Acromag’s New RS232, RS422 and RS485 Serial Communication AcroPack® I/O Modules
AcroPack® AP500 Series provides asynchronous serial communication for a high-density solution, lowers per-port costs and saves carrier card slots for other functions.
By Robert Greenfield, Business Development Manager | February 1, 2017
Wixom, MI: Acromag announced today their latest PCIe-based AcroPack® modules, the AP500 Series. The boards offer up to eight RS232 or RS422/485 communication ports with 256-byte FIFO buffers to minimize CPU interaction for improved system performance. They are an extended version of the mPCIe specification and feature a 100-pin connector to handle the I/O. The modules plug into AcroPack® PCIe or VPX carriers in any combination for embedded applications running on Linux®, Windows®, or VxWorks® operating systems.
Acromag’s AcroPack PCIe or VPX carrier holds up to four mini-PCIe or AcroPack mezzanine modules. AcroPack modules start at less than $350 and carriers $750.
For easy integration of the AP modules with real time software application programs, Acromag offers C libraries for VxWorks® and other operating systems. The libraries provide generic routines (source code included) to handle reads, writes, interrupts, and other functions. Demonstration programs enable the developer to quickly exercise the I/O modules before attaching the routines to the application program. This diagnostic tool can save hours of troubleshooting and debugging.
“For more than 20 years Acromag has been a world leader in the design of Industry Pack I/O modules” stated Russell Nieves, Acromag’s Director of Embedded sales. “We believe that the time is right to offer a complete tech refresh with the addition of the new AcroPack® I/O product offering.”
This COTS line of AcroPacks are SWaP-C optimized, RoHS compliant and ideal for scientific development labs, military and aerospace applications, the defense industry and automation applications.
Founded in 1957, Acromag, Inc. designs and manufactures high-tech industrial electronics. They are an international corporation headquartered near Detroit, Michigan with a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded computing and I/O solutions including general purpose I/O boards, single-board computers, FPGA modules, embedded computers, COM Express products, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software. Industries served include military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.
For more information about Acromag products, call Inside Sales at (248) 295-0310 or Marketing Communications at (248) 295-0866. The web site is www.acromag.com.
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