F603 - Side Card USB/COM

The F603 is a 4HP mixed USB/COM extension card for 3U Intel based CompactPCI single-board computers. It can be used in combination with the F14 and compatible CPU boards.

Modern Intel based boards increasingly support USB interfaces as an exclusive universal connection of devices such as keyboard, mouse, CD-ROM, floppy etc. Especially in industrial applications however many existing systems still use legacy I/O.

Thus, the F603 provides one COM interface as well as two more USB 2.0 interfaces that extend the Single-Board Computer functionality to 4 USB ports at the front panel.

In addition an onboard 2.5" SATA hard-disk slot and a CompactFlash slot is available on the F603.

The F603 is directly plugged to the right side of the respective single-board computer. A robust connector makes for high mechanical stability. It is delivered with an 8HP front panel, replacing the 4HP front panel of a 3U single-board computer and thus resulting in a solid one-piece front panel.


  • 4 HP extension for 3U Intel SBCs F14, F15, F17, F18, F19P, F21P
  • 1 RS232
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 2.5" SATA hard-disk slot
  • CompactFlash slot


  • USB
    • Two USB 2.0 ports
    • Type A connector at front panel
    • UHCI implementation
    • Data rates up to 480Mbit/s
    • High current up to 1A
  • UART
    • One RS232 at front panel
    • Data rates 300bit/s..230kbit/s (up to 1 Mbit/s with shielded cable)
    • FIFO receive and transmit buffers for high data throughput
    • Handshake lines: full support
Mass Storage
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
    • One port for onboard 2.5" hard-disk drive
    • Transfer rates up to 150MB/s (depends on hard disk)
    • RAID level 0/1 support (depends on CPU board)
  • CompactFlash card interface
    • Via USB to PATA converter
    • Type I
    • True IDE mode
    • Multiword DMA 2 and UDMA 4 support
  • Please note that operating systems which cannot boot from removable data carriers (e.g. Windows XP) cannot boot from the CompactFlash over USB
CompactPCI J1 is assembled for increased mechanical stability and/or for power supply
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltage/power consumption:
    • +5V (-3%/+5%), 50mA typ. (w/o hard disk)
    • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 95mA typ. (w/o hard disk)
  • MTBF: tbdh @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI specification for 3U boards
  • Mountable on right (standard) or left (option) side of the CPU
  • Weight: 130g (w/o hard disk and CompactFlash)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • 0..+60°C up to -40..+85°C (depending on hard disk; please refer to the hard disk specifications for possible limits)
    • Airflow: min. 10m³/h
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300m to + 3,000m
  • Shock: 15g/11ms
  • Bump: 10g/16ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 2g/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), IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC 61000-4-4 (burst)
Software Support
Driver software can be found in the data sheet of the CPU board that you use.