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MEN Mikro Elektronik

Reliable Embedded Computing for a World in Motion

Since its founding in 1982, MEN Mikro Elektronik has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop and produce standard and custom computing solutions that employ the highest technology levels.

Neuwieder Strasse 3-7,
90411 Nuremberg,

Since its founding in 1982, MEN Mikro Elektronik has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop and produce standard and custom computing solutions that employ the highest technology levels.

With approximately 300 employees worldwide, the company provides a robust offering of highly reliable, embedded commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) boards and devices that are widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in mobile, industrial and safety-critical applications.

The company’s products include:

  • Safe computers and systems certifiable up to SIL 4 and DAL-A
  • Robust built-to-order box PCs
  • Panel PCs for human machine interfaces (HMI) and digital signage
  • Pre-configured built-to-order 19in systems
  • Rugged CompactPCI boards and systems
  • Network components in compact box format or 40 HP format
  • Robust computer-on-modules for individual system designs

For individual requirements, starting with development through design-in and beyond, MEN provides its customers with advice and support as well as system design, configuration and environmental qualification in accordance with industry standards.

The company’s core competencies encompass x86 and RISC processor architectures, development rules for safe applications, analog I / O design, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology and Windows, Linux and real-time operating systems. Additional expertise includes RAMS and obsolescence management as well as the development of computing hardware for operation in harsh and extreme environmental conditions. Development, production and on-site testing laboratories guarantee traceability and high-quality products.

MEN Mikro Elektronik’s computer solutions are used in harsh mission and safety-critical environments found in the transportation (rail and public transport, off-road and heavy vehicles, aerospace, marine) and industrial (automation, power and energy, medical) markets.

The company is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 (environment), EN 9100 (aerospace) and IRIS (railway) quality management systems. It provides systems according to ISO 7637-2 (road traffic) requirements, and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances, including VITA and PICMG.

MH70R: Main Server

The main server unit MH70R acts as the central component of the menRDC and already delivers enough performance for many non-vital train functions.

DC17: Railway Display Computer

The DC17 panel PC is a rugged, fanless and maintenance-free human-machine interface (HMI) for railway applications

G25A: 3U CompactPCI Serial

The G25A is a high-performance multicore CPU platform based on Intel's Xeon D-1500 System-on-a-Chip (SoC).

BL51E: Railway and Automotive Embedded Computer

The BL51E is a fanless, maintenance-free box computer for embedded applications in transportation, e.g., in trains, buses or commercial vehicles. Its HDD/SSD shuttle provides the storage capacity necessary for entertainment servers or video surveillance systems.

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Dubai Metro Network

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Singapore Northeast Line

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Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)

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CNA Award Scooped by menRDC Railway Data Center

MEN Mikro Elektronik has won the CNA Award for innovation for developing a computer platform for trains to meet increasing demands for connectivity and modularity in the rail industry.

MEN Provides New menTCS Component: Safe I/O Card with Digital Outputs

The safe I/O card K7 provides eight digital outputs with low side switching and is the newest member of the menTCS family, the safe and modular train control system from MEN. Thanks to integrated supervision functions a single card can reach safety level SIL 2 and is certifiable up to SIL 4 by using the cards redundantly.

Safe and Rugged: AAR-Compliant Train Control

The MA50C is a modular system for safe train control, with its mechanical design complying to the AAR S-590 standard (Association of American Railroads). The controller unit is the first member of a robust family in parallel to the existing menTCS Train Control System family, which is based on the same components and functionality.

Binary I/O for Rail Applications on CompactPCI Serial

The new 3U CompactPCI Serial board G403 with 16 bidirectional digital I/O channels has been designed specifically for modern railway applications. The new board is suited for many different control functions, such as door-locking control and interior lighting.

MEN Introduces New G229 Interface Card for CompactPCI Serial

The CompactPCI Serial interface card G229 combines the legacy interfaces RS232 and RS422 / 485 with state-of-the-art slots for USB 3.0 and m.2. Using a PCIe Mini Card it can also serve as a graphic board within a CompactPCI Serial system.

MEN Introduces the CompactPCI Serial Switch for PCIe 3.0

16 PCIe 3.0 ports, 64 lanes, 1GB/s data transfer rates per lane implemented on the fast CompactPCI Serial standard to get a fully meshed communication via the backplane, these are the telling arguments of the PCI Express switch GX1.

MEN Introduce Extremely Fast CPCI Serial SBC with 12-Core QorIQ

With 10 Gigabit ethernet at the front and PCIe 3.0 via the backplane, with three separated DRAM channels and Freescale's high-performance QorIQ processor, the new CompactPCI Serial SBC G52A comes with everything needed to convince in data and computing intensive applications.

