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15 June 2014

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.

Three Gigabit Ethernet channels at the front and a standard five ports at the rear provide solid connectivity. The three front ports can also be routed to the rear, so that the maximum of eight Ethernet channels defined by CPCI-S.0 are available on the backplane. This routing option is a standard feature, and can be set in the U-Boot boot loader.

In a similar way, the G51 comes with two SATA 2.x channels, where one can either be used for an on-board mSATA disk, or as a second port at the rear. A switchable channel via U-Boot SGPIO is also available.

The G51 comes with six standard rear USB 2.0 ports and the two standard front interfaces can be led to the rear as a hardware option, for a total of eight backplane channels. Four PCI Express links (two x1, one x2 and one x4) add another important column of CompactPCI Serial features to the G51’s rear I/O.

Its abundant connectivity, flexible configuration options and multi-core computing performance make the G51 a universal off-the-shelf platform for all kinds of communication and processing tasks. Data acquisition, data encryption, simulation and process control systems are only a few examples. Suitable CompactPCI Serial peripheral cards are available to add specialized functions in a modular system where necessary.

Apart from its connectivity, the card comes with fast DDR3 RAM, a microSD card slot, a number of board management functions and Linux BSP support. All components are soldered for protection against shock and vibration and withstand an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C. As an option, the board can be equipped with M12 Ethernet front connectors. The G51 is also ready for coating so that it can be used in humid and dusty environments.

All this makes the G51 a perfect choice for railway, avionics or marine applications, but also for fields like automation or power and energy, where computers face harsh environments.

Main features

  • P3041 Freescale™ QorIQ Quad-Core PowerPC
  • Up to eight Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • Up to 8GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM, soldered
  • Standard front I/O: 3Gb Ethernet, two USB 2.0
  • Standard rear I/O: 4 PCIe, 8Gb Ethernet, six USB 2.0, 2 SATA II
  • -40°C to +85°C operating temperature
  • Prepared for E-mark
  • EN 50155 compliant

Fore more information, please contact MEN Mikro Elektronik.

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