Serial Communications Card
- 2 independent optically-isolated asynchronous serial COM ports
- Field selectable RS-422 and RS-485, independent for each port
- Auto-RTS feature makes half-duplex RS-485 communications effortless
- Fixed bias and jumper selectable termination provided on each transmit and receive channel simplifies cabling
- Speeds up to 115.2K
- Operates as a standard COM port in all operating systems
- RoHS Available. Please contact us for ordering information
- Factory Options: (call for pricing and availability)
- 16850 UART’s with 128-byte FIFO
- Speeds up to 460.8K
- 0 to 60 C and -40 to +85 C versions available
By means of jumper placement on the card, each port can be setup for either RS-485 or
RS-422 operation. RS-422 operation uses differential balanced line drivers for long range
and high noise immunity. RS-485 operation improves on that by providing multi-drop
capability for as many as 32 devices. RS-485 communication requires that one device on the
network provide a bias voltage to ensure a known “zero” state when all transmitters are
off. Also, receiver inputs at each end of the network should be terminated to avoid
“ringing”. Both ports on the 104-ICOM-2S support those needs, bias is provided as a
standard, and termination by means of jumper selection.
The card supports half-duplex and full-duplex communications in 2- and 4-wire cable
connections. Half duplex allows traffic to travel in both directions, but only one way at
a time. In full-duplex operation, data travels both ways at the same time. Most RS-485
communications use the half-duplex mode because only a single pair of wires needs to be
used and installation costs are dramatically reduced. In RS-485 operation the driver must
be enabled and disabled as needed to allow all cards to share a two wire or four wire
cable. Auto-RTS control circuits on the 104-ICOM-2S enable the driver when data is to be
transmitted. When transmission is complete, the driver is automatically disabled. The receiver at that
port is disabled during transmission time and then enabled at the completion of data
Type 16550 UART’s are used. These include 16-byte FIFO buffers to protect against data
loss in multitasking operating systems. The on-board crystal oscillator and supporting
circuitry provides means for selection of standard baud rates up to 115,200. Up to 460,000 Baud can be achieved via a factory option.
Connections are made with the card’s serial ports via standard DB9 Male connectors (equipped with jack-screws to eliminate vibration worries in harsh environments and applications).
Standard 16550 compatible UART ensures compatibility with DOS, Windows XP -> 10, both 32 & 64 bit, Linux and all other major operating systems.
Drivers and Downloads
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.
- Two shielded male D-sub 9-pin connectors compatible with RS-485 and RS-422 specifications.
- Character Length: 5, 6, 7, or 8 bits.
- Parity: Odd, even, or none.
- Stop Interval: 1, 1.5, or 2 bits.
- Serial Data Rates: Up to 115,200 baud asynchronous, 460,000 Baud optional.
- Asynchronous Communication Element: Type 16C550 UART which includes 16 byte FIFO.
- Receiver Input Sensitivity: ±200 mV differential input.
- Common Mode Voltage Rejection: +12V to -7V.
- Transmitter Output Drive Capability: 60 mA.
- Operating Temperature Range: 0° to +60°C, (-40° to +85°C Optional)
- Storage Temperature Range: -50° to +120° C.
- Humidity: 5% to 95% RH, non-condensing.
- Power Required: +5VDC at 200mA typical, all outputs open
CE testing & approval must be done at the system level, in the designed enclosure, and is not done on individual boards.