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CompactPCI card provides GPS, GSM support

Posted: 20 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS? GSM? cPCI? MEN Micro? CompactPCI?

MEN Micro released F210, a 3U, single-slot CompactPCI interface card equipped with a 12-channel parallel GPS receiver and a GSM device for communications in low-signal strength applications. The GPS and GSM devices are optically isolated from other functions for increased reliability.

The F210 GPS/GSM/UART interface card supports the GSM 850, EGSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900 frequency bands, as well as the NMEA 0183 protocol. This makes the board suitable for wireless communication applications, including transmitting, tracking and acquiring data in mobile communications and in the railway industry.

The board also features a temperature range of -40C to 85C and a conformal coating for use in harsh environments. The four HP, 32bit/33MHz F210 incorporates two SA-AdapterT slots for serial interfaces with RS232, RS422 or RS485 line drivers, either with or without optical isolation.

In addition, F210 can accommodate three additional SA-Adapters for user-defined functions, such as more serial interfaces or for fieldbus interfaces including CAN bus and IBIS that can be implemented as IP cores in an on-board FPGA. Reverse SMA connectors provide the physical interface to the external GPS and GSM antennae.

The F210 interface card will be available in June 2007 at $1,719.

- Emily Gleason

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