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CompactPCI Dual Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Universal Host Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps
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CompactPCI Dual Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Dual Channel Universal Host Adapter 10/100/1000Mb/s

Ethernet remains a megatrend for connecting systems in a heterogeneous environment. With the CN6-ECHO EKF introduces a dual Gigabit Ethernet networking interface controller (NIC) for CompactPCI® systems.

Attachment to the local network across the RJ45 jacks requires an ordinary CAT5/6 twisted-pair copper cable only, which is suitable for distances up to more than 100m. While providing the 1000Base-T standard for fastest data transfer rates, compatibility is maintained to 100Base-TX and even 10Base-T based hubs and switches.

Gigabit Ethernet has been designed to use existing cabling and equipment, hence simplifying the migration process. Integrating the 1000Mbps CN6-ECHO NIC into any CPCI system not only allows for remarkable higher data throughput, but also reduces the network load considerably due to shortened transfer times.

The CN6-ECHO is provided with a 32/64-bit CPCI interface, and can be operated at either 33MHz or 66MHz bus clock. While being compatible with all CPCI systems, the optimum performance will be achieved within a 64-bit/66MHz system.

CN6-ECHO - Dual Gigabit Ethernet NIC


The design of the CN6-ECHO is based on a modern single-chip integrated dual MAC/PHY, thus minimizing the power consumption. The board is provided with a 128kx8 Flash EPROM, suitable for an extended BIOS (system boot from network).

The CN6-ECHO can be integrated smoothly into any existing networking environment. In order to profit from its Gigabit Ethernet capability, a Gigabit switch must be used accordingly for attachment. Existing facility cabling must provide strapping of all 8 pin positions of the RJ45 jack.

The CN6-ECHO is a 3U (single size) Eurocard. For 6U CPCI systems, a mounting kit (CR9-ADAPT) is available, which expands the front panel to 6U height.

CN6-ECHO - Block Diagram

CN6-ECHO - Block Diagram
Feature Summary CN6-ECHO
Form Factor Single size 3U CompactPCI style Eurocard (160x100mm2), front panel width 4HP (20.3mm)
  • Dual twisted pair RJ45, 8-position, suitable for direct attachment to any hubs, switches, routers, transceivers (cross-over patch cable not required in most cases)
  • Category 5/6, UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) or STP (Shielded Twisted Pair), length up to 105m maximum
  • 10Base-T 10Mbps (20Mbps @ full-duplex), 100Base-TX (Fast-Ethernet) 100Mbps (200Mbps @ full-duplex), auto-negotiation for best performance, 1000Base-T (Gigabit Ethernet) 1000Mbps
  • Intel PCI Gigabit Ethernet controller, integrated single chip dual MAC and PHY (transceiver)
  • Jumbo Frame support up to 16KB
  • 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz, DMA bus master
  • 3.3V or 5V interface
Power Consumption
  • +3.3V ±0.15V 1.25A max.
  • VIO +5V or +3.3V 0.01A max.
Environmental Conditions
  • Operating temperature 0°C ... 70°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C ... +85°C
  • Humidity 5% ... 95% non condensing
  • Altitude -300m ... +3000m
  • Shock 15g 0.33ms, 6g 6ms
  • Vibration 1g 5-2000Hz
EC Regulations
  • EN55022, EN55024, EN60950-1 (UL60950-1/IEC60950-1)
  • 2002/95/EC (RoHS)
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Driver Software, BIOS, Tools Intel support available for a variety of operating systems, e.g. Windows®, Linux, Unix, Solaris, DOS

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CN6-ECHO - Assembly Drawing
CN6-ECHO - Assembly Drawing
Ordering Information
Alias Ordering Number Short Description
ECHO CN6-1-ECHO 3U CompactPCI Dual Gigabit Ethernet NIC
ADAPT CR9-5-ADAPT Mechanical kit, expands 3U front panel to 6U
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