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PCI Express Mini Carrier Card Brings SIM Power to CompactPCI
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A robust PCI Express (PCIe) Mini Card carrier board features two PCIe Mini Card slots as standard with USB and PCI Express connections as well as two SIM card slots. The F223 from MEN Micro is a 3U CompactPCI board that can be used in virtually all wireless applications from GPS, WLAN and UMTS to GSM and HSDPA, and is expandable to 18 SIM slots. Each PCIe Mini Card incorporates two or three redundant SMA antenna connectors on the front panel to guarantee the most stable connection over different frequency ranges.
The two PCI Express Mini Cards on the F223 can be reset and powered on and off separately without having to reset the whole system. For applications with frequent location or rate-related network changes, MEN Micro’s AE64 adapter board enables each of the two PCIe Mini Cards to control up to eight additional SIM cards, so that a maximum of 18 SIM cards can be accommodated on a single carrier board.
Additionally, when equipped with a USB-SIM emulator, the board can control SIM cards on a central server. This is especially useful in railway applications, where SIM card data residing on a remote server can be transferred to a system in a moving train, which then uses the corresponding network for a short time to update system information.
The F223 is both designed for -40° to +85°C operating temperature using qualified components and conformally coated for use in harsh and mobile environments. Pricing for the F223 is $514. Delivery is six to eight weeks ARO.
MEN Micro, Abler, PA. (215) 542-9575. [www.menmicro.com].