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Technobox, Inc. offers a variety of mezzanine board solutions for supplemental I/O used in embedded systems. Designs address a spectrum of possible applications - from a discrete single-width convection-cooled PMC with 4 ports - each selectively configured as RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 - to a unique family of XMCs featuring mix-and-match modularity, from which a collection of 4, 8 or 16-port I/O modules can be built and delivered with limited lead times.

 
 
 

2-Port RS232/RS422/RS485 Asynchronous Serial Communications Adapter PMC (2901)

2-Port RS232/RS422/RS485 Asynchronous Serial Communications Adapter PMC (2901)

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2-Port RS232/RS422/RS485 Asynchronous Serial Communications Adapter PMC

The Technobox, Inc P/N 2901 2-Port Async Communications Adapter is a cost-effective solution for providing additional RS232/RS422/RS485-based serial ports for a host processor. Using configuration switches on the PMC board, each port is independently set-up at either RS232 or RS422 levels. In the RS422 case, an additional option is provided to transmit data on the receive data line in an RS485 fashion. When configured for RS232 mode, a port provides the full set of data and modem control lines - RTS, CTS, TXD, RXD, DCD, DTR, DSR and RI. When configured for RS422 mode, a port provides TXD, RXD, CTS and RTS, each operating at RS422 differential levels with uni-directional drive.

The RS485 mode supports both 2-wire and 4-wire RS485 connections. In 2-wire mode, a single differential RS422 driven pair carries transmit or receive data in a half-duplex fashion. For 4-wire mode, the TXD is also driven on an additional RS422 uni-directional output. Control of transmit/receive direction is accomplished via the RTS control signal from the 16750 UART, as is customarily done for RS485 applications. Options to terminate the differential RS422/RS485 signals with 150-ohm parallel termination are provided by the design.

The two ports are available out the PMC front panel using standard 9-pin male D-Subminiature connectors. For RS232 mode, the pin-out is the same as the Personal Computer 9-pin COM port. Use of standard DB9 connectors avoid the need for special external adapter cables, so any readily available 9-pin COM cable can be used. Switches on the board direct the interrupts from each port to the desired INTA/INTB/INTC/INTD request on the PCI bus. Any combination of connection to the INTx lines is possible, thereby supporting shared and non-shared interrupt requests.

Industry standard 16550 UARTS operating up to 115Kbaud are used in this product. The 16550-register set is accessed from the host processor using Programmed-I/O. ā€œCā€ source code is provided with the board to illustrate how to set up the PCI bus bridge in order to access the UART registers. Once the registers are mapped into host I/O space, standard async communication drivers may be used to access the ports.

 

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