FeaturePak Module Features 96 Programmable Digital I/O Lines

by donpedro

Diamond Systems Corp., a leading supplier of ruggedized single-board computers (SBCs) and I/O expansion modules targeting real-world applications, unveiled the industry’s first digital I/O module compatible with the recently-introduced FeaturePak embedded I/O expansion standard. Despite its diminutive size (see actual size photo at right), the FP-GPIO96 integrates 96 buffered, programmable digital I/O lines with byte-wide and bit-wide port direction control, eight 32-bit counter/timers, four 24-bit pulse-width modulation circuits with 0-100% duty cycle, and a watchdog timer with system reset capability. It interfaces to host systems via the FeaturePak host interface’s high-speed PCI Express bus interface. The FP-GPIO96 is shipped in a standard configuration, based on the “personality” pre-programmed into its on-board FPGA. Alternate personalities may be downloaded at no charge from Diamond’s website and programmed into the board using a Diamond-supplied software utility. The FP-GPIO96 also supports -40°C to +85°C extended temperature operation.

Software Support
Diamond supplies a Universal Driver software toolkit at no extra charge with the FP-GPIO96 digital I/O FeaturePak module, to ease the task of supporting its data acquisition functions in applications under Linux, Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard, and Windows Embedded CE. The toolkit also includes demo programs and example code for each supported OS, to further accelerate application development.

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