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  • 90411 Nürnberg
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Mechanical Security for 19-Inch Systems - Interlocking for CompactPCI Cards

CompactPCI Interlocking from MEN protects against unauthorized access

(PresseBox) (Nuremberg, Germany, ) Thanks to a new development of MEN Mikro Elektronik it is now possible for the first time to protect CompactPCI cards against unauthorized access and exchange. The interlocking is placed around the ejector of the cards and prevents actuation of the red unlocking button.

Security – Safe Hardware

A railway project for entertainment systems in trains gave the impetus to do this new development. In the project a protection against unauthorized exchange of the hard disk shuttles was needed. As this wasn’t possible until now, MEN itself did the development of such a protection without further ado.

Especially in times of the Internet of Things and cloud based server applications of course the security of data plays a crucial role. While the main focus here is on the development of software, the hardware also needs to fulfill the correspondent qualifications for secure communications and protection against external attacks to be really safe and reliable.

In addition to the new mechanical possibility using the interlocking of CompactPCI cards, MEN is of course working with different methods to achieve security for the communication and programming of the hardware.

These are for example TPM-enabled (Trusted Platform Module) chips, which facilitate encrypted data storage and secure booting, a password-protected BIOS for additional anti-tampering protection as does the security provided by “whitelisting”, i.e. blocking unauthorized applications.



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MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH

"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. The company - with approx. 300 employees worldwide - provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded COTS boards and devices widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in mobile, industrial and safety-critical applications.

- Safe computers and systems certifiable up to SIL 4 and DAL-A
- Robust built-to-order box PCs
- Panel PCs for HMIs and digital signage
- Pre-configured built-to-order 19" 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 with 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, 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 & public transport, off-road & heavy vehicles, aerospace, marine) and industrial (automation, power & energy, medical) markets.

The company is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 (environment), EN 9100 (aerospace) and IRIS (railway) quality management systems, 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.

MEN Mikro Elektronik is a member of:
- AMD Fusion Partner Program
- ARINC (Aeronautical Radio Incorporated)
- BavAIRia (Cluster for innovative aerospace technology in Bavaria)
- CAN in Automation
- CNA (Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V.)
- NXP Design Alliance
- Intel® IoT Solutions Alliance
- Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)
- PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group)
- PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group)
- USB-IF (Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum, Inc.)
- VITA (VMEbus International Trade Association)
- Wind River Partner Eco System