GE3 - 4-Port Gigabit Copper Ethernet Line Card with PoE

The GE3 is a 3U Gigabit Ethernet line card, with optional PoE support, implemented as a CompactPCI Serial board. It occupies one peripheral slot using a 4 HP front panel with four Gigabit Ethernet ports on M12 X-coded connectors. Alternatively, the GE3 can be supplied with four RJ45 connectors.

The GE3 is designed to work in combination with various Ethernet switches, routers and CPU boards available from MEN, including the G101 CompactPCI Serial managed industrial Ethernet switch.

The GE3 features four connectors on the front panel, which can also be used to create 4 ports of copper Gigabit Ethernet, and one Gigabit Ethernet connection directly to the backplane. In addition, the card can act as Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE), supplying other devices on all ports with power. Each interface supports a data transfer rate of 1 Gbit/s, and provides two LEDs to indicate the link and activity status.

The GE3 operates with a primary voltage supply of +12 V, which is provided via the rear CompactPCI serial connector. All additional required voltages are generated onboard. It is fully compliant with the EN 50155 railway standard, qualified for a -40 to +85°C operation temperature and ready for coating.


  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet on M12 X-coded connectors
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE+) PSE (all ports)
  • LEDs for link and activity status
  • -40 to +85°C (screened)
  • EN 50155 classTx (railways)
  • PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial peripheral card (limited mechanical compliance)
  • IEEE 1588v2 supported (together with G101)


Key Features
  • Four 10/100/1000BASE-T ports at front panel
    • One common isolation group when PoE PSE is installed
  • Optional PoE(+) Power sourcing support
  • Port configuration: copper, 10/100 and 1000 MBit/s
Supported Protocols and Standards
  • IEEE 1588v2 (together with G101)
  • IEEE 802.3 Standard
  • Power over Ethernet support (IEEE 802.3 Section 2, Type 1 and 2 - classes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet)
Power Over Ethernet Features
Power over Ethernet functions on all ports
  • PSE (Power Sourcing Equipment) function
  • Supports supply classes 0 to 4
  • Supplies up to four powered devices (up to 60 W total)
Front Interfaces
  • Ethernet
    • Four M12 X-coded connectors, 1000BASE-TX (1 Gbit/s)
    • Power over Ethernet PSE
  • Status LEDs
    • Two LEDs for each port
    • Signal link status
    • Signal link activity
Rear Interfaces
  • Serial GPIO (SGPIO)
  • PoE Control
  • Four Ethernet links on P6
Supervision and Control
  • BITE Voltage Supervision
  • PoE Voltage monitoring
Backplane Standard
CompactPCI Specification PICMG CPCI-S.0
  • Peripheral slot
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltages
    • +12 V (±10%)
  • Power consumption
    • 5 W without PoE support, 85 W max. with 60 W PoE
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: 3U, 4 HP
  • Weight: 204 g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40°C to +85°C
    • Airflow 1.5m/s
  • Temperature range (storage): -40°C to +85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300 m to +2000 m
  • Shock: 50 m/s², 30 ms
  • Vibration (Function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz to 150 Hz (EN 61373)
  • Vibration (Lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz to 150 Hz (EN 61373)
  • Conformal coating on request
MTBF: 1.285.302 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF2000)
  • Flammability (PCBs)
    • UL 94 V-0
  • Electrical Safety
    • EN 50155 (Insulation)
    • EN 50155 (Voltage)
  • EN 55022 (radio disturbance)
  • EN 61000-4-2 (ESD Immunity)
  • EN 61000-4-4 (burst)