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1394 Firewire Module (VL-MPEe-FW1)

1394 Firewire Module  (VL-MPEe-FW1)1394 Firewire Mini PCIe Module

1394 Firewire Mini PCIe Module

Mini PCIe module provides 2 channels of 1394 FireWire for embedded systems. Industrial temperature.


  • 2-channels of 1394 FireWire
    6-pin connector FireWire 400/1394a latching.
    9-pin connector FireWire 800/1394b right angle.
  • Mini PCIe Module Format
    Small and flexible.
  • Standard Operating Systems Drivers (Windows, Linux)
    Typically no additional software drivers needed.
  • Industrial Temperature
    -40° to +85°C operation for harsh environments.
  • PCIe Signaling
    Compatible with Mini PCIe sockets.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock / vibration environments.
  • 5+ Year production life guarantee

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The VL-MPEe-FW1 is an extremely small and rugged FireWire module based on the industry-standard Mini PCIe module format. This Mini PCIe module provides an easy and economical way to add FireWire 1394 to an embedded computing solution.

This module supports one FireWire 800 (1394b) and one FireWire 400 (1394a) channel operating at extended temperature.This I/O board is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, and Linux.

As with all VersaLogic products, the VL-MPEe-FW1 is designed to support OEM applications where high reliability and long-term availability are required. From application design-in support, to its 5+ year production life guarantee, the VL-MPEe-FW1 provides a durable I/O expansion with an excellent cost of ownership.

VersaLogic products are designed for use by OEMs working in a variety of market applications: Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Industrial, Security, Medical, Military, Robotics, and Transportation. Anywhere that the need for superb quality and high-performance embedded computing exists, applications include: automation, avionics, gateway, in-vehicle, monitoring, simulation, and vision.

VersaLogic delivers extremely reliable standard and customized embedded computers backed with unsurpassed service and the highest availability in the market. VersaLogic exists to exceed customers' product, service, support and delivery needs - whenever and wherever the need arises.


General Board Size Mini PCIe module (full size): 30 mm x 50.95 mm x 6.39 mm
Power Requirements (Estimated) 3.3V ±5% @ 0.8W Typical (supplied by the Mini PCIe socket)
Manufacturing Standards IPC-A-610 Class 2
Regulatory Compliance RoHS
Mini PCIe Signal Type PCI Express Base Specification, Rev 1.1
Environmental Operating Temperature -40 to +85C Derate -1.1C per 305m (1,000 ft.) above 2,300m (7,500 ft.).*
The ambient air surrounding the MPEe-FW1 must be at or below +85C.
Storage Temperature -40 to +85C
Operating* To 15,000 ft. (4,570m)
Storage To 40,000 ft. (12,000m)
Thermal Shock 5C/min. over operating temperature.
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing.
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A: 2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 min. per axis.
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 5.35g rms, 5 min. per axis.
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G: 20g half-sine, 11 msec. duration per axis.
Device I/O Firewire Interface 1-channel of FireWire 400 (1394a)
1-channel of FireWire 800 (1394b)
Firewire Connectors # One 6-pin positive latching 1.5mm pitch Firewire 400 connector
One standard 9-pin right angle Firewire 800 connector
Aux Power 12V One 4-pin positive latching 1.5mm pitch connector
Software Drivers ¥ Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, and Linux.
¥ Windows 7 driver needed to run both ports concurrently - available at "Driver Packages" above.
# ESD Clamp and Live-Insertion Detect on both ports, turns cable power off during a hot-plug error condition.
* For extended altitude information contact VersaLogic Sales Dept.
† MIL-STD-202G shock and vibe levels are used to illustrate the ruggedness of this product in general. Testing to higher levels and/or different types of shock or vibration methods can be accommodated per the specific requirements of the application. Contact a VersaLogic Sales Engineer for further information.
Specifications are subject to change without notification. PCI Express is a registered trademark of the PCI-SIG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Software Support Packages

Windows Win 7
  • MPEe-FW1E FireWire Driver for Windows - 112912
    This driver is recommended for Windows 7.
    It contains better support for the MPEe-FW1E firewire card (allowing the simultaneous use of both FireWire ports) than the standard Windows 7 driver.

Operating System Compatibility

Win 10 - Tested & Compatible
Win 8 - Tested & Compatible
Win 7 - Tested & Compatible
Win XP - Tested & Compatible
Win Std 7 - Tested & Compatible
Win XPe - Tested & Compatible
Win CE - Meets Specifications
Debian - Tested & Compatible
Ubuntu - Tested & Compatible
Knoppix - Tested & Compatible
VxWorks - Meets Specifications
Neutrino - Meets Specifications

OS Compatibility Notes

  • WES 7 - Tested on Windows Embedded Standard 7 (SP1)


Part Number Description Photo
VL-CBR-0602Firewire 6-pin latching cable, 1.5 m
VL-CBR-0403Power cable. 4-pin 12V, 12"
VL-HDW-108Mini PCIe card / mSATA 10x hold-down screws for use with 2.5 mm standoffs, Metric thread, Nylon
VL-HDW-110Mini PCIe module 10x hold-down screws for use with 2.0 mm standoffs, Nylon

Expansion Modules

Part Number Description Form Factor
VL-EPM-P2E PC/104-Plus Mini PCIe socket x2 adapter, industrial temperaturePC/104-Plus
VL-EPMp-P2E PCI-104 Mini PCIe socket x2 Adapter, industrial temperaturePCI-104

VersaLogic Mini PCIe Modules

Part Number Function Form Factor
VL-MPEe-A1E Analog Input Module, x8 channels single ended (12-bit resolution), industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-A2E Analog Input Module, x8 channels single ended (16-bit resolution), industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-E3E Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-E4E Gigabit Ethernet Over Fiber Optic media (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-E5E Two Channel Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-U2E RS-232/422/485 x4 + GPIO x12 Module, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-V5E VGA and LVDS Interface, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEs-F1E32 32 GB mSATA drive, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-F1E16 16 GB mSATA drive, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-S3E SATA Adapter, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEu-G2E GPS Receiver, industrial temperature (USB signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEu-G2E-Z GPS Receiver, no battery, industrial temperature (USB signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEu-G3E Precision GPS Receiver, industrial temperature (USB signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEu-G3E-Z Precision GPS Receiver, no battery, industrial temperature (USB signaling)Mini PCIe

Ordering Information

Model Function Operating Temp. Digi-Key logo
VL-MPEe-FW1E 1394 FireWire Module -40 to +85C

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SCHEDULE B:8471.60.7000