F21P - Embedded Single Board Computer with Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 (Product Discontinued)

The F21P versatile 4HP/3U single-board computer is a continuation of MEN's proven range of Intel CPU boards. It is equipped with the high-performance second generation Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.1 GHz and offering the latest quad 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 F21P offers a 32-bit/33-MHz CompactPCI bus interface and can also be used without a bus system. 4 USB 2.0 ports, 4 PCI Express x1 links, 2 SATA 3 Gb/s and 2 SATA 6 Gb/s interfaces as well as one Gigabit Ethernet are led to the J2 rear I/O connector which is compatible with the PICMG 2.30 CompactPCI PlusIO specification. The F21P is equipped with fast DDR3 DRAM which is soldered to the F21P to guarantee optimum shock and vibration resistance. An mSATA disk and a microSD card device which are connected via a USB interface and a SATA channel offer nearly unlimited space for user applications. The standard I/O available at the front panel of F21P includes graphics on a VGA connector, two PCIe-driven Gigabit Ethernet as well as two USB 2.0 ports. The F21P can be extended by different side cards. Additional functions include a digital video interface for flat panel connection via DVI (multimedia), a variety of different UARTs or another four USBs, SATA for hard disk connection and HD audio. Thermal supervision of the processor and a watchdog for the operating system complete the functionality of the F21P. As an option, a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip can be assembled. The F21P operates in Windows and Linux environments as well as under real-time operating systems that supportIntel's multi-core architecture. The InsydeH2O EFI BIOS was specially designed for embedded system applications. Equipped with Intel components exclusively from the Intel Embedded Line, the F21P has a guaranteed minimum standard availability of 7 years. The F21P 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 F21P comes with a tailored passive heat sink within 4 HP height. The robust design of the F21P make the board especially suited for use in rugged environments with regard to shock and vibration according toapplicable DIN, EN or IEC industry standards. The F21P is also ready for coating so that it can be used in humid and dusty environments.


  • Intel Core i7, 2nd generation
  • Quad-core 64-bit processor
  • For CompactPCI 2.0 systems or CompactPCI PlusIO 2.30 hybrid systems (2.0 and CPCI-S.0)
  • Up to 16 GB DDR3 DRAM soldered, ECC
  • microSD card and mSATA slots
  • Front I/O: VGA, 2 Gbit Ethernet, 2 USB
  • Rear I/O: 4 PCIe, 4 USB, 4 SATA, 1 Gbit Ethernet
  • Other I/O (onboard, side card): SATA, SDVO, HDMI/Display Port, HD audio, USB, UART etc.
  • 2.0 to 3.0 GHz Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, Active Management Technology
  • Open CL 1.1 support


  • Intel Core i7-2715QE
    • Up to 2.1 GHz processor core frequency
    • 3 GHz maximum turbo frequency
  • Chipset
    • Intel QM67 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
  • Up to 6 MB last level cache integrated in i7
  • Up to 16 GB SDRAM system memory
    • Soldered
    • DDR3 with ECC support
    • 1066/1333/1600 MHz memory bus frequency
  • 64 Mbits boot Flash
  • Serial EEPROM 2kbits for factory settings
Mass Storage
  • microSD card interface
    • Connected via one USB port
  • mSATA disk slot
    • Connected via one SATA channel
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
    • Four channels via rear I/O, one channel via side-card connector, one channel for mSATA disk
    • 4 SATA 3 Gbit/s interfaces, 2 SATA 6 Gbit/s interfaces (rear I/O)
    • RAID level 0/1/5/10 support
  • Integrated in QM67 chipset
    • 650 MHz graphics base frequency
    • 1.2 GHz graphics maximum dynamic frequency
  • VGA connector at front panel
  • Two digital display interface ports available via side-card connector
    • DisplayPort, HDMI and SDVO (SDVO only on one interface)
    • One additional DVI connector 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
    • Four USB 2.0 ports via rear I/O
    • One USB for connection of microSD
    • UHCI implementation
    • Data rates up to 480 Mbit/s
  • Ethernet
    • Two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels at the front
    • RJ45 connectors at front panel
    • Ethernet controllers are connected by two x1 PCIe links
    • Onboard LEDs to signal activity status and connection speed
    • One 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channel via rear I/O
    • Ethernet controller is connected by one x1 PCIe link
  • High Definition (HD) audio
    • Accessible via side-card connector
Front Connections (Standard)
  • VGA
  • Two USB 2.0 (Type A)
  • Two Ethernet (RJ45)
Rear I/O (PICMG 2.30)
  • Four SATA
  • Four USB
  • One Gigabit Ethernet (second rear interface instead of one front interface as an assembly option)
  • Four PCI Express x1 links
  • Compatible with PICMG 2.30 CompactPCI PlusIO
    • 1PCI33/4PCIE5/2SATA3/2SATA6/4USB2/1(2)ETH1G
  • 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
  • Three x1 links to connect local 1000Base-T Ethernet controllers
    • Data rate 250 MB/s in each direction (2.5 Gbit/s per lane)
  • Four x1 links via rear I/O
    • Data rate up to 500 MB/s in each direction (5 Gbit/s per lane)
  • Three x1 links for extension through side-card connector
    • Data rate up to 500 MB/s in each direction (5 Gbit/s per lane)
CompactPCI Bus
  • Connection via PCI Express link from processor using PCI-Express-to-PCI-Bridge
  • Compliance with CompactPCI Core Specification PICMG 2.0 R3.0
  • 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 (board versions with i7-2715QE processor)
  • +5V (-3%/+5%), 9.6 A typ., 14.4 A max.
  • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 1.8 A (3 Gb Ethernet), 1.4 A (2 Gb Ethernet), 1 A (1 Gb Ethernet)
  • +12V (-10%/+10%), approx. 10 mA
  • 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!
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4HP with ejector
  • Weight: 204 g (w/o heat sink)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • Depends on system configuration (CPU, hard disk, heat sink...)
    • Maximum: +85°C
    • Minimum: -40°C (all processors)
    • Conditions: airflow 1.5m/s, typical power dissipation: 12 W (board versions with i7-2715QE processor) with Windows XP operating system and 1 Gb Ethernet connection
  • 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: 50 m/s², 30 ms
  • Vibration (Function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz
  • Vibration (Lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz
  • Conformal coating on request
417,879 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF2000)
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC 61000-4-3 (electromagnetic field immunity), IEC 61000-4-4 (burst) and IEC 61000-4-6 (conducted disturbances)
BIOS/Boot Loader
InsydeH2O UEFI Framework
Intel Active Management Technology
  • Manageability Engine in Chipset
  • Network Filters in Chipset
  • Dedicated Flash Storage Area
  • Out of Band (OOB) Access
    • Power off Access
    • Independent of OS status
    • Power status control
    • Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) Viewer (VNC-compatible)
    • IDE-Redirect
    • Serial-over-LAN
Software Support
  • Note that 64-bit hardware technology can be used in an optimal way with 64-bit operating system support
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • VxWorks (on request)
  • QNX (on request)
  • Intel Virtualization Technology, allows a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions; one computer system can function as multiple "virtual" systems
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


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