WIXOM, Mich., 1 Sept. 2010. Acromag Inc. in Wixom, Mich., is introducing two versions of CAN bus interface mezzanine cards to link network sensors and actuators with high-performance control systems. The IP560 is an IndustryPack ANSI/VITA-4 card that plugs into VME, CompactPCI, and PCI bus mezzanine carrier cards or single-board computers in embedded systems. IOS-560 models are for use within Acromag's I/O Server industrial PC, a small fanless box computer, which services mobile computing, machine control, and test applications.
Both CAN bus interface modules have two channels with optional isolation. Each channel has an NXP SJA1000 CAN controller with a TJA1041 transceiver. Extended temperature models support operating in temperatures from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. All models have two complete CAN bus interfaces, each using an NXP SJA1000 CAN controller with a high-speed TJA1041 transceiver.
An isolation option eliminates ground loop potentials and protects equipment from electrical noise, surges, and spikes. The 1000-volt isolation barrier safely separates channel-to-channel and channel-to-host. A re-configurable FPGA module allows users to execute custom logic routines and algorithms on TTL, differential or LVDS I/O signals. As many as five IP or four IOS modules can be combined on a carrier card.
Acromag offers several software support tools. A Windows development package provides API development software and Win32 DLL drivers, plus examples for C, Visual Basic, .Net, and LabVIEW environments. The Linux software includes a library of I/O function routines. For more information contact Acromag online at www.acromag.com.