12-Bit Analog Output Cards
- Universal PCI, PCI-X, 3.3V and 5V compatible (Call for PCI-Express availability)
- Two, four, six, eight and sixteen (respectively), 12-Bit, double-buffered, digital-to-analog converters
- Program control provides means for either individual update or simultaneous update of the DACs. The 8 and 16 channel models can use the counter-timer to generate DAC updates, and/or IRQs. The 2/4/6 models can use an external signal in this way.
- Unique, automatic control of DAC outputs to prevent spurious outputs at power-on
- 24-bits (PCI-DA12-8/16) or 16-bits (PCI-DA12-2/4/6) digital I/O buffered with tri-stateable transceivers
- Three 16-bit Down counters (models PCI-DA12-8/16 only)
- Resettable-fused +5VDC available for external use
- RoHS Available. Please contact us for ordering information
- Support for Wind River VxWorks (call for ordering information)
DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTERSThe DACs are double-buffered and can be updated individually or simultaneously. To assure that there will not be excessive outputs to external circuits when the card is plugged in, automatic circuits limit analog outputs to 15 percent of full scale when the card is powered up. Upon power-up, the DAC reference voltage is set to that low voltage and the card is set in the Simultaneous Update mode. Then, after values are loaded into the DACs, you can use a software command to switch the DACs to their respective full scale ranges.
Analog output ranges available are:
- 0 to +2.5V
- 0 to +5V
- 0 to +10V
- -2.5 to +2.5V
- -5 to +5V
- -10V to +10V
- 4 mA to
Higher drive current available on request
CALIBRATIONCalibration constants are generated and stored in software using a program included with the cards. ZERO (or OFFSET) constants are stored in EEPROM along with SPAN calibration constants. Further, the EEPROM stores a table of ranges that are assigned to each channel.
DIGITAL INPUT/OUTPUTOn the PCI-DA12-8 and PCI-DA12-16, a type 8255 Programmable Peripheral (PPI) IC provides 24 bits of digital input/output. The PPI is operated in Mode 0 and provides three 8-bit ports (A, B, and C). Each port can be individually programmed for input or output. Port C can be further configured as two 4-bit ports. Each digital I/O line is buffered by a type LS245 tristate transceiver that can source 15 mA and sink 24 mA (64 mA on request as a factory-installed option). Pull-ups on the card assure that there are no erroneous outputs at power-up and the buffers are configured for input or output use by direction assignment from a control register in the PPI.
The PCI-DA12-2/4/6 cards use the same 8255 PPI, but bring only ports A and B to the connector, providing 16-bits of DI/O
COUNTER/TIMERSThree 16-bit down counters, in a type 8254 IC, are included on the PCI-DA12-8 and PCI-DA12-16. These are configured as Event counters (See Block Diagram) and can also be used as a frequency source derived from an on-board 1 MHz crystal-controlled oscillator. These counters can generate IRQs at a programmed frequency, and/or initiate DAC updates. This allows for very precise timing of waveform generation.
INPUT/OUTPUT CONNECTIONSI/O connections for the DACs are made at a 37-pin Sub-D Male connector on the card mounting bracket. On the PCI-DA12-8/16 I/O connections for the digital inputs/outputs and the counter/timers are made through a 40-pin insulation displacement header and ribbon cable to a second bracket that can install alongside the first. The PCI-DA12-2/4/6 models bring 16-bits of Digital I/O to the same 37-pin connector as the DAC data.
Drivers and Downloads
Information about our Free Software packages:
ACCES is proud to provide a full suite of software support with every Data Acquisition product. We are committed to supporting the most popular operating systems and platforms for our customers. Currently we are actively supporting Windows XP through Windows 10, including "Server 2008," "Embedded," and "Compact" flavors in both 32-bit and 64-bit for all plug-and-play products including PCI, PCI Express, USB, and more. Many products continue to ship with support for additional operating systems such as DOS, Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, and 2000.
Among the software we deliver with our products are sample programs in a wide variety of programming languages. These samples are used to demonstrate the software interfaces to our products — and many can be used as-is in your production environments, or to test functionality of the devices out-of-the-box. We're currently actively supporting sample programs in Visual C# and Delphi with many devices including samples in Visual Basic and Visual C/C++, as well as Borland C/C++ 3.1 for DOS. Additionally we provide National Instruments LabVIEW compatible DLLs and demonstration VIs for many of our devices.
