Pulse Instruments offers instrument mainframes in two series--CompactPCI and
Our CompactPCI series mainframes are industry-standard,
open-architecture chassis with enhancements to support Pulse Instruments' clock
driver and DC bias cards. The
enhancements are transparent to the
CompactPCI specification, and 3rd-party cards CompactPCI/PXI cards can be used in our mainframes without hardware or
Product Selection Guide
All Pulse Instruments CompactPCI mainframes support 6U-width
CompactPCI/PXI cards and are rack-mountable in standard 19" racks.
* Pulse Instruments enhancements increase
available current on the -12 V supply and significantly reduce electrical
noise within the system. Power-sequencing hardware also ensures proper
power-up sequencing for bridged systems. Installed PXI cards will operate in
CompactPCI mode only.
Every CompactPCI system must have a system controller, typically a
single-board CPU installed in a standard mainframe (PI-11008x or PI-2005). Systems
can be expanded by adding one or more CompactPCI slave mainframes (PI-11008S),
bridged to the system controller via a PI-31002 CompactPCI bridge card
Systems can also be expanded by adding 4000 Series Mainframes, via the
PI-31001 PI-Bus Interface Card or via USB.
Standard mainframes support an optional rear I/O card to support the optional
DVD burner. Windows XP SP 3 will be
pre-installed on the hard drive, configured for the CPU card
ordered with the mainframe.
Slave mainframes do not include I/O, hard drive or operating system, and
must be controlled by a standard mainframe via a bridge card set.
Each CPU card occupies one instrument slot and has an on-board 2.5" HDD
with operating system and Pulse Instruments application software. Each bridge card set occupies two slots, one in the standard
and one in the slave mainframe. In some configurations the bridge card in
the master mainframe may reside on the CPU card in a PMC site,
preserving one CompactPCI instrument slot.
Remaining instrument slots are available for any 3U or 6U CompactPCI or PXI card
from Pulse Instruments or a 3rd-party vendor.
Here are examples of two CompactPCI configurations:
Sample Configuration 1, CMOS or IR FPA Stimulus Instrument:
Configuration 2, CMOS/FPA Test System:
The 4000 Series mainframes were developed by Pulse Instruments to
accommodate the voltage requirements for testing of CCDs and certain IR
Instrument cards for our 4000 series will operate from -20 V to
+36 V, depending on the card model.
The 4000 Series consists of the following products:
- PI-31001 PI-Bus Card or 4001 Control Mainframe**
- 4002 Instrument Mainframe
- 4003 DC Power Mainframe
** The PI-31001 PI-Bus Interface Card for CompactPCI has replaced the 4001
for all new applications.
The PI-31001 PI-Bus Interface Card or 4001 provides
the programming control for instrument cards installed in up to seven 4002
The 4002 Instrument Mainframes house our Clock Driver and Low-Noise DC Bias
Supply cards. Up to 8 clock driver cards and DC bias cards can
be mixed in the instrument mainframe in any desired combination or
separated in different mainframes for additional noise immunity. All control
signals from the PI-31001 or 4001 are optically isolated to prevent noise
contamination of the analog signals.
The PI-4003 DC Power Mainframe supplies the linear low noise power to
the clock drivers and DC biases located in the PI-4002 Instrument
Mainframes. The PI-4003 DC Power Mainframe and PI-4002 Instrument
Mainframes are floating with respect to the PI-4001 Control Mainframe or
Sample Configuration 3, CCD Test System: