MEN Micro Unveils F14 CompactPCI (cPCI) Single Board Computers (SBCs)

The new F14 CompactPCI (cPCI) single board computer (SBC) from MEN Micro ( features a two-GHz Intel(R) Pentium M processor and is able to stand up to harsh environmental conditions in applications such as industrial automation, medical systems and transportation applications including trains, buses, airliners, ships and commercial vehicles.

“For industrial embedded applications oftentimes two factors take on great importance: power consumption and ruggedness,” said Ernest Godsey, president of MEN Micro, Inc. “With the F14, we’ve minimized power consumption and maximized ruggedness, while supporting four PCI Express lanes. The PCI Express lanes are critical for systems that rely on high-speed communications. The PCI Express lanes can be utilized by the F14′s two Gigabit Ethernet ports or two SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) interfaces, or they can be used to deliver high-speed graphics.”

The F14 is a single-slot 32-bit/33-MHz cPCI system master or standalone SBC in a single-wide 3U CompactPCI form factor. The F14 can be configured with a Pentium M processor with clock frequencies up to two GHz or a low-power Celeron M processor. The SBC is capable of operating over the entire extended temperature range of -40 to 85 degrees C. All components are soldered onto the underlying circuit board for superb shock and vibration resistance. In addition, the F14 can be delivered with an optional conformal coating that protects it from humid and corrosive chemicals in the environment.

The F14′s four lanes of PCI Express are provided by Intel’s 915GM chip set. The input/output (I/O) interfaces at the front panel on the F14 include a VGA connector for graphics, the two Gigabit Ethernet channels and two USB 2.0 ports. Additional I/O can be configured using expansion cards or the F14 can be mounted on a carrier card for 6U double Eurocard systems, for example.

I/O from the F14 can be expanded to include common UARTs, additional USB ports, audio I/O, or two DVI connections which can be used to display either the same or different images on several screens. The F14 also supports rear-panel I/O.

On-board memory resources include up to two GB of fast double data rate (DDR2) DRAM. A CompactFlash slot is available for additional memory or a 1.8-in. hard disk drive can be installed onboard. The F14 also features several watchdog monitors for processor and board temperatures. Comprehensive board support packages are available for Windows, Linux, QNX and VxWorks.

Pricing and Availability
The F14 is available now from MEN Micro, Inc. Pricing starts at $1,194 for single units. In the United States, MEN Micro products are sold through a national network of technical manufacturer’s representatives. For sales information, call 512-267-8883, send faxes to 512-267-8803 or email

About MEN Micro, Inc.
MEN designs, manufactures and sells board-level industrial real-time and embedded computer products. The flexibility inherent in MEN’s standard products allows system platforms to be custom configured for a wide range of applications. In addition, the company develops custom boards and systems for OEMs, end users and system integrators. MEN’s products include Embedded System Modules (ESM), VMEbus and CompactPCI compute platforms with Intel Pentium, Motorola 68000 or PowerPC processors, and a wide selection of M-Module or PC·MIP mezzanine I/O modules. The MEN product lines support the most widely used operating systems, including Windows NT, VxWorks, OS-9, QNX and Linux.

MEN was founded in 1982 in Nürnberg, Germany, as MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH. Today the company has subsidiaries in France, MEN Mikro Elektronik SA; the United Kingdom, MEN Micro, Ltd., and the United States, MEN Micro, Inc. A network of technical distributors services and supports the rest of the world.

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