Drivers for various operating systems are also provided, including active support for Windows XP -> 10 — all in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, and including consumer, server, and embedded varieties — as well as the Linux kernels 2.6 and newer and recent macOS versions. Many products continue to ship with driver support for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, and Windows 2000, but support for these operating systems is considered deprecated.
Setup Programs and Utilites
Our Data Acquisition devices also include a graphical setup utility that walks you through the process of configuring any option jumpers or switches on the device, as well as explaining a little about the various connectors present.
Many devices also include utility programs - little tools to make your use of the device easier, such as WinRISC, a "Really Incredibly Simple Communications" terminal program that lets you get started instantly with serial devices.
"Register Level" Documentation
Besides all this software in all these languages and operating systems ACCES has a policy of open and transparent development: none of our lowest-level "register" interfaces are hidden from you — we document every register in every bus card, every command in every serial board, and every usb control transfer in every USB Data Acquisition board. These lowest-level interfaces allow you to develop for our products in ANY operating system or language, regardless of our actively supporting it or having a driver for it. We have customers actively developing in ADA, Android, Python, Java, MATLAB, Solaris, and more, just by referring to our complete low-level interface documentation! And we provide the full source code to all of our drivers, regardless of operating system, to give you an even bigger head start in your own development tasks.
No Fees or Royalties
All of this software is provided at no additional charge, and is licensed under any of a variety of flexible — and royalty free — options. Check out our software license explanation if you'd like more information.
ACCES also offers Custom Software Services for our products. Our prices are unbelievably low, often as inexpensive as free! If you need something tweaked to support your needs, or an entire enterprise application developed from scratch, it is definitely worth your time to inquire with us, first.
Further information about available ACCES Software:
- Redistributing Windows Drivers
- A list of ACCES drivers and the files that compose them under different versions of Windows, so you can easily redistribute ACCES cards and drivers.
PCI-DA12-16 and -8 Block Diagram
PCI-DA12-6, -4, and -2 Block Diagram
- Resolution: 12 bits (0 to 4095 decimal)
- PCI-DA12-2: Two independent or simultaneous update
- PCI-DA12-4: Four independent or simultaneous update
- PCI-DA12-6: Six independent or simultaneous update
- PCI-DA12-8: Eight independent or simultaneous update
- PCI-DA12-16: Sixteen independent or simultaneous update
- Voltage Output Ranges:
0-2.5 VDC, 0-5 VDC, 0-10 VDC, + 2.5 VDC, + 5.0 VDC, + 10.0 VDC
- Current Range: 4 to 20 mA (with external excitation voltage of 8-36VDC)
- Short-circuit Current: 25 mA maximum
- Output Drive Capability: 5 mA maximum
- Output Resistance: Less than 0.1 ohm
Digital to Analog Convertor
- AD7237 monolithic chip, double buffered
- Relative Accuracy: ± 4 LSB max, ± ½ LSB typical
- Linearity: + ½ LSB integral non-linearity over rated temperature range
- Monotonicity: 12 bits over operating temperature range
- Settle time: 8 usec to 1 LSB for full-scale step input
- Data Format: 12-bit binary, right justified and offset binary for bipolar outputs
- Gain Stability: + 15 ppm/°C typ.
- Data Format: Right-justified, two bytes (8LSB's and 4MSB's)
Counter/Timers (PCI-DA12-8/16 only)
- Type: 82C54-5 programmable interval counters.
- Output Drive: 2.2 ma at 0.45 VDC (5 LSTTL loads).
- Input Gate: TTL/CMOS compatible
- Clock: On-board, 1 MHz crystal-controlled clock.
- Active Count Edge: Negative Edge.
- Minimum Clock Pulse Width: 30 nS high, 50 nS low.
- Timer Range: 48 bits
- Operating Temperature: 0 to +60o C
- Storage Temperature: -20 to +85o C
- Humidity: 5% to 95% without condensation
- PCI-DA12-8/16: 12.2" (310 mm) long
- PCI-DA12-2/4/6: 6.0" (147 mm) long
- Logic High: 2.0 to 5.0 VDC.
- Logic Low: -0.5 to +0.8 VDC.
- Input Load (High): +20 µA.
- Input Load (Low): -200 µA.
- Logic High: 2.0 VDC min., source 32 mA.
- Logic Low: 0.55 VDC max., sink 64 mA.
DC Power Output
- +5 VDC at 500 mA is available on the 37-pin connector.
- This product is in full compliance with CE requirements.