PCI Express Boards Enable Robust Synchronous Serial Communications

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Two new single-port PCI Express serial I/O adapters are designed for avionics, satellite, radar and other applications that require robust synchronous communications. Both boards from Sealevel Systems use the Zilog Z85230 Enhanced Serial Communications Controller (ESCC) for maximum compatibility with a variety of interfaces and protocols.

The 5102e multi-interface board is configurable for RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, RS-530, RS-530A or V.35, while the 5103e has an RS-232 interface. Both boards support data rates up to 128 Kbits/s. A digital phase lock loop (DPLL) circuit is included in each design for reliable communication when using NRZI or FM encoding.

Sealevel’s SeaMAC synchronous serial driver provides HDLC/SDLC protocols as well as certain configurations of monosync, bi-sync and raw modes for critical communication development and support. Software utilities are included to speed application development and to assist in field installation.

The 5102e is available immediately from stock priced at $459 for low-profile and full-height PCI Express slots. The 5103e and 5103eS begin at $449. Standard operating temperature range is 0 - +70°C, and extended temperature versions operating from -40° to +85°C are available. Like all Sealevel I/O products, the 5102e and 5103e are backed by free technical support and a lifetime warranty.

Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC. (864) 843-4343. []