Development Kit suits simulation and control automation.

Press Release Summary:

Plugging into respective base mezzanine, Universal Submodule allows changing board's functionality through implementation of different IP cores in FPGA. Kit can be used on XMCs, PMC, and M-Modules and enable fast development of user-specific I/O. Product provides wire-wrapped plug-in module, test board that enables implementation of debug interface for Nios processor, and SCSI cable. Boards and plug-ins operate from -40 to +85°C and are resistant to shock and vibration.

Original Press Release:

Men Micro, Inc.'s New Flexible FPGA-Based Development Packages for M-Modules and PMC Modules Reduce Time to Market

AMBLER, Pa, February 2007 - MEN Micro, Inc., a world-renown provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for demanding industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, now offers development packages for M-Modules and PMCs that easily transform specialized I/O requirements into a series of standard products. The new Universal Submodule (USMT) concept implements a board's desired functionality through one or more IP cores in an FPGA, forging a new generation of M-Modules and PMCs with individual functionality and exceptional flexibility, reducing design time and cost. MEN Micro's unique USM concept will benefit a vast number of applications, including test, measurement, simulation and control automation.

The USM simply plugs into the respective base mezzanine, allowing functionality to be changed at any time through the implementation of different IP cores. The corresponding line drivers are located on the USM, while its Nios soft core processor is implemented on an Altera Cyclone II FPGA to provide local intelligence where needed. I/O signals are routed through a front-end SCSI connector.

For added flexibility, the same USM may be used on M-Modules, PMC modules, XMCs and conduction-cooled PMC modules. Product development is limited to the USM module and the FPGA content, significantly speeding time to market. The USM concept also protects against component obsolescence, since the mezzanine lifecycle no longer depends upon commercially available components. IP cores can be imported into a newer FPGA and tailored to current needs.

The USM development kit for M-Modules or PMC modules enables rapid development of users-specific I/O. The kit includes a base M-Module (M199 equipped with an FPGA, 32 MB DRAM and 8 MB Flash) or a base PMC module (P599 equipped with an FPGA, 32 MB DRAM and 2 MB Flash). The kit also provides a wire-wrapped USM plug-in module; a test board that receives I/O signals from the FPGA and that enables the implementation of a debug interface for the Nios processor; as well as a SCSI cable to connect the base module and test board.

The kit's included FPGA package is comprised of the Nios processor, memory control and bridges that connect the PMC or M-Module to the Avalon/Wishbone buses. For the development of IP cores on the standard Wishbone bus, the Wishbone Bus Maker tool from MEN Micro is included. For the Avalon bus, Altera's Quartus II design environment including the SOPC builder is required to use the Nios cores and to develop IP cores.

Both M-Module and PMC base boards and the USM plug-in modules are designed for an operating temperature of -40 to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F). To meet demands for increased shock and vibration resistance, the boards are equipped with soldered components and sturdy connectors.

Pricing for the complete development package (with either an M-Module or PMC base board) is $2,654. Delivery is four weeks ARO.

Additional information available via the Web:

PMC kit:

M-Module kit:

Standalone M199:

Standalone P599:


Stephen Cunha

MEN Micro, Inc.

24 North Main Street

Ambler, PA 19002

Phone: 215-542-9575

Fax: 215-542-9577


About MEN Micro, Inc.

Since 1982, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom board-level solutions that are used throughout industrial embedded applications and harsh environments.

The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions that employ the highest technology and innovations. In addition, MEN Micro offers exceptional custom development and environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. The company's standard product range contains more than 100 different computer boards and systems with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software based on different PowerPC and Pentium platforms.

The company has more than 160 employees and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.

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