Ethernet Board enables long-distance, high-speed data transfer.

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Rugged 3U cPCI Serial Ethernet Interface board, G211F, accommodates 4 fiber optic Ethernet transceiver channels (1000Base-SX) for connections over distances up to 1,800 ft. Connected to backplane via PCIe x4 link and managed via IEEE 802.3x-compliant Ethernet controller, board's 4 channels transfer data at up to 1,000 Mbps when used simultaneously. Full and half duplex operation are supported depending on chosen transceiver, and board may also be configured with 2 redundant channel pairs.

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New MEN Micro Ethernet Board Enables High-Speed Data Transfer Over Long Distances

AMBLER, Pa. - MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, now offers the G211F, a rugged 3U CompactPCI Serial Ethernet Interface board that accommodates four fiber optic Ethernet transceiver channels (1000Base-SX) for high-speed connections over extended distances up to 1,800 feet (550 m).

Connected to the backplane via a PCI Express x4 link and managed by a single IEEE 802.3x-compliant Ethernet controller, the board's four channels provide data transfers of up to 1,000 Mbit/s when used simultaneously.

To enable highly flexible configuration, the board accommodates a wide range of SFP (small form factor package) transceivers that are quickly and easily inserted into the card cage, which hosts the optical adapter. Each interface features LEDs to indicate link status and activity.

The new G211F supports both full and half duplex operation depending on the chosen transceiver, such as an LC-duplex available from MEN Micro, covering a broad range of rugged, embedded applications requiring high bandwidth capacities as found in transportation, avionics and mobile medical equipment. As an alternative to the four channels, the board can be configured with two redundant channel pairs for safety-critical applications.

An extension to MEN Micro's growing CompactPCI Serial product line, the new peripheral board can be used in both pure CompactPCI Serial systems as well as in hybrid systems that utilize CompactPCI PlusIO boards. The single-slot G211F extends the number of Ethernet interfaces on the system slot CPU.

Screened operating temperature is -40°C to +85°C excluding the transceivers. With a heat sink, the board weighs less than a half pound. It can withstand shock up to 50 m/s2 (30 ms) and vibration up to 1.9 m/s2 (5 Hz to 150 Hz) during operation in a maximum of 95% non-condensing humidity. At 40°C, MTBF is 311,742 hours according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000).

Pricing for the G211F is $644. Delivery is six to eight weeks ARO.

For additional information, visit or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail:

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About MEN Micro Inc.
Since its inception, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom embedded boards and systems that employ the highest technology and innovations. The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in industrial and safety-critical applications.

MEN Micro offers more than 100 standard boards and systems based on Intel and PowerPC with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software as well as a host of custom solutions. In addition to CompactPCI, CompactPCI PlusIO, CompactPCI Serial and VMEbus SBCs, the company's products include DAL and SIL certified safe computer assemblies; ESMexpress, ESMini and ESM Computer-On-Modules; PMC, XMC and M-Modules as system-independent mezzanine I/O standards; box and display computers; and network components, gateways and Ethernet switches.

Starting with development, through design-in and beyond, MEN Micro provides its customers with advice and support as well as environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. MEN Micro is the US subsidiary of MEN Mikro Elektronik in Germany, which has over 200 employees worldwide and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.

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