F18 - Intel Core 2 Duo CPU Board (Product Discontinued)

Equipped with the Intel high-performance Core 2 Duo processor T7500 running at 2.2 GHz, the F18 is a versatile 4HP/3U (single-slot, single-size Eurocard) single-board computer based on the latest multi-core processor architecture from Intel with full 64-bit support. The CPU card delivers an excellent graphics performance and is designed especially for embedded systems which require high computing performance with low power consumption.

The F18 offers a 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI bus interface and can alsobe used without a bus system. In combination with a specific side card it can also perform system-slot functionality in a CompactPCI Express system.

A total of six PCI Express lanes for high-speed communication (such as Gigabit Ethernet, graphics) are supported on the F18. 2 x1 PCIe links are used for the two onboard Ethernet interfaces. 4 x1 or 1 x4 PCIe links are available on a specific side card.

The DDR2 DRAM is soldered to F18 to guarantee optimum shock and vibration resistance. A robust IDE CompactFlash device offers nearly unlimited space for user applications. In addition to parallel ATA, three serial ATA lines are available.

The standard I/O available at the front panel of F18 includes VGA graphics, two PCIe-driven Gigabit Ethernet interfacesas well as two USB 2.0 ports.

The F18 can be extended by different side cards. Additional functions include two digital video interfaces for flat panel connection via DVI (multimedia), a variety of different UARTs or another four USB 2.0 ports, SATA forhard disk or RAID connection and HD audio.The F18 is also prepared for rear I/O where for example another two USB 2.0 ports can be connected.

Two watchdogs for thermal supervision of the processor and board temperature as well as for monitoring the operating system complete the functionality of the F18.

The F18 operates in Windows and Linux environments as well as under real-time operating systems that support Intel's multi-core architecture. The Award BIOS was specially designed for embedded system applications.

Equipped with Intel components exclusively from the Intel Embedded Line, the F18 has a guaranteed minimum standard availability of 5 years.

The F18 is suited for a wide range of industrial applications, e.g. for monitoring, vision and control systems as well as test and measurement. Main target markets comprise industrial automation, multimedia, traffic and transportation, aerospace, shipbuilding, medical engineering and robotics.

The F18 comes with a tailored passive heat sink within 4 HPheight. The robust design of the F18 make the board especially suited for use in rugged environments with regard to shock and vibration according to applicable DIN, EN or IEC industry standards. The F18 is also ready for coating so that it can be used inhumid and dusty environments.


  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 2.2 GHz
  • Dual core 64-bit processor
  • Full 64-bit support (4 GB memory addressable)
  • PCI Express six x1 links
  • 4 HP system master or stand-alone
  • 32-bit CompactPCI or cPCI Express
  • Up to 4 GB DDR2 DRAM soldered
  • CompactFlash slot
  • 3 SATA interfaces
  • Video via VGA and 2 SDVO
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet (PCIe)
  • Up to 8 USB 2.0
  • High Definition audio
  • Board controller


  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
    • Dual-core 64-bit processor
    • 2.2GHz processor core frequency
    • Up to 800MHz front-side bus frequency
  • Chipset
    • Northbridge: Intel 965GME Express
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH8M-E (Enhanced)
  • 4MB L2 cache integrated in Core 2 Duo
  • Up to 4GB SDRAM system memory
    • Soldered
    • DDR2
    • 667MHz memory bus frequency
    • Dual-channel, 2x64 bits
  • 8Mbits boot Flash
  • Serial EEPROM 2kbits for factory settings
  • CompactFlash card interface
    • Via onboard IDE
    • Type I
    • True IDE
    • DMA support
Mass Storage
  • Parallel IDE (PATA)
    • One IDE port for local CompactFlash
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
    • Two channels via side-card connector, up to two channels via rear I/O (optional)
    • Transfer rates up to 150MB/s
    • RAID level 0/1 support
  • Integrated in 965GME Express chipset
    • Up to 500MHz 256-bit graphics core
    • Maximum resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels @ 60Hz, 32bpp reduced blanking timing (driver limited)
  • VGA connector at front panel
  • Two SDVO ports available via side-card connector
    • Two additional DVI connectors at front panel optional via side card
    • Simultaneous connection of two monitors
  • USB
    • Two USB 2.0 ports via Type A connectors at front panel
    • Four USB 2.0 ports via side-card connector
    • Two USB 2.0 ports via rear I/O on request
    • UHCI implementation
    • Data rates up to 480Mbit/s
  • Ethernet
    • Two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels
    • RJ45 connectors at front panel
    • Ethernet controllers are connected by two x1 PCIe links
    • Onboard LEDs to signal activity status and connection speed
  • High Definition (HD) audio
    • Accessible via side-card connector
Front Connections (Standard)
  • VGA
  • Two USB 2.0 (Type A)
  • Two Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Board controller
  • Real-time clock, buffered by a GoldCap or alternatively a battery (5 years life cycle)
  • Watchdog timer
  • Temperature measurement
  • One user LED
  • Reset button
PCI Express
  • Two x1 links to connect local 1000Base-T Ethernet controllers
    • Data rate 250MB/s in each direction (2.5 Gbit/s per lane)
  • One x4 or four x1 links for extension through side-card connector
    • Data rate up to 1GB/s in each direction (2.5 Gbit/s per lane)
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • CompactPCI Express support (EXP.0 R1.0)
  • System slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI bus
  • V(I/O): +3.3V (+5V tolerant)
Busless Operation
  • Board can be supplied with +5V only, all other voltages are generated on the board
  • Backplane connectors used only for power supply
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltage/power consumption:
    • +5V (-3%/+5%), 9A typ.
    • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 1.8A (2 Gb Ethernet), 1.3A (1 Gb Ethernet)
    • +12V (-10%/+10%), approx. 10mA
    • If the board is supplied with 5V only (typically without a bus connection), the 3.3V are generated on the board and fed to the backplane (3A max.) No external 3.3 V voltage may be applied in that case!
  • MTBF: 238,053h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF2000)
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP with ejector
  • Weight: 420g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo T7500: 0..+60°C
    • Conditions: airflow 1.5m/s, typical power dissipation 38W, with Windows XP operating system, 1 Gb Ethernet and hard disk, without CPU clock reduction
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300m to + 2,000m
  • Shock: 15g/11ms
  • Bump: 10g/16ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1g/10..150Hz
  • Conformal coating on request
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC61000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC61000-4-4 (burst)
Award BIOS
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