Lockport, IllinoisData acquisition board maker KineticSystems Co. is rolling out a new VXI (VME eXtensions for Instrumentation) Slot-0 controller that packs an Intel Pentium-4 microprocessor. Alternatively, on-board strapping can let it be used as a VXI-based processor in non-Slot-0 applications.
KineticSystems's V153 board joins a family of PowerPC-based slot-0 controllers from the company. "But, we're the first company to introduce a Pentium 4-based slot-0 controller," claims KineticSystems Executive VP Patrick Cassady.
A note about the VMEbus. Developed originally two decades ago as a backplane for Motorola processors, it is presently widely used for data acquisition, control, and instrumentation. However, because of limitations in the VME specs, particularly for analog conversion, major instrumentation manufactures developed the VXIbus. It's now IEEE Standard 1155.
Gobs Of Connectivity, Memory
Back to the V153. This single-width C-size module can be ordered with either 1.7-GHz or 2.2-GHz clocking options for support of soft realtime applications. Either way, it includes two Ethernet controllers for 10BaseT, 100BaseTX, and 1000BaseT operation. It also includes up to 1-Gbyte of bootable flash, and up to 1-Gbyte of PC1600 DDR SDRAM. Finally, it includes a front-panel USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) port.
The V153, supporting Windows XP, also includes a PMC expansion site. It can be used to expand the board's capability to support peripherals and connectivity options such as FDDI, CompactFlash, IEEE-488/GPIB, Fibre Channel, FPDP, and more.
The V153 can also be ordered with an optional external CD-ROM drive. It lets you install a number of popular
programming environments and compilers, including Visual C++.
VISA Plug-and-Play Virtual Instruments
KineticSystems's V153 also supports VISA (the VXI Plug-and-Play Virtual Instruments Systems Architecture) library, with an included RESMAN (resource manager). The VISA industry-standard I/O control library permits modules to be controlled via several interfaces with the same I/O function calls.
Pricing ranges from about $7250 to $9150.
For more info, contact Cassady or marketing manager Nicole Faubert at Gage Applied Technologies, KineticSystems Co., 900 North State St., Lockport, Illinois. Phone: (514) 633-7007, Ext. 3034. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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