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MEN Mikro mezzanine card supports Gigabit Ethernet

Posted: 31 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:p9? mezzanine card? pc mip module? gigabit ethernet card? ieee 802.3e?

MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH's PC-MIP mezzanine module allows designers to deploy Gigabit Ethernet local-area networking in their embedded systems. The module is compatible with 1,000-, 100- and 10-Mbps Ethernet networks and has a direct, 32-bit, 33MHz/66MHz interface to the PCI bus.

Known as the P9, the mezzanine card comes in the small, industry-standard PC-MIP form factor. "Having Gigabit Ethernet on a small mezzanine card like the P9 can be extremely beneficial to system designers," said Ernest Godsey, president of MEN Micro.

The card, he said, "does not take up a lot of room, so [a P9] can be mounted on a SBC or on a carrier card and there will still be plenty of room for the other system I/O."

This isolated 1,000/100/10Base-T Ethernet card for twisted-pair wiring is capable of full-duplex or half-duplex communications and fully conforms to the IEEE 802.3 standard. The Ethernet connection is available on the P9's front panel through a standard RJ45 eight-wire connector.

At gigabit speeds, all four of the twisted pairs are used to achieve the line length of 100m that is specified in the 802.3ab standard.

Because of its small size, the P9 can be used in a wide variety of systems, the company said, including server blades, multichannel repeaters, switches and routers. The P9 is supported by drivers for Windows NT Plug and Play, Linux and VxWorks. Pricing starts at $468 for single units.

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