F212 - Wireless Network Board for 2 PCIe and 2 SIM Cards (Product Discontinued)

The F212 is a rugged single Eurocard CompactPCI carrier board supporting the PCI Express Mini Card standard or, as an option, the ExpressCard standard. ExpressCard is the successor of the CardBus standard and offers different construction sizes as well as connection via PCI Express or USB 2.0.

The standard version of the F212 offers two PCI Express Mini Card slots with USB connection. It allows to use all types of cards for HF applications, for example GPS, WLAN, UMTS, GSM, or HSDPA. Each card is connected to two robust redundant external SMA antenna connectors at the front panel of the F212.

Using these standard cards that give access to the whole world of common notebook PC expansions is a fast and easy way to extend the functionality of a CompactPCI system as well.

The F212 is designed for -40°C to +85°C operation temperature using qualified components and prepared for conformal coating in order to be used also in harsh and mobile environments. The final environmental qualification depends on the respective cards used on the carrier.


  • 4 HP 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI
  • Up to 2 PCI Express Mini Cards
  • ExpressCard/34 or 54 modules optional
  • For cards with internal USB interface
  • For HF applications (WLAN, UMTS, GPS, GSM, HSDPA)
  • -40 °C to +85 °C


Card Interfaces
  • For Two PCI Express Mini Cards
    • With two SIM card holders (one for each PCI Express Mini Card)
  • USB interface
  • Please note that MEN does not offer SIM cards or mobile telephony contracts!
PCI-to-USB Bridge
  • USB 2.0
  • 48 MHz
Front Connections
Four Reverse SMA antenna connectors
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz PCI-to-USB bridge
  • V(I/O): +3.3 V (+5 V tolerant)
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5 V (-3%/+5% depending on plugged card), tbd max. w/o card
  • +3.3 V and 1.5 V supply voltage for cards generated onboard
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP or 8HP with ejector
  • Weight: 172 g (without cards)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40..+85°C (only carrier, depending on configuration)
    • Airflow: min. 10 m³/h
  • 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
  • Bump: 10 g/16 ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1 g/10..150 Hz
  • Conformal coating on request
2 038 459 h @ 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
PCI Express Mini Card and ExpressCard drivers as supported