16, 32, or 48 Channel Isolated Digital Input Cards
PCI-IDI-xx Series cards offer a range of 16, 32, or 48 individual, optically isolated inputs. These cards are ideal for use in control and instrumentation applications where high-voltage protection is required. Individual channel-to-channel isolation allows every channel to be physically and electrically separated from the others.
Inputs feature a change-of-state detection capability (denoted by a ‘C’ after the model number) which provides a means to automatically interrupt the host computer in real time. When one or more input bits change state, a PCI interrupt is generated to automatically wake up your application. This can greatly simplify your application program and eliminate need to continuously poll inputs.
Each input is rectified by photo-coupler diodes, therefore polarity insensitive – either positive, negative, and AC voltage inputs are acceptable. The input range is up to 60VDC or AC rms at frequencies of 40 to 10 kHz.
These cards are especially useful in applications where high common-mode external voltages are present. Isolation is required to guard electronics from transient voltage spikes and offers greater common-mode noise rejection in electronically noisy surroundings containing industrial machinery and inductive loads. These applications include factory automation, energy management, industrial ON/OFF control, security systems, manufacturing test, and process monitoring. In addition to protecting industrial applications from accidental contact with high external voltages, the isolation provided eliminates troublesome ground loops. Connections are available via 50-pin IDC type headers, ribbon cables, and a variety of screw terminal boards.
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These cards are supported for use in most operating systems and include a free DOS, Linux (including Mac OS X) and Windows XP -> 10, both 32 & 64 bit compatible software package. This package contains sample programs and source code in ‘C’ for DOS, and Visual Basic, Delphi, and Visual C++ for Windows. Also incorporated is a graphical setup program in Windows. Linux support includes installation files and basic samples for programming from user level via an open source kernel driver. Third party support includes a Windows standard DLL interface usable from the most popular application programs, and includes example LabVIEW VIs. Embedded OS support includes Windows Xpe, WES7, etc.