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F216 - High-Speed Octal UART Interface Board

3U CompactPCI

The F216 is an octal UART I/O board based on 3U CompactPCI. Two UART controllers provide four full-duplex serial channels each.

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  • F216 Product Image

Main Features

  • Octal 16550 UART
  • RS232/422/485, isolated
  • Large receive and transmit FIFOs
  • Very high data rates up to 921 600 bit/s
  • Full handshake support
  • Hardware flow control for RS485 half duplex
  • -40°C to +85°C with qualified components
F216 Product Image

Technical Data

UART Interfaces
  • Eight RS232/RS422/RS485 UARTs
  • Software-configurable
  • Default at start-up: RS422, can be customized through non-volatile state saver
  • Two 16Z125_UART controllers with four UARTs each
  • Data rates:
    • Up to 921,600 bit/s with RS422/RS485
    • Up to 230,400 bit/s with RS232
  • 60-byte transmit/receive buffer
  • Handshake lines: full support with RS232
  • Full-duplex operation with RS422, half-duplex operation with RS485
  • Isolation between channels: 500V
  • Accessible on front-panel 78-pin D-Sub connector
Four status LEDs at front panel
  • One status LED to signal FPGA configuration (UARTs ready)
  • Three user LEDs, FPGA-controlled by 16Z034_GPIO controller
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • V(I/O): +3.3V (+5V tolerant)
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5V (-3%/+5%), 430mA
  • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 170mA
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP with ejector
  • Weight: 182g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C
    • Airflow: min. 1m/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): 2g/10..150Hz
96,149h @ 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
  • Driver software for Windows, Linux, VxWorks, QNX
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


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

Miscellaneous Accessories

78-pin HD D-Sub to 8x 9-pin D-Sub cable, 1000 mm, -40°C to +85°C



Linux native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART, 16Z057_UART and 16Z125_UART


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z034_GPIO, 16Z037_GPIO and 16Z127_GPIO


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


Windows Installset (MEN) for F216


Windows Embedded Standard 7 BSP


VxWorks native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART, 16Z057_UART and 16Z125_UART


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z034_GPIO, 16Z037_GPIO and 16Z127_GPIO


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


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


QNX 6.5 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART


QNX 6.4 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART


QNX 6.3 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z034_GPIO, 16Z037_GPIO and 16Z127_GPIO

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