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Universal Fibre Hub (CompactPCI Formfactor)


PDF print version of this specification : A4 or Letter

The Universal Fibre Hub (UFH) is a multi-format I/O signal concentrator and redistribution unit. It is highly configurable and is suitable for use in a wide range of I/O monitoring and control applications.

The device is a single board computer in the CompactPCI (3U) formfactor and has a rich feature list, including an array of analogue and digital I/Os, UART serial I/O channels, USB host interfaces, CAN interfaces and an ATA (hard disk drive) or Compact Flash (memory card) interface.

The UFH is also available as a standalone unit for use in smaller embedded applications.


The UFH incorporates two processor domains. Digital and analogue I/O processing is off-loaded to an onboard I/O Processor (16-bit RISC Microcontroller), whilst serial I/O, data communications and other higher level functions are handled by the System Processor (32-bit PowerPC Microprocessor).

It has an onboard 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interface which is configurable for use with either fibre optic or copper media types. The UFH also features an onboard 32-bit 33/66 MHz PMC site, which offers I/O and processing expansion capabilities through the use of a third party PMC adapter. One example of this would be the use of a CI Systems Dual Gigabit Ethernet PMC adapter, which provides a dual-redundant Gigabit Ethernet link via either fibre optic or copper media.

The UFH can be connected as System Board to a compatible 32-bit CompactPCI backplane and can manage up to five CompactPCI Peripheral Boards, providing excellent scalibility.

cPCI UFH Block Diagram

Universal Fibre Hub Block Diagram


  • VxWorks and Linux Operating Systems supported

  • 32-bit Freescale MPC5200B PowerPC Microprocessor as System Processor

  • 16-bit Fujitsu MB96350 Series Microcontroller as I/O Processor

  • 32-bit 33/66 MHz PCI : one PMC site and five cPCI Peripherals (on a compatible backplane)

  • 32 Mbyte user / application Flash

  • One ATA or CompactFlash UDMA4 interface

  • 256 Mbyte 132 MHz DDR-SDRAM

  • Two 1 Mbit/s isolated CAN interfaces

  • One 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interface, configurable for fibre or copper I/O media types

  • Optional Power over Ethernet (PoE) modules, available as Powered Device (PD) or Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE)

  • Three 1 Mbit/s UART serial I/O interfaces, configurable as either RS-232 or RS-485

  • Two 12 Mbit/s USB 1.1 Host interfaces (Full Speed, 12 Mbit/s)

  • Eight 8-bit D/A Outputs

  • Four 10-bit A/D Inputs, also configurable as digital inputs

  • Four dedicated digital Inputs

  • Four 6 A Open Drain MOSFET Outputs (with onboard LED indicators)

  • Four 100 mA Open Collector BJT Outputs (with onboard LED indicators)

  • Four programmable PWM Outputs



System Processor

Freescale MPC5200B Microprocessor, PowerPC e300 core @ 400 MHz

I/O Processor

Fujitsu MB96350 Series Microcontroller


256 Mbyte @ 132 MHz bus frequency

Flash Memory

32 Mbyte

ATA / CompactFlash


Ethernet Interface

Single 10/100 Base-T interface, configurable for use with either fibre optic or copper media

USB Host Interface

Dual USB 1.1 host interfaces, with a maximum bit rate of 12 Mbit/s

CAN Interface

Dual CAN V2.0 (Part A and B) interfaces, with a maximum bit rate of 1 Mbit/s

Serial I/O Interface

Three UART serial I/O channels, each configurable for either RS-232 or RS-485 operation, with a maximum bit rate of 1 Mbit/s

Digital Inputs

Four dedicated digital inputs

Analogue Inputs

Four 10-bit analogue to digital inputs (also configurable as digital inputs)

Digital Outputs

Four 100 mA Open Collector BJT outputs
Four 6,0 A Open Drain MOSFET outputs

Analogue Outputs

Eight 8-bit digital to analogue outputs

PWM Outputs

Four programmable Pulse Width Modulation outputs

PCI Bus Interface

32-bit, 33/66 MHz
Electrically : PCI Rev.2.2, 3,3 V signalling
Single 32-bit PMC site (with no PMC rear I/O)
CompactPCI System Slot Board compatibility, with support for up to 5 cPCI Peripheral Boards






176 mm x 132 mm

180 g


5,0 V DC @ 5,0 A


User defined, running on either VxWorks or Linux operating systems.




Figures according to MIL-HDBK-217F, Parts Stress Method

  Ground, Mobile
Naval, Sheltered
Airborne, Inhabited Cargo
Ta = 45 C
Ta = 40 C  
Ta = 55 C
22 000 hrs
40 000 hrs
25 000 hrs


Environmental Specifications


Commercial Grade

Industrial Grade

Ruggedised Grade

- Operating
- Storage

   0 C to +55 C
-40 C to +85 C

-15 C to +75 C
-50 C to +85 C

-40 C to +85 C
-60 C to +125 C


0% to 90%

0% to 95%

0% to 95%



30 g peak for 11 ms

40 g peak for 11 ms

- Sine
- Random

2 g (peak) 10 Hz to 100 Hz
0,04 g/Hz at 15 Hz to 2 kHz

10 g (peak) 5 Hz to 2 kHz
0,1 g/Hz at 15 Hz to 2 kHz

10 g (peak) 5 Hz to 2 kHz
0,1 g/Hz at 15 Hz to 2 kHz


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UFH01b Rev.8  2010-08-30
CCII Systems (Pty) Ltd P.O. Box 171 Rondebosch 7701  South Africa 
Telephone : (+27 21) 683 5490 Facsimile : (+27 21) 683 5435 URL : http://www.ccii.co.za/