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PCIe MiniCard for serial I/O expansion

4 September 2013 Computer/Embedded Technology

Diamond Systems has introduced a rugged PCIe MiniCard module that is ideal for serial I/O expansion in embedded and OEM applications. The DS-MPE-SER4M offers four RS-232/422/485 serial ports with an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C.

Data rates on every port are up to 1 Mbps in RS-232 mode and 10 Mbps in RS-422 and RS-485 modes. The board’s serial protocols are selected via software controlled GPIO lines built into the UART or onboard jumpers. I/O signals are provided on two miniature connectors with 2 ports per connector.

The board features a 256 Byte Tx/Rx FIFO memory and its multi-mode transceivers support all modes of operation. Programmable slew rate minimises ringing on long or un-terminated cables, and ±15 kV ESD protection is provided on all ports.



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