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Watchdog board monitors app program, OS ops

Posted: 08 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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P104-WDG-CSMA board

ACCES I/O Products Inc. is offering a series of dedicated watchdog timer boards for PC/104-based embedded systems.

Model P104-WDG-CSMA watchdog board will stand guard over systems, helping to avoid costly system failures. The board can be used to monitor application program and OS operations and will initiate a system reset in case of lockup. In addition, the P104-WDG-CSMA can monitor and control a variety of system hardware parameters such as temperature, voltage, fan speed, humidity and more.

Applications include kiosks, industrial automation, military/mission-critical, asset management and tracking, retail, medical, embedded OEM and temperature measurement.

Features include one general purpose optically isolated input, two isolated digital outputs to control/switch external events, two non-isolated digital outputs, two general purpose A/D inputs, and even a security light sensor that can be used to detect if the darkened interior of an enclosure is opened.

The P104-WDG-CSMA is supported for use in most OS and includes a free software package compatible with DOS, Linux, and Windows XP/VISTA. 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 and CE.

Pricing for the P104-WDG-CSMA (Advanced, all options) starts at $249; P104-WDG-CSM (Standard model) at $190; and P104-WDG-E (Economy version) at $149. The watchdog boards are available now. Delivery is stock to two weeks ARO.

- Ismini Scouras

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