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F206 - Octal UART Interface Board

3U CompactPCI

The F206 is a universal octal UART based on 3U CompactPCI and uses small adapter to implement the physical layer for each channel as RS-232, RS-422, RS-485.

  • F206 Product ImageF206 configuration example
  • F206 Product ImageF206 configuration example equipped with 8 serial interfaces
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Main Features

  • Octal 16450 UART<br />RS232/RS422/RS485, isolated/not isolated<br />Physical layer via SA-Adapters<br />Large receive and transmit FIFOs<br />Very high data rates up to 115 kBit/s<br />Full handshake support<br />Hardware flow control for RS485 half duplex<br />Also for other protocols like HDLC<br />-40 to +85°C with qualified components
F206 Product Image

Technical Data

  • Up to eight UARTs
  • Accessible via onboard connectors
  • Physical interface at front panel using SA-Adapters via 10-pin ribbon cable
  • Different variations with SA-Adapters possible:
    • RS232
    • RS422
    • RS485
  • Data rates up to 115 kBit/s
  • 60-byte transmit/receive buffer
  • Handshake lines: full support; lines depend on SA-Adapters
  • Standard factory FPGA configuration:
    • Main bus interface
    • 16Z054_SYSTEM - System unit
    • 16Z025_UART - UART controller (controls four UARTs)
    • 16Z025_UART - UART controller (controls four UARTs)
    • 16Z045_FLASH - Flash interface
  • The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality. See FPGA.
  • Option matrix showing possible IP cores and SA-Adapters (PDF)
Four status LEDs
Local PCI Bus
  • 32-bit/33-MHz, 3.3 V V(I/O)
  • Compliant with PCI Specification 2.2
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • V(I/O): +3.3 V
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5 V (-3%/+5%), current depends only on mounted SA-Adapters
  • +3.3 V (-3%/+5%), > 500 mA typ.
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Single 3U front panel slot for up to two UARTs
  • Up to two supplementary front panel slots required for overall eight UARTs
  • Front panel: aluminum with 1 handle
  • Weight: 95 g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C
    • Airflow: min. 1.0 m/s
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300 m to +3000 m
  • Shock: 15 g, 11 ms (EN 60068-2-27)
  • Bump: 10 g, 16 ms (EN 60068-2-29)
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1 g, 10 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 60068-2-6)
308 000 h @ 40°C (derived from MIL-HDBK-217F)
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Tested according 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
  • Flash update tools for Windows, Linux, VxWorks
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


FPGA Capabilities
  • FPGA Altera Cyclone EP1C12
    • 12 060 logic elements
    • 239 616 total RAM bits
  • For UART functions
  • 2 MB Flash for FPGA configurations
  • Connection
    • Total available pin count: 64 pins
    • Functions available via onboard I/O connectors
    • SA-Adapters are used to realize the physical lines.
  • Functional updates via software
    • MEN offers Flash update tools for different operating systems.
  • Option matrix showing possible IP cores and SA-Adapters (PDF)


Physical Layers
  • Via up to eight SA-Adapters
  • Different variations possible through FPGA IP cores and SA-Adapters:
    • RS232
    • RS422
    • RS485
    • IBIS master/slave
    • CAN bus
    • HDLC
    • Binary I/O
    • InterBus-S
    • GPS
    • Other physical layers dependent on FPGA configuration
    • Option matrix showing possible IP cores and SA-Adapters (PDF)
  • 4, 8 or 12 HP front panel dependent on number of SA-Adapters
    • 4 HP with 2 onboard SA-Adapters
    • 8 HP with 5 SA-Adapters
    • 12 HP with 8 SA-Adapters
  • One-piece front panel
  • Different front panel cut-outs possible
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 F206 Models

4 HP FPGA-based UART interface for direct connection of 2 UARTs (2 SA-Adapters to be ordered separately) at front, 8 UARTs standard FPGA content plus space for user-defined functions, -40..+85°C with qualified components

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