UEI releases High Speed Fiberoptic Interface for DAQ system

January 082007
UEI releases High Speed Fiberoptic Interface for DAQ system
Canton, MA (January 8, 2007) - United Electronic Industries (UEI) is pleased to announce the release of the DNA-FPPC series of 100BASE-FX based Data Acquisition and Control Cubes. The fiber interface extends the maximum distance between a PowerDNA I/O Cube and its host computer from the 100 meter Ethernet/100BASE-T limitation to 2 kilometers. The 2 km limitation reflects the use of standard, off-the-shelf multimode fiber. A single mode fiber interface is also available which extends the maximum distance between the computer and an PowerDNA FPPC series cube to 20 kilometers. The new FPPC cubes are ideal for distributed data acquisition and control in large facilities or in any application where the host computer must be remote from the I/O subsystem.

In addition to dramatically extending the range of the PowerDNA interface, fiber has the advantage of being virtually immune to all forms of electromagnetic interference. This makes it ideal in high noise environments such as factory floors, HVAC installations and power plants. The fiber link also offers virtually infinite electrical isolation between the host computer and the I/O Cube. This makes it the perfect communications link in applications where the host computer and I/O system may be on different legs of the power grid, where ground leakage current may compromise measurement accuracy, or where lightning strikes are a realistic possibility.

“The fiber interface development was driven by requests from our customers”, according to UEI President Shaun Miller, “We have had requests for PowerDNA Cubes that will function two miles below the ocean surface, over a five mile grid in the dessert, and up a 2000 meter mountain. Of course, we have also had requests for more common applications where I/O Cubes need to be installed on the opposite ends of a production line.”

Pricing (Delivery from stock)
DNA-FPPC5 100BASE-FX based Cube with 3 I/O slots $1395
DNA-FPPC8 100BASE-FX based Cube with 6 I/O slots $1595

About the PowerDNA Cube
PowerDNA (Distributed Networked Automation) - is a compact (4” x 4” x 4” or 4” x 4” x 6”) Ethernet based data acquisition and control device. Each PowerDNA Cube consists of a core module (that includes the processor and network interface) along with three or six open I/O slots or layers. Users configure their systems by selecting appropriate I/O boards from UEI’s extensive offering of analog input (up to 24-bit), analog output , digital I/O, counter/timer, CAN bus interface, and multi-port RS-485 and RS-232 boards. Up to 150 analog or 288 digital I/O channels may be installed in a 4” x 4” x 6” Cube!

About UEI
Founded in 1990, UEI is a leader in the computer based data acquisition and control industry. Serving customers world-wide, UEI products based upon PCI, PXI, ISA and Ethernet interfaces offer unequaled performance as well as flexibility. We are committed to providing the highest quality hardware, software and services, enabling engineers and scientists to interface data-acquisition and control hardware to the real world. Through our state-of-the-art technologies we serve the needs of individual researchers and developers as well as OEMs.