Family of Rugged PCIe MiniCards Offer Serial & Digital I/O Functionality

Diamond Systems offers a family of rugged PCIe MiniCards for use in embedded SBCs, I/O baseboards, laptops and desktop computers. Fully compatible with the PCI-SIG industry standard, these cards offer a unique mix of serial and digital I/O functionality with an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C and latching connectors for resistance to shock and vibration.

Low Cost, Rugged 4-Port Opto-Isolated Serial PCIe MiniCard Ideal for add-on Serial Ports in Embedded Applications in Harsh Environments Diamond Systems, a leading global supplier of compact, rugged, embedded computing solutions for real-world applications in a broad range of markets, today introduced a rugged, low cost 4-port multiprotocol opto-isolated serial port module in the popular PCIe MiniCard form factor measuring 30 x 51mm. The DS-MPE-SER4OPT offers 4 RS-232/RS-485 opto-isolated serial ports in a PCIe MiniCard form factor. Each port offers 16C550 compatibility and ultra-deep 256-byte TX/RX FIFOs. Maximum data rates are 1Mbps in RS-232 mode and 10Mbps in RS-485 mode. The board is available preconfigured for 4 RS-232 ports, 4 RS-485 ports, or a combination of 2 RS-232 and 2 RS-485 ports. I/O signals are provided on two miniature latching connectors, with 2 ports per connector. Each pair of serial ports on the DS-MPE-SER4OPT offers up to 500V isolation from the system ground. Optoisolation increases reliability in applications with long cable runs, where a difference in ground potential can cause significant ground loop currents, damaging non-isolated boards and equipment. Isolation on this miniature board is achieved through a combination of highly integrated isolated power + data components, careful component placement and layout, and a safety-enhancing insulation film on the bottom side, which prevents accidental contact with components on the carrier board. Extended temperature capability of -40°C to +85°C enables the board to operate in environments with extreme temperature swings, such as vehicles or outdoor installations. In addition, the board may be custom-configured with 0-ohm resistors in place of jumper blocks for increased ruggedness in high-vibration environments. The DS-MPE-SER4OPT's key features and functions are tabulated below. Key Features and Functions • 4 opto-isolated high speed RS-232 or RS-485 ports • SP336 multi-mode transceivers support all modes • 256-byte TX/RX FIFOs • Programmable slew rate minimizes ringing on long or un-terminated cables • +/-500V ESD protection on all ports • +3.3VDC input power • Support for Windows Embedded Standard 7, XP, Vista and Linux 2.6.xx • Rugged design: -40°C to +85°C operating temperature • PCIe MiniCard form-factor: (2 x 1.18 in. / 50.95 x 30mm) The DS-MPE-SER4OPT serial port PCIe MiniCard is the second member of a growing family of PCIe MiniCards from Diamond Systems, following the 4-port high speed RS-232/422/485 card introduced earlier in 2013. This new board provides safe, high speed serial connectivity in harsh environments where isolation is important.