MEILHAUS Electronic, represented by TestEquip , has announced the ME-630 for PCI, PXI/CompactPCI and USB. The board versions are plug'n'play PCI local bus 2.1 compliant.
The USB 1.1 full-speed version - also called MEphisto switch - has a rugged, reliable metal housing and includes a power supply.
All models have 8 or 16 type C relays (changeover) for current up to 30V 2A. The short time current for a single relay can even be up to 3.5A.
The relay statuses can be checked via read-back function. Moreover the ME-630s have 8 digital inputs (TTL level) and 8 opto-isolated digital inputs (24V level), also wired to the 78-pin D-sub connector.
There are 16 additional TTL digital I/O channels (2x 8 bit ports). On the PCI models these I/Os are wired to a flat ribbon-cable connector on board. A short piece of ribbon-cable with a 25-pin D-sub female connector mounted to an additional slot bracket is included.
The USB model housing has an addition 25-pin D-sub female for these digital lines. The two TTL ports can be connected to the external DIN-rail mountable modules ME-63Xtend or to the desktop boxes of the ME-UB series.
These accessory products add type C relays, solid state relays or opto-isolation to the TTL ports and have easy-to-use spring terminals. The PCI board versions have 2 additional interrupt inputs (TTL level).
The free ME-Power-CD includes all software drivers for Windows XP, 2000, 98SE/Me (Visual C++, Delphi, Visual Basic and Borland C/C Builder, as well as Agilent VEE, LabVIEW supported).
For the PCI and PXI/CompactPCI models additional free drivers for Windows NT, Linux, QNX and VxWorks are included. The CD offers utilities, examples, demos and the "soft-manuals" in English and German for Acrobat Reader/PDF.