The Intel Xeon D on CompactPCI Serial Provides 16 Cores for Computing and Virtualisation

Which standardised platform if not Compact PCI Serial would fit better to play out the strengths of the new Intel Xeon D? The new multicore SBC G25A from MEN makes it possible: with up to 16 independent CPU cores, high-performance data transfer lines and built-in hardware virtualisation, the CPU board enters the race for its usage in data servers, mobile data centers and for building up virtual machines.

Doubled Storage on 3U CompactPCI Serial

G503 unites for the first time two HDDs or SSDs on just one single 3U CompactPCI serial card. Therefore it fulfills the requirements for growing data volumes in harsh environments.

SIL 2 Certified COM Module with QorIQ

The Rugged COM Express module CB30C has been developed according to the EN 50155 railway standard, and is at the moment in the qualification process to achieve SIL 2 certification. Due to its robust design it is particularly suitable for safety-critical applications in mobile markets but also in demanding industrial applications.

The NM30 8-Port Ethernet Switch

The NM30 is a managed 8-port ethernet switch that belongs to the MEN family of extremely rugged compact network devices, which come in Box PC format, and offer a variety of configuration options for different applications.

Rugged Box PC with IP65 for Mobile Applications

Certifiable to railway standard EN 50155 or EN 60945 for shipping, and conforming to the E-mark for the automotive sector (ISO 7637-2), the BC50R with protection class IP65 is ideal for use in extreme environments in vehicles.

Box PC with AMD G-Series APU and Real-Time Ethernet Fieldbuses

Especially developed for industrial applications, e.g. for machine monitoring and control or for use in commercial vehicles and robots, the BC50F impresses with its high performance processor, extreme graphics performance and a huge interface flexibility.

Multi-Display Controller SBC with ARM® i.MX6S

The robust CC10S from MEN is a multi-display controller board based on Freescale™'s ARM® i.MX 6 Series. The card provides full HD resolution for panel PCs from 7in to 15in. Through the powerful graphics and the compact form factor, the CC10S is ideal, for example for driver desk displays or in-seat infotainment in trains or public buses, in medical devices, or HMIs in automotive applications.

G51: QorIQ Based Communications Platform for CompactPCI Serial

The G51 unites the benefits of CompactPCI Serial and the interface capabilities and calculation power of a QorIQ™ CPU. Being based on a Freescale quad-core QorIQ P3041 processor, the 3U, four HP single-board computer provides a large number of high-speed serial interfaces both at the front and at the CPCI-S.0 rear connectors.

IRIS Confirms MEN Certification

MEN Mikro Elektronik sets a high value on reliable products and excellent development and production quality. Having obtained an above-average result in the IRIS reaudit, the company, which has been certified according to IRIS since 2009, was able to prove this again.

Compact and Robust Intel Atom Panel PC for Railway Applications

The DC13 display computer has everything you would expect from modern HMIs in railway applications: a fanless, compact and IP65-protected housing, 20 keys for easy operation, reliable electronics even in the extended temperature range of -30°C to +85°C and, of course, certification according to the EN 50155 railway standard.

RAID-Capable Box PC With Integrated Ethernet Switch

Offering a total of five Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and two hot-plug-capable HDD/SSD shuttles, the BL50S is well suited for use as a compact content server or video recorder with RAID functionality.

Simple but Efficient: Box PC Turns Into 19in System Solution

Simple inventions have always been the best. On first sight, the new 19-inch-compatible insertion frame for MEN's box PCs may appear simple, but it has considerable advantages for even more flexible application possibilities.

New Box PC Expands Breadth of AMD G-Series APU Offerings

MEN Mikro Elektronik has announced the release of the BC50M box computer based on the latest AMD Embedded G-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The robust and maintenance-free BC50M (formerly called the BC1) is based on an innovative modular design that offers flexible display and I/O solutions with optimal performance for mobile applications such as use in trains, commercial vehicles, airplanes and mobile machines.

Robust, Small, Strong Graphics: ESMini™ Computer-on-Module MM2

Robust, space-saving and with higher performance than the first generation Intel Atom: MEN's new ESMini module is equipped with an Intel Atom processor from the E600 series and fits excellently into demanding mobile applications, particularly meeting high graphics requirements in a small space.

