F604 - Side Card FireWire (Product Discontinued)

The F604 is a 4HP FireWire and multimedia extension card for 3U Intel based CompactPCI single-board computers. It can be used in combination with the F14 and compatible CPU boards. The IEEE 1394 high-speed serial bus is often used in combination with modern high-end digital camera equipment instead of USB. Thus, the F604 side-card extends the standard features of a powerful multi-core or Pentium M CPU board by one 400 MBit/s FireWire interface connected via PCI Express links. It further provides a DVI-D single link port, an HD audio - in or out - port as well as one, optionally two COM interfaces.

In addition an onboard 2.5" SATA hard-disk slot is available on the F604.

The F604 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 IEEE 1394 interface
  • 1 DVI-D Single Link
  • 1 HD Audio (in or out)
  • 1 or 2 RS232
  • 2.5" SATA hard-disk slot


  • FireWire
    • One FireWire connector at front panel
    • According to IEEE 1394
    • Full 400 Mbit/s via PCI Express
    • Remote feeding 12V/1.5A (power class 1)
    • For connection of FireWire devices (F604 has no GUID)
  • DVI
    • One DVI-D connector at front panel
    • Single link
    • SDVO PanelLink transmitter
    • Maximum resolution: 1600 x 1200 pixels
    • 60Hz refresh rate
  • Audio
    • One HD (high definition) audio codec at front panel
    • Symmetric stereo output (two 185mW mono amplifiers)
    • Switchable to stereo input
  • UART
    • One RS232 via adapter cable (see Accessories)
    • Two RS232 via customized adapter cable (optional)
    • One RJ45 connector 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: CTS, RTS for first COM
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)
CompactPCI J1 is assembled for increased mechanical stability and/or for power supply
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltage/power consumption:
    • +5V (-3%/+5%), 440mA typ. (w/o hard disk)
    • +3.3V (-3%/+5%), 390mA typ. (w/o hard disk)
  • MTBF: 947,377h @ 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: 146g (w/o hard disk)
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)
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