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  • 16-bit DAC
  • 8 channels voltage output
  • Isolated analog voltage output
  • PCIe bus interface
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The AP236 outputs analog voltage signals to drive up to 8 devices. When used with a carrier that holds four AcroPack modules, up to 32 voltage outputs can be obtained from a single card cage slot.

Each output channel has its own 16-bit D/A converter (DAC). Individual DACs are faster, and they eliminate glitches typically caused by the re-acquisition process of sample and holds found on multiplexed output boards.

Individual channels also have double-buffered data latches. You can select to update each output when it is written to, or to update all outputs simultaneously. Simultaneous outputs better simulate linear movements in motion processes.

The AP236 supports 6 independent software selectable output ranges plus capabilities to monitor the status of each output.

Designed for COTS applications these modules output analog voltage signals to drive up to 8 devices. When used with a carrier that holds four AcroPack modules, up to 32 voltage outputs can be obtained from a single card cage slot.

AcroPack modules are RoHS compliant and ideal for military, defense, automation, aerospace, scientific, and development labs industries.

The AcroPack®  product line updates our popular Industry Pack I/O modules with a PCIe interface format. This COTS tech-refresh offers a compact size, low-cost I/O, the same functionality and memory map of the existing IP modules in a rugged form factor. Combine different AcroPack modules on one carrier for a simplified modular approach to system assembly.

The AP236 modules are 70mm long, 19.05mm longer than the full-length mini PCIe card. The board’s width is the same as mPCIe board and use the same mPCIe standard board hold down standoff and screw keep out areas.

A down-facing 100 pin Samtec connector will mate with the carrier card. Fifty of these signals are available as field I/O signals.

Performance Specifications

Analog Output

Output configuration: 8 isolated bipolar/unipolar.
D/A Resolution: AP236-8E-LF: 16 bits.
Output ranges: Unipolar: 0V to 5V, 0V to 10V. BiPolar: -2.5V to 7.5V, ±-3V, ±5V, ±10V.
Settling time: 9uS – 20V step to 1 LSB at 16-bit resolution. 7.5uS – 10V step to 1 LSB at 16-bit resolution.
Maximum throughput rate: Outputs can be updated simultaneously or individually. One channel: 7.5μS/conversion. Eight channels simultaneously: 17μS/8 channels. Calibrated system accuracy
Linearity error: ±0.5 LSB. Offset error: ±0.0625 LSB. Gain error: ±0.0625 LSB. Total error: ±0.625 LSB (±0.0152% FSR) maximum.
Data format (left–justified):  Straight Binary or Two’s Complement.
Output at reset: 0 volts.
Output current: 10mA (maximum). This corresponds to a minimum load resistance of 1K ohms with a 10V output.
Short circuit protection: Indefinite at 25°C.
Alarm function: Software readable for brownout, short-circuit and temperature exceeding 150 °C conditions.

PCI Express Base Specification

Conforms to PCIe base specification Revision 2.1.
Lanes: 1 lane in each direction.
Bus Speed: 2.5 Gbps (Generation 1).
Memory: 4k space required. 1 base address register.

Environmental

Operating temperature:  -40 to 70°C. -40 to 85°C. (requires an AcroPack heatsink conduction-cool kit)
Storage temperature: -55 to 150°C.
Relative humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing.
MTBF: Contact the factory
Power: 3.3V DC ±5% 400mA typical, 480mA maximum. 12V DC isolated ±5% 70mA typical. -12V DC isolated ±5%  < 10mA typical. See user manual for specifics.

Physical

Length 70mm.
Width 30mm.

  • PCI Express Generation 1 interface
  • Independent 16-bit D/A converters per channel
  • Sample software and diagnostics
  • Double-buffered DACs
  • Built-in calibration coefficients
  • Independent selectable output ranges
  • Outputs reset to 0 volts
  • Internally stored calibration coefficients ensure accuracy.
  • Software provides easy selection of transparent or simultaneous output modes.
  • Double-buffered DACs allow new data to be written to each channel before the simultaneous trigger updates the outputs.
  • Alarm function
  • Solid-down connector I/O interface
  • Wide temperature range
  • PCIe, VPX and XMC carriers
  • Linux®, Windows®, and VxWorks® support

Manuals

AP236 User Manual (Log in to download the file)

Drawings & Diagrams

APSW-API-LNX (Log in to download the file)
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Additional information

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APSW-API-LNX: Linux example libraries, APSW-API-VXW: VxWorks deluxe library, APSW-API-WIN: Windows DDL driver

  • Description

    An application programming interface with function routines for AcroPack modules/carriers. Customizable for other operating systems.

    Function Libraries for VxWorks

    Acromag’s software development tools greatly simplify the interface between AcroPack I/O boards and your application program. Libraries provide easy-to-use C function routines that quickly integrate with your application. The C functions are ready for use “as-is,” but they are also easily customized for your unique application.

    DLL Driver for Windows

    This package provides DLL driver level support for Acromag’s line of AcroPack products.

    AcroPack Windows Driver Software consists of low – level drivers and Windows Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) that facilitate the development of Windows applications accessing Acromag AcroPack I/O modules.

    The software includes kernel drivers and DLLs for both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows. Applications developed to run on 32-bit versions of Windows use the 32-bit kernel drivers and 32-bit DLLs. Applications developed to run on 64-bit versions of Windows use the 64-bit kernel drivers and either the 32-bit or 64-bit DLLs. Except where noted otherwise, the usage of the 32-bit and 64-bit DLLs is identical.

    Linux Libraries (download only from the Software tab)

    An application programming interface with function routines for AcroPack modules/carriers.

    Linux Libraries Version: Red Hat Fedora 29; Kernel 4.20.14-200

  • Features & Benefits

    • PCI Express Generation 1 interface
    • Independent 16-bit D/A converters per channel
    • Sample software and diagnostics
    • Double-buffered DACs
    • Built-in calibration coefficients
    • Independent selectable output ranges
    • Outputs reset to 0 volts
    • Internally stored calibration coefficients ensure accuracy.
    • Software provides easy selection of transparent or simultaneous output modes.
    • Double-buffered DACs allow new data to be written to each channel before the simultaneous trigger updates the outputs.
    • Alarm function
    • Solid-down connector I/O interface
    • Wide temperature range
    • PCIe, VPX and XMC carriers
    • Linux®, Windows®, and VxWorks® support
  • Specs & Data Sheets

    Manuals

    AP236 User Manual (Log in to download the file)

    Drawings & Diagrams

  • Software

    APSW-API-LNX (Log in to download the file)
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  • Additional information

    Additional information

    Weight N/A
    Dimensions N/A
    Part Number

    APSW-API-LNX: Linux example libraries, APSW-API-VXW: VxWorks deluxe library, APSW-API-WIN: Windows DDL driver