Extended Firmware Package for Rugged Ethernet Switches

As stand-alone units or in CompactPCI® format, MEN's industrial ethernet switches are easily customisable low-power platforms for harsh environments. They come with an extended firmware package to fulfill all requirements of a highly demanding application. The management firmware enables indi

Universal CompactPCI® Serial FPGA I / O Interface Card

Get the highest adaptability via SA-Adapter™ PHYs and FPGA. While COM ports are still included in the relevant CPU chipsets at the moment, they are only partly led to the front panels of single-board computers for CompactPCI® Serial (or CompactPCI PlusIO). Besides, the number

System Examples for CompactPCI Serial

CompactPCI® Serial is not only robust but also extremely versatile. Requiring no switches or bridges, the architecture is simple, the configuration of hardware and software systems straightforward, which makes it cost-effective. Based on COTS products – boards, backplanes and racks

Quad-Core CPU for CompactPCI PlusIO: Intel Core i7

Equipped for applications with high data rates and high bandwidth, MEN's new CompactPCI® PlusIO SBC also offers many new Intel® features. Based on the Intel i7-2715QE quad-core processor, the F21P supports 2nd-generation PCI Express® and 3rd-generation SATA, faster TurboBoost, improve

Pack of Cards for CompactPCI® Serial

The PICMG specification CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI serial as a successor of the parallel CompactPCI paves the way to serial point-to-point connections at the backplane. As a manufacturer of embedded hardware, MEN Mikro Elektronik already offers the first CPU board with an Intel i7 processor as well as a

MEN Presents the 3U CompactPCI® Serial Ethernet Switch

On the occasion of the embedded world, MEN Mikro Elektronik presents an Ethernet switch to extend its CompactPCI Serial portfolio. The G301 completes the offer of CompactPCI Serial boards for individually building up a complete system and convinces with its robustness and speed thanks to the new

System Examples for CompactPCI® Serial

CompactPCI® Serial, PICMG CPCI-S.0, is a new standard for modular 19in systems based on fast serial connections, which excels through a multitude of application possibilities, while remaining simple and inexpensive. Off-the-shelf system configurations CompactPCI Serial

No More Waiting – CompactPCI® Serial at Embedded World 2011

During Embedded World 2011 in Nuremberg, the PICMG will officially release the new bus standard CompactPCI® Serial. MEN Mikro Elektronik, together with PICMG Europe and other PICMG members, uses this opportunity to present CompactPCI Serial at the trade show and in a press conference.

Mobile Safety Thanks to E1 Certification

MEN Mikro Elektronik has achieved an e1 type approval by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. This qualification is based on ISO 9001 (quality management) and is required for the application of electronic assemblies in road traffic. MEN has already developed a number of product

Mixed Doubles: CompactPCI Serial and CompactPCI 2.0

MEN presents a new pair of boards, offering an easy connection of CompactPCI® Serial and CompactPCI 2.0 which makes it possible to keep existing CompactPCI systems in use while at the same time benefiting from the advantages of CompactPCI Serial. A flexible connection

DC2: Rugged Panel Computer with Touch

MEN presented its latest complete display solution in September 2010 at InnoTrans, the world's biggest railway exhibition in Berlin. The DC2 is MEN's first panel-PC with capacitive touch, well-suited for harsh and mobile fields of application. Fanless, maintenance-free and extremely

MIPIOS Ethernet Switches Provide More Safety

The main focus of MEN Mikro Elektronik is on mobile and safety-critical solutions. The MIPIOS® Ethernet switches are designed to withstand extreme environmental conditions. The robust 220mm x 130mm x 70mm device conforms to EN 50155 and IP67 standards, allows solid wall-mounting and pr

MEN Introduces Peripheral Boards for CompactPCI PlusIO

After the introduction of the first CompactPCI PlusIO CPU boards, high-performance I/O boards are evidently also needed for being able to benefit from the higher bandwidth and data processing capacity offered. These peripheral boards are based on the CompactPCI Serial Standard PICMG CP

3U CompactPCI Diagnosis Buffer with PowerPC MPC8314 and FPGA

The F218 is a slave CPU board in 3U CompactPCI format and was developed for use as an Ethernet diagnosis buffer. It is based on the MPC8314 processor from the PowerQUICC II Pro family and offers frequencies of up to 266 MHz. This low-power processor excels through its especially advantageous pric

Triple-Redundant VMEbus SBC for Extremely Safety-Critical Applications

Mobile applications are the most important target market of MEN Mikro Elektronik. Following many years of experience in the railway and vehicle markets, MEN now also enters the extremely safety-critical avionics market. An important prerequisite to achieve this was the certification to EN 9100 in

Intel Atom Platform for Intelligent Displays

The railway and mobile markets, with their wide range of different segments and requirements, are the focus markets of MEN Mikro Elektronik. In order to meet all requirements of the field of display applications, MEN now presents the SC21 – its first robust single-board computer for intelligent d

