FarSync OEM T4U - Intelligent 4 port PCI / PCI-X (Universal PCI) WAN Communications Card
The FarSync OEM T4U PCI / PCI-X intelligent card is a high performance 4 port communications Universal PCI card suitable for providing a hardware platform for a wide variety of WAN requirements.
Available RoHS compliant
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The FarSync OEM T4U card and software is designed to provide high performance hardware communications solutions for companies who wish to quickly develop their own communications products without incurring the cost of having to develop and approve hardware. The Developers Toolkit is included with the product.
The product includes support for the standard Windows SDCI API. This provides applications with direct access to the card's 4 communications ports for bit synchronous (HDLC) framing and also transparent bitstream operation for video and voice. Full documentation and a sample application demonstrating both modes of operation is provided.
Support is included for the Linux Raw Sockets API that allows HDLC frames and transparent bitstreaming data to be sent and received. Full documentation, source code for the driver and a sample application demonstrating both modes of operation is provided.
The transparent bitstream option available with the APIs is suitable for video and voice such as T-DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting), DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) ETI (Ensemble Transport Interface - ETSI 300799).
For embedded development royalty free source code is provided for the executive and synchronous line drivers together with a sample embedded application, test programs and utilities that allow you to get the card working straight out of the box.
The FarSync OEM T-Series adapters are suitable for a very wide variety of applications, including for example:
The card comprises a AMD processor with 1 Mbyte of on board no wait state SRAM. The whole memory space may be mapped via the PCI / PCI-X interface to the PC/Server. The contains a quad embedded HDLC / transparent bitstream controller with SDMA access (128 buffers per port) and a full range of timers.
The FarSync OEM T-Series cards and software provides support for an extended SDCI (Synchronous Dumb Card Interface) API. The API allows applications to exactly control the type of data sent and received in both bit synchronous (HDLC framed) data and transparent bitstream formats. The SDCI SDK contains everything a user needs to rapidly develop and test applications for such requirements as supporting specialist synchronous protocols or transparent data requirements such as Audio, MPEG Video, DAB and DRM.
Drivers for the FarSync OEM T-Series range of cards are provided for Windows XP, 2000, Server 2003 and NT4. An easy to follow sample application with support for both modes of operation is provided complete with source code to illustrate how the interface can be used, see further information on the SDCI API.
Easy installation and fast configuration are features when using the SDCI Interface on Windows, On-line help, documentation and GUI based test utilities are provided. T-Series cards are 'plug-and-play' compatible supporting Windows XP, 2000 and Server 2003. Typically 12 or more cards (48+ ports) can be supported on a single Server; the card limit is only dependent on the PCI slots resources available in the Server.
The Linux API allows applications to send and receive HDLC format (bitsync) frames and also transparent bit streams with the raw sockets based API. The sample application demonstrates both modes of operation.
Data rates of up to 10 Mbits/s are supported, with all the ports individually selectable for speed, clocking direction and mode of operation (HDLC or Transparent). Frame sizes up to 32 Kbytes are supported in HDLC mode to allow support for a wide variety of specialist synchronous protocols. The transparent bitstream is suitable for transparent data requirements such as Audio, MPEG Video, DAB and DRM.
The source for the application and drivers is included, with the Linux API manual provided in pdf format. The driver is supported under kernel version 2.4 and 2.6 for both single CPU and SMP 32 and 64 bit machines. Typically 12 or more cards (48+ ports) can be supported on a single Server; the card limit is only dependent on the PCI slots resources available in the Server, the maximum within Linux is 32. For further information on the API see the Linux HDLC / Transparent API Manual (pdf).
The card is supplied with a comprehensive suite of software to keep your development timescales and costs to a minimum. This includes an executive, communications drivers, sample on board application, code downloader for Windows and DOS, code relocator, event log viewer and card test program utilities.
Quad port cables are available for the T4U with X.21 (RS422, V.11 15 pin male D type), V.24 (RS232C 25 pin male D type) and V.35 (MRAC-34 male 'brick' type) connectors. Using a MTU4 cable mixtures of network connector types can be supported including RS449 and EIA530. The FarSync OEM T-Series Product Range and compatible Cables table lists the cables available by card type. Crossover cables, sometimes referred to as null modem cables are also detailed.
The product includes:
Cables are ordered separately.
FarSync OEM T4U
|Card Type||Intelligent, 32bit PCI / PCI-X
AMD Am186CC 50 MHz with built in HDLC,
1 Mbyte 15 nsec zero wait state SRAM,
Short card (height 107mm, length 167mm),
62 pin triple row D type connector to bring out the 4 comms ports
|Port Count||4 Sync ports, optionally all ports soft selectable for Async|
|Link speed range Sync||RS232C: up to 128 Kbits/s
X.21, V.35, EIA530, RS449: up to 10 Mbits/s
|Link speed range Async||9,600, 19,200, 38.4K, 57.6K and 115.2 Kbits/s with the optional EXAR 16C654|
|Line signal encoding||NRZ|
|Maximum total bandwidth||64 Mbits/s|
|PCI / PCI-X bus interface||PLX PCI9054 - bus mastering,
DMA enabled, Universal signaling
PCI v2.2 compliant,
Supports 3.3 & 5 volt signaling,
Suitable for 32 and 64 bit PCI bus slots
|PC Interface||Memory mapped and DMA|
|Line indicators||4 LEDs - soft configurable|
|ESD Protection||Yes, Littelfuse high speed ESD and over-voltage protection|
(Bellcore Method 1 -Case 3, 40 deg.C ambient, 15 deg.C case temperature rise above ambient)
|Approvals||EN55022 class B, CE, FCC part 15 class B|
|RoHS Compliance||See the RoHS news item|
|Power requirements||< 1.75 Amp @ +3.3 volts
< 10 mA @ +/- 12 volts
< 6 watts
Note: 5 volt supply is not required
|Test connector||4 port loopback, supplied with the card|
|Internal/External Sync Line Clocking||Both, all ports independently
Internal clock range 9,600 baud to 8.192 Mbits/s on RS232C, X.21 and RS449 connections, dual clocking is available on V.11.
No special cables are required to use internally generated clocks.
|Cable type compatibility
|Cables are ordered separately, for details see the FarSync OEM T-Series product range and compatible cables table|
|Example Applications||Linux Raw Sockets sample application,
Windows SDCI sample application,
Simple embedded application, using the executive and line drivers.
All example applications are in C, source provided.
|Test software||Full functional card test software included, uses the 4 port loopback test connector (supplied). Runs on DOS.|
|Executive||Downloadable executive supplied, includes source (Assembler), uses 4 Kbytes including interrupt vector table. Royalty free.|
|Line Drivers||Fully functional bit sync and
transparent bitstreaming line drivers supplied for Windows XP, 2000, Server
2003, NT 4.0 and Linux.
The Linux driver includes source and is supported under kernel versions 2.4 and 2.6 for both single CPU and SMP 32 and 64 bit machines.
|Utility Applications||Code relocator, embedded software downloader for Windows and DOS and an Event Log reader.|
|Programming Manual||Programming Reference manual in PDF format provided, includes details on the hardware and sample software.|
|API Manuals||FarSync OEM Linux Raw Sockets Reference Manual, FarSync Windows SDCI SDK Reference Manual|
|Chip Specifications||Datasheets and programming guides for the main devices on the card.|
Last updated: 21-Oct-2007