hilscher is an independent family company managed by the owner. They are internationally active and represented worldwide through their own subsidiaries. Their core competence is complex communication technology, which ranges from fieldbus systems up to Ethernet with various Real-Time extensions. Their goal is to have leading edge industrial communication technologies at their disposal over the entire value chain, with long-term availability.
Train Control & Monitoring Systems
In a new partnership with duagon, a leading train control and monitoring system supplier, MEN is now able to supplement their product range in the field of system solutions for railways, and enhance communication systems by integrating duagons Multifunction Vehicle Bus (MVB) into the modular 19-inch CompactPCI® systems, as well as the robust box and panel PC product lines.
Since 1995 duagon has provided high-performance train control and communication components, as well as intelligent TCMS (Train Control and Monitoring Systems) solutions for the world market. As an independent Swiss company, they cover technology development, engineering and in-house manufacturing all under one roof. They are considered a leader in the field of embedded communication and control systems, with a core competency in components used in rolling stock for railway.
MEN maintains a close relation with the Fachbereich Elektrotechnik-Feinwerktechnik-Informationstechnik (in close association with the ELSYS) for many years. MEN and FH Nuremberg exchange the latest knowledge in FPGA, PCI, microprocessor etc. technology, or work together on feasability studies (for example JPEG compression in FPGA). Students work on projects at MEN on a regular basis and university professors teach MEN engineers regarding the latest technical insights.
The Institute for Electronic Systems (ELSYS) of Georg-Simon-Ohm university Nuremberg is dedicated to applied research and development for electronic systems for measuring and control in mechatronic applications. Their focus is on modelling, stimulation and simulation, rapid prototyping and real-time emulation for test and design. ELSYS offers project work, development support, training and consulting for the fields of automotive engineering, communications, medical engineering, and others.
MEN cooperates with this semi-governmental institute when approved environmental type tests of boards and systems for rugged applications are requested. After successful validation of the product the LGA issues official certificates that can be used to achieve standard approval at the different industry standards bodies.
The name and brand of LGA stand for a modern enterprise for testing and other services. LGA (Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern) is the parent company – a public corporation headquartered in Nuremberg and having more than 30 subsidiaries in Germany and worldwide. LGA and the companies of its group work neutrally and independently for companies of all industries as well as for private and public customers. As a complete service provider, LGA inspects and certifies the safety, usability and quality of technical facilities, capital goods and consumer goods with respect to European and international requirements.