The Future has Begun with MEN’s First CompactPCI Serial SBC G20

MEN presents the G20, its first 64-bit CompactPCI® Serial single-board computer, which opens up a new era in terms of speed and robustness. CompactPCI Serial is based on CompactPCI (PICMG 2.0), but supports fast serial data transfer. Thanks to this higher speed, the board is perfect

MIPIOS Switches Offer Safety and Reliability in Every Application

Right on time for the SPS/IPC/DRIVES, MEN Mikro Elektronik presents the first Ethernet switches of the robust, modular MIPIOS® family. As a managed or unmanaged version, in mobile or industrial applications, MEN's MIPIOS switches are suitable for every field of application in which

MEN Mikro Elektronik Presents New PMC Module

MEN Mikro Elektronik presents a new PMC module with four fast RS422/485 UART interfaces. The P507 is qualified for the extended temperature range of -40° to +85°C, and prepared for coating against dust and humidity, which makes it especially suited for safety-critical and mobile applicat

MIPIOS® New-Generation Box Computers Revolutionize the Mobile Market

The first member of the new MIPIOS family from MEN is a fanless and maintenance-free box computer for extreme and harsh fields of application. The RC1 has a robust 220mm x 130mm x 86mm aluminum enclosure, complies with EN 50155 and IP67, and has an E1 approval from the German Federal Motor Transp

Certification to IRIS

MEN Mikro Elektronik is the first German company, and one of a total of less than ten companies worldwide, which is certified according to the quality management systems EN9100 (transportation) and IRIS (railway) in addition to ISO 9001. After having been certified according to EN 9100 in late 20

PMC Module with Four CAN Bus Interfaces

The PMC P506 is equipped with four galvanically isolated CAN bus interfaces, which support data transfer rates of up to 1Mbit/s according to ISO 11898-1/2. The channels support CAN protocol 2.0A/B, standard data frames, extended data frames and remote frames under CAN Layer 2 and CANopen Master/S

MEN Introduces First Ultra-Small-Computer-On-Module

MEN's MM1 is the first ultra-small-computer-on-module of the new ESMini™ family. Based on Intel Atom processor in 45nm technology, the COM module offers huge advantages: Processor frequencies of up to 1.6GHz are combined with a power consumption of only 5W to 7W, extended temperature range,

CompactPCI Conduction Cooling Rack for Extreme Environments

The CompactPCI conduction cooling rack for extreme environments is made for standard 3U boards with convection cooling in a CCA frame. Its features include: Three-slot backplane with PSU slot 9-36V, 35W System slot on the left and horizontal installation

MEN Achieves EN 9100 Certification

In September 2008, after an intensive preparatory phase, MEN Mikro Elektronik was officially certified according to EN9100 as a supplier for the aviation and space industry. As an accredited partner, MEN chose the DQS (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen, German Instit

PICMG Approves Connectors for CompactPCI Plus

MEN Mikro Elektronik, one of the leading members of the PICMG CompactPCI Plus working group, has announced the members have agreed on the connectors to be used. This is a decisive step towards standardization of CompactPCI Plus. The first connector to be chosen was the UHM connector fro

New PMC Module with Two Fast Ethernet Channels for New Flexibility

Right on time for Embedded World 2009 MEN Mikro Elektronik presents a dual fast Ethernet PMC. The P511 is qualified for the extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C and prepared for coating against dust and humidity. For this reason it is perfectly suited for use in safety-critical or

Reflective Memory PMC for Maximum Data Safety

Right on time for Embedded World 2009 MEN, for the first time, presents a reflective memory PMC mezzanine card. The PMC module P512 is well suited for use in safety-critical applications, and offers a high transmission speed and high flexibility. Memory capacity for maximum safety

CompactPCI® Plus Seminar at the Embedded World Conference 2009

As part of the Embedded World Conference in Nuremberg a seminar series with ten papers was dedicated to CompactPCI Plus on 4 March 2009. Suppliers and potential system providers had a first glimpse at PICMG's emerging standards around CompactPCI Plus. Potential integrators and users described the

New VMEbus PC Stands the Test in Particle Acceleration

The new VMEbus SBC from MEN Mikro Elektronik will be used in the world's largest particle accelerator at the CERN research centre in Switzerland. The A20 supports a multitude of Intel Core 2 types, and pairs outstanding reliability in computing with fast data transmission. A20 – rugg

3U CompactPCI® Universal Interface Board with SA-Adapters™ and FPGA

With an innovative combination of FPGA and SA-Adapters™, MEN Mikro Elektronik introduces a completely new I/O concept on 3U CompactPCI®. The interfaces of the F215 can be configured as desired – allowing the user nearly unlimited application possibilities for this card. Fle

