F218 - Embedded Slave CPU Board with PowerPC MPC8314 (Product Discontinued)

The F218 is a 3U 4HP CompactPCI slave CPU card which can be used as an Ethernet diagnosis buffer. It communicates with the host CPU board via Ethernet. The F218's processor is connected to the CompactPCI bus via the FPGA. The connection is realized via two Ethernet controllers inside the FPGA so that the host CPU board sees the F218 as an Ethernet device. This kind of connection is similar to a front connection of 2 CPU boards via Ethernet cable.

The F218 is controlled by the PowerPC MPC8314, an e300 core processor with a performance of up to 266 MHz. The core is built on Power Architecture technology and is a cost-effective, low-power, highly integrated processor that addresses the requirements of industrial applications.

As memory the F218 offers 256 MB DDR2 SDRAM, 16 MB Flash and optionally 1 MB non-volatile FRAM.

Two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and one serial interface which is realized via an additional SA-Adapter are available at the front panel. As an option, the onboard FPGA offers the possibility to realize an additional Fast Ethernet and two UART interfaces which can be accessed via SA-Adapters on a second front panel slot.

The F218 is qualified for operation in a -40°C to +85°C temperature range. It operates in VxWorks and Linux environments and is supported by the U-Boot Universal bootloader. The boards boots a VxWorks-supported BSP in less than 2 seconds.


  • 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI
  • 4HP peripheral slot or stand-alone function
  • PowerPC MPC8314, 266 MHz
  • Host CPU communication via Ethernet
  • Ultra fast boot: 2 seconds max.
  • Flexible FPGA-Flash structure
  • 256 MB SDRAM, 16 MB Flash
  • Front I/O: 2 Gb Ethernet, 1 UART via SA-Adapter
  • Rear I/O: user-defined via FPGA (option)
  • -40 °C to +85 °C


PowerPC MPC8314 PowerQUICC II Pro
  • 266 MHz
  • 256 MB SDRAM system memory
    • Soldered
    • 133 MHz memory bus frequency
  • 16 MB Flash
  • 1 MB non-volatile FRAM optional
  • Serial EEPROM 2 KB for factory settings
  • 4 MB SPI Flash (FPGA-controlled)
  • Ethernet
    • Two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels
    • One 10/100Base-T Ethernet channel (optional, FPGA-controlled, on 4-pin Lemo connector)
    • RJ45 connector at front panel
    • Two status LEDs for each channel
  • One RS232 or RS422 UART via SA-Adapter
    • D-Sub connector at front panel
    • Via 10-pin onboard connector
    • Data rates up to 230,400 bit/s
    • Handshake lines: DTR, RTS, CTS
  • 80 GPIO lines from FPGA
    • Accessible via J2 rear I/O connector
Front Connections
  • Two Ethernet (RJ45)
  • COM1 (D-Sub)
Rear I/O
80 GPIO lines from FPGA
The FPGA offers the possibility to realize additional I/O functionality. See Options
  • Supply voltage supervision
  • Four programmable user LEDs
CompactPCI Bus
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • Peripheral slot
  • 32-bit/33-MHz
  • V(I/O): +3.3 V
Busless Operation
  • Board can be supplied with +5 V only, all other voltages are generated on the board
  • Backplane connectors used only for power supply
Electrical Specifications
Supply voltage/power consumption:
  • +5 V (-3%/+5%), tbd typ./max.
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4 HP / 8 HP with ejector
  • Weight: 166 g (w/o heat sink and SA-Adapter)
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 + 3,000 m
  • Shock: 15 g, 11 ms
  • Bump: 10 g, 16 ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 1 g, 10..150 Hz
  • Conformal coating on request
427,994h @ 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)
BIOS/Boot Loader
U-Boot Universal Boot Loader
Software Support