Industrial computing covers distributed client / server computing. Servers are powerful computers or processors dedicated to managing disk drives, printers, automated industrial processes or network traffic. Clients are PCs or workstations on which users.
Access control systems are used to identify people before granting access to secure facilities.
AdvancedMC products are mezzanine cards (MC) that use a bus specification from the PCI Manufacturers Group (PICMG) for the telecom industry. AdvancedMC products offer advanced telecom features and hot-swap capabilities.
Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA or ATCA) products use advanced telecom computing architecture (AdvancedTCA), an open standard for high-speed, high-performance telecommunications systems.
Backplanes are circuit boards that contain sockets or expansion slots for connections to other circuit boards. There two types of backplanes: active and passive.
Ba code cards are computer boards that contain storage, font macros, and logic for printing barcodes.
Bus adapters connect peripherals to computers that do not provide native support for a peripheral's interface. Some bus adapters are housed in cables that connect one bus to another. Others are board-level cards, blades, or stand-alone units with interfaces and power supplies.
Bus expanders are computer boards or cable systems that connect to other interface boards, using only one I/O slot while remaining compliant with the bus standard.
Bus extenders are used to increase cable lengths for distance-limited bus protocols.
Carrier cards and carrier boards are slotted so that other modules can be plugged into them. Carrier boards may be "slaves" (non-intelligent) or "intelligent."
Computer-based instruments are part of a computer (a board, for example), or need to be connected to a computer in order to measure and display data.
Computer motherboards are printed circuit boards (PCBs) that house basic computer circuitry and vital components. They are devices into which other computer boards or cards are plugged.
Computer-on-Modules (COM) are highly integrated single-board computers built on a single circuit board. They are used in embedded applications.
Computers are programmable electronic devices that accept data, execute prerecorded instructions, perform mathematical and logical operations, and output results.
Core modules are computer boards or integrated circuits that are populated with electronic components and used in embedded applications. Core modules are mounted on user-designed motherboards and other systems for quick integration in custom designs.
Device programmers are used to program nonvolatile memory such as microcontrollers, erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), programmable logic devices (PLDs), programmable array logic (PAL), generic array logic (GAL) and other electrically programmable devices.
Development and prototype boards and systems are computer boards or complete systems that are used to develop or test electronic modules.
Fibre Channel products include hubs, directors, servers, adapters, etc.
Fieldbus products are industrial automation products used in industrial network communications on factory floors.
GPIB controllers and GPIB interface boards are devices that enable communications between GPIB buses and GPIB networks.
GPIB converters translate data from the GPIB bus to another bus type, and vice versa. For instance, an RS232-to-GPIB converter translates serial commands generated by the RS232 interface into GPIB commands.
GPIB expanders allow the system to interface with more than the maximum number of devices specified in IEEE 488.1. GPIB isolators are used to electrically isolate two GPIB networks.
GPIB extenders are used to remove the restrictions on cable length specified in the IEEE 488 (GPIB) standard, while maintaining optimal performance (e.g., maximum data rate, transmission quality, etc.).
GPIB products is a general search form for controllers, converters, extenders, expanders, isolators, switches and other products that use the general-purpose interface bus (GPIB). More detailed search forms are available for each type of GPIB product.
GPIB switches enable several GPIB controllers to share one or more GPIB devices. They also allow a single GPIB controller to operate multiple GPIB bus systems.
Human machine interfaces (HMI) are operator interface terminals with which users interact in order to control other devices.
Industrial chassis and card cages are metal frames that support and contain electronic components and power supplies. They generally have a backplane with slots to install other peripherals and accessories.
IndustryPack® modules are computer boards that interface with the IndustryPack (IP) mezzanine bus, a device used to provide input/output (I/O) capabilities in general-purpose computer systems. IndustryPack is a registered trademark of GreenSpring computers and a specification maintained by the VITA standards organization (VSO) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Intellectual property (IP) cores are pre-designed, pre-tested, integrated circuits or boards of industry-standard functions that can be easily used in embedded applications. Generally IP cores are treated as intellectual property and are licensed to OEMs.
Loop powered devices are electronic devices that can be connected in a transmitter loop, normally a current loop, without the need to have a separate or independent power source. Typical loop powered devices include sensors, transducers, transmitters, isolators, monitors, PLCs, and many field instruments.
LXI products use LAN extension for instrumentation (LXI), a networking platform designed for the management of instruments in industrial environments. LXI is based on Ethernet technology and usable across a local area network (LAN).
Matrix switching systems rout signals (RF, video, audio, data, and others) from multiple inputs to multiple outputs.
M-Modules are ANSI/VITA 12-1996 mezzanine cards that are used mainly in industrial computers. They communicate with a printed circuit board (PCB) carrier over a dedicated bus and feature a fast, asynchronous parallel interface.
Multibus boards are backplane crate systems that are designed to hold modules They are similar to computer automated measurement and control (CAMC) and network interface module (NIM) systems.
Multipurpose computer boards can perform numerous, related functions. Examples include modem/fax cards, modem/Ethernet cards, and serial/parallel adapters.
Network servers control and manage network resources such as files, printers, users, groups, etc.
Network switches connect network devices to host computers and allow a large number of devices to share a limited number of ports. They increase network capacity and speed by examining and filtering data packets. Switches also regenerate forwarded packets, reducing collision rates and permitting the use of additional nodes.
Panel PCs are specialized computers that are designed for industrial applications. The personal computer or PC is embedded in a flange or panel, allowing operators to monitor or manage industrial processes.
PC/104 modules are tied to the integrated system architecture (ISA) bus standard that is used mainly in embedded systems. Modules are 3.6" x 3.8" and can be self-stacked to save space.
PCI Express products (PCIe products) use a computer protocol and interface format which communicates more quickly than peripheral component interconnect (PCI), a standard which PCIe is designed to replace.
PMC modules and XMC modules include a wide range of peripherals that are designed to function with in conjunction with PCI mezzanine cards (PMC).
Kiosks and point of sale (POS) systems are used for sale processing and inventory tracking. Examples include electronic cash registers, computerized check-out systems and self-serve kiosks.
Programmable automation controller (PAC) modules are add-on devices that perform a specific control function in PAC systems.
Programmable automation controller (PAC) systems consist of PAC modules, each of which performs a specific function. PAC systems are used in motion control, machine control, machine vision, and other industrial control applications.
Programmable automation controllers (PAC) are compact industrial controllers used in applications such as data acquisition and control, machine vision control, and process control. PACs are functionally similar to programmable logic controllers (PLC), but provide the advanced software features of personal computers (PC).
Programmable logic controllers (PLC) are the control hubs for a wide variety of automated systems and processes. They use a wide variety of inputs and outputs and provide network capability.
RapidIO products use a high-performance, packet-switched architecture to pass data and control information between microprocessors, digital signal processors (DSPs), communication and network processors, system memory, and peripherals within a system.
Relay boards are computer boards with an array of relays and switches. They have input and output terminals and are designed to control the voltage supply.
Single board computers (SBC) serve as the motherboard for instrumentation systems including modern PCs. SBCs are composed of a microprocessor, memory chip, and serial and parallel interfaces to communicate with other devices.
Industrial workbenches and industrial workstations are locations where personnel perform work. Products range from economy workbenches to cleanroom and electronic assembly benches.