Certification According to EN 9100

After an intensive preparatory phase, MEN Mikro Elektronik has been officially certified according to EN9100 as a supplier for the aviation and space industry. As accredited partner, MEN, chose the DQS (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen, German Institute for Certific

Eight UART Interfaces for Expansion of 3U CompactPCI® Systems

MEN Mikro Elektronik completes its 3U CompactPCI product range with F216, a new board with eight channels, for individual extension of COM interfaces within a system. Minimum availability for the next ten years guarantees that the user’s project is future-safe. Rugged and long-term a

ESMexpress, System-On-Module Standard for Harsh Environments

With the ESMexpress standard MEN Mikro Elektronik bridges a gap in the market for system-on-modules for harsh environmental conditions and safety-critical requirements in industrial embedded applications. Unlike the COM Express standard which is administered by the PICMG, ESMexpress is currently

Multicore Technology with Flexible Mezzanine Card Extension

High graphics performance and flexible I/O configuration The CompactPCI SBC D9 has been specially developed for embedded systems with intensive requirements for computing and graphics performance and low power consumption. Support for a number of Intel CPUs including the Intel® Core 2 Duo T7

XMC and Conduction-Cooled PMC – New Mezzanine Cards Based on FPGA

FLEXIBLE I/O CONFIGURATION THANKS TO FPGA TECHNOLOGY The USM concept allows to realize even unusual I/O combinations on very small space for moderate volumes and at low cost. For this purpose, the P699 main XMC comes with a Cyclone III FPGA with 24,624 LE, and the conduction-cool

New 2eSST VMEbus Single-Board Computer with PowerPC MPC8548

MEN Mikro Elektronik was introducing a new 6U VMEbus single-board computer at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2007 in Nuremberg. The A17 is built around Freescale's new MPC8548 with clock frequencies of up to 1.5 GHz. Due to the 2eSST protocol the board reaches a data transfer rate of up to 320 MB/s. Long-term av

New M-Module with 16bit Analog Inputs

With the new M-Module M36N, MEN Micro prove their long experience with complex analog technology and now present an input board for high speed, resolution and precision requirements in automation, measuring and simulation applications. The M-Module is used in CompactPCI, PCI, PXI or VME systems a

Variable Solutions for CompactPCI Express Systems

MEN Mikro Elektronik offers an uncomplicated and cost-effective migration solution from 3U CompactPCI to CompactPCI-Express. In order to guarantee a smooth migration with existing old hardware and software, as well as for configuration of hybrid systems, MEN, in cooperation with Schroff, have dev

ESM Embedded System Module with Intel® Core™ Duo

On the occasion of the Embedded World 2007 in Nuremberg, MEN announces another Embedded System Module (ESM) - the EM6. Based on the Intel® Core™ Duo processor or the Celeron® M processor and the Intel® 3100 chipset, the EM6 is the smallest server platform in the world. Combine

Mikro Elektronik is Introducing a High-Range WLAN Interface Card

NUREMBERG, Germany – September 19, 2006 - MEN Mikro Elektronik is introducing a high-range WLAN interface card for computer systems in mobile applications at this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin. The new product is tested for a temperature range from -40 to +85°C. For example the electronics can be co

Pentium® M with PCI-Express: CompactPCI® Blade-Server D6

Nuremberg / San Jose / Paris, April 4, 2006: Right on time for the ESC Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose and for RTS Embedded Systems in Paris, MEN presents the new single-board computer D6, a CompactPCI board in double Eurocard format. The Pentium M-based D6 uses the latest Intel server ch

CompactPCI® and CompactPCI Express: Single-board Computer F15

Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2006: On the occasion of Embedded World 2006 and as one of the first manufacturers, MEN presents for the first time a new single-board computer based on the Intel® Core™ Duo processor and the mobile Intel 945GM Express chip set. With the F15 MEN's h

Open Platform for Nios® II Applications on CompactPCI® - F206N

F206N - Hardware with ARM-class Soft Core The F206N is a 3U CompactPCI card that has been designed around a Cyclone™ FPGA device to support the Altera Nios II processor. In FPGA, the Nios II processor provides similar performance to that of an ARM processor and hence fits into the

CompactPCI Single-Board Computer with PowerQUICC III

Nuremberg, Germany - January 16, 2006. MEN Mikro Elektronik is introducing D5 - a new single-board computer in CompactPCI double Eurocard format. It is based on the PowerQUICC III family from Freescale. Combined with the Cyclone FPGA from Altera the D5 is far more flexible than any of the