New PCIe bus interface boards economically monitor and control up to 48 digital devices

Acromag announced today an addition to their PCIe-based AcroPack Series. The AP471 offers 48 general-purpose, bidirectional I/O points to economically monitor and control a large quantity of digital devices. Inputs and outputs of the AP471 are CMOS and TTL compatible. Programmable polarity event interrupts are software programmable for change-of-state, positive or negative input level transitions on all 48 channels. For safety, outputs go to a failsafe state upon power-up or reset without any instantaneous toggling to prevent false alarms.

A down-facing plug-in 100 pin connector ensures a secure connection for the I/O without any cabling. These modules plug into AcroPack PCIe, VPX, and XMC carriers in any combination for embedded applications running on Linux, Windows, or VxWorks operating systems. AcroPack AP471 modules start at less than $500 and carriers at $750.

For easy integration of the AcroPack modules with real-time software application programs, Acromag offers C libraries for Windows, Linux and VxWorks systems. The libraries provide generic routines (source code included) to handle reads, writes, interrupts, and other functions. Demonstration programs enable the developer to quickly exercise the I/O modules before attaching the routines to the application program. This diagnostic tool can save hours of troubleshooting and debugging.

“We are pleased to add the AP471 module to the product platform,” stated Russell Nieves, Acromag’s Vice President of Sales. “Continued expansion of offerings is critical to providing the capabilities our customers require to meet the latest technological challenges and we at Acromag are committed to providing them with the best solutions possible.”

This COTS line of AcroPacks are SWaP-C optimized, RoHS compliant and ideal for scientific development labs, military and aerospace applications, the defense industry and automation applications.


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