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F50C - PowerPC MPC8548 Conduction Cooled SBC

3U CompactPCI

This product has been discontinued.

F50C is a versatile, rugged MPC8548/MPC8543 PowerPC CPU board in 3U CompactPCI format for embedded applications with conduction cooling.

  • F50C Product ImageF50C 3U CompactPCI PowerPC MPC8548 Conduction Cooled SBC
  • F50C Product Image

Main Features

  • 32-bit/33-MHz cPCI system slot
  • 1 slot, 9 HP front, rear I/O
  • MPC8548 (or MPC8543), up to 1.5 GHz
  • Up to 2 GB (ECC) DDR2 SDRAM
  • Up to 128 KB FRAM, 2 MB SRAM
  • Up to 16 GB SSD Flash
  • FPGA for user-defined I/O functions
  • MENMON BIOS for PowerPC cards
  • -40 to +85C Tcase screened
  • Conduction cooling
F50C Product Image

Technical Data

PowerPC PowerQUICC III MPC8548, MPC8548E, MPC8543 or MPC8543E
  • 800MHz up to 1.5GHz
  • Please see Standard Configurations for available standard versions.
  • e500 PowerPC core with MMU and double-precision embedded scalar and vector floating-point APU
  • Integrated Northbridge and Southbridge
  • 2x32KB L1 data and instruction cache, 512KB/256KB L2 cache integrated in MPC8548/MPC8543
  • Up to 2GB SDRAM system memory
    • Soldered
    • DDR2 with or without ECC
    • Up to 300 MHz memory bus frequency, depending on CPU
  • Up to 16GB soldered Flash disk (SSD solid state disk)
  • Up to 32MB additional DDR2 SDRAM, FPGA-controlled, e.g. for video data
  • 16MB boot Flash
  • 2MB non-volatile SRAM
    • With GoldCap backup
  • 128KB non-volatile FRAM
  • Serial EEPROM 4kbits for factory settings
Mass Storage
  • Parallel IDE (PATA)
    • Up to 16GB soldered ATA Flash disk (SSD solid state disk)
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
    • Up to two ports via rear I/O J2
    • Transfer rates up to 150MB/s (1.5 Gbit/s)
    • Via PCI-to-SATA bridge
    • See interface configuration matrix showing possible I/O combinations (PDF)
  • USB (host)
    • Four USB 2.0 host ports
    • Via rear I/O J2
    • OHCI and EHCI implementation
    • Data rates up to 480Mbit/s
  • USB (client)
    • One USB client port on series A connector at front panel
    • Via UART-to-USB converter
    • For first operation and service
    • Data rates up to 115.2kbit/s
    • 16-byte transmit/receive buffer
    • Handshake lines: none
  • Ethernet
    • Up to three 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels with MPC8548/E (two channels with MPC8543/E)
    • Via rear I/O J2
    • See interface configuration matrix showing possible I/O combinations (PDF)
  • User-defined I/O
    • FPGA-controlled
    • Up to 64 I/O lines
    • Connection via rear I/O J2
    • Standard version provides 4 UARTs and 16 GPIO lines
    • See interface configuration matrix showing possible I/O combinations (PDF)
Rear I/O
  • Four USB 2.0
  • Up to three 1000Base-T Ethernet
  • Up to two SATA
  • Up to 64 I/O lines, FPGA-controlled
    • Reduces Ethernet/SATA interfaces
    • See interface configuration matrix showing possible I/O combinations (PDF)
  • Standard factory FPGA configuration:
    • Main bus interface
    • 16Z043_SDRAM - Additional SDRAM controller (32 MB)
    • 16Z034_GPIO - GPIO controller (rear I/O 14 lines, 2 IP cores)
    • 16Z125_UART - UART controller (controls rear I/O COM1..4)
  • The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality. See FPGA.
  • Real-time clock with GoldCap backup
  • Temperature sensor, power supervision and watchdog
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • System slot
  • 32-bit/32-MHz PCIe-to-PCI bridge
  • V(I/O): +3.3V (+5V tolerant)
Busless Operation
  • Board can be supplied with +5V, +3.3V and +12V from backplane, all other voltages are generated on the board
  • Backplane J1 connector used only for power supply
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5V (-3%/+5%), 800mA approx.
  • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 350mA approx.
  • ±12V (-5%/+5%), 1A approx.
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions:
    • CompactPCI 3U board embedded in MEN-standard 3U-CCA frame
    • For use with MEN's conduction cooled subrack, 0701-0054
  • Front panel: 9HP with cut-out for USB
  • Weight: 620g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C Tcase (CCA frame) (screened)
    • 0..+60°C Tcase (CCA frame) (screened, with 16 GB SSD Flash disk)
    • Convection cooled variety F50P also available
  • 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
  • Conformal coating on request
150,290h @ 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), IEC1000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC1000-4-4 (burst)
Software Support
  • Linux
  • VxWorks
  • QNX (on request; support of the FPU is currently not provided by QNX)
  • INTEGRITY (Green Hills Software) support available. Please contact Green Hills for further information.
  • OS-9 (on request)
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.



  • Several PowerQUICC III types with different clock frequencies
  • MPC8548 or MPC8548E
    • 1 GHz, 1.2 GHz, 1.33 GHz or 1.5 GHz
  • MPC8543 or MPC8543E
    • 800 MHz or 1 GHz
  • System RAM
    • 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB
    • With or without ECC
  • Flash Disk
    • 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB
    • Please note that the 16 GB Flash disk component only supports a temperature range of 0..+60°C!
  • FRAM
    • 0 KB or 128 KB
  • Additional SDRAM
    • 0 MB or 32 MB
    • With FPGA
  • See interface configuration matrix showing possible I/O combinations (PDF)
  • Ethernet
    • Up to three channels at rear
    • Only two channels total with MPC8543
  • SATA
    • Up to two channels at rear
  • Up to 64 user-defined I/O lines
    • With optional FPGA
    • Reduces number of Ethernet/SATA channels
Cooling concept
Convection cooled variety F50P also available, for up to -40..+85°C
Some of these options may only be available for large volumes.
Please ask our sales staff for more information.

Ordering Information

Systems & Card Cages
0701-0054 - Rackmount Enclosure, 3 Slots, 3U Cards with Conduction Cooling

CompactPCI rack for 3U cards in CCA frames, 3 slots, incl. wide-range PSU 24VDC, -40..+70°C(+85°C) qualified (Tx), IP65

Related Hardware
F50P - PowerPC MPC8548 CPU Board

MPC8548, 1.33 GHz, 2 GB SSD Flash, 512 MB DDR2 RAM, 2 MB SRAM, 128 KB FRAM, front I/O and PICMG 2.30 rear I/O (2 SATA, 4 USB), 8 HP, no FPGA, -40..+70°C screened




General Linux BSP for A17, EM9, EM9A, EK9, F50C, F50P and XM50


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


VxWorks 6.4/6.5 BSP (MEN) for A17, EK9, EM9, EM9A, F50C, F50P and XM50


VxWorks 6.9 BSP (MEN) for A17, EK9, EM9, EM9A, F50C, F50P and XM50


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


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


This product is designed to work under the INTEGRITY RTOS from Green Hills Software. An INTEGRITY Board Support Package for this board is provided by Green Hills Software. For more information and product support please contact Green Hills Software (www.ghs.com).

MENMON is an MEN firmware/BIOS for PowerPC platforms.

MENMON (Firmware) for XM50, F50C and F50P (object code)


A Windows USB2UART driver from FTDI is available for XM50, XM51 and F50P/F50C Windows hosts.
More info & downloads

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