Micro/sys Announces Powerful Low-Cost Industrial Microcontroller with Web Server, Networking, Plus Analog and Digital I/O

Update your aging PC/104 stack with this sleek new single board controller featuring CAN, Ethernet, and USB Connectivity.

PC/104 Sized Microcontroller with PIC32
PC/104 Sized Microcontroller with PIC32

Micro/sys recently released a low-power single board microcontroller with fully integrated web hosting, networking, and analog I/O on a PC/104 form factor (3.775” x 3.55”). Featuring Microchip’s 80MHz PIC32® microcontroller, the USB3032 is an ideal COTS solution for applications requiring low power in -40˚C to +85˚C operation. USB3032 includes access to Microchip’s easy-to-use and widely supported IDE tool suite and protocol stacks, which, combined with Micro/sys’ 10-year product availability and attractive OEM pricing, allows designers to shorten time-to-market and maximize development productivity while keeping overall system production and maintenance costs low.

With this simple microcontroller, designers can communicate via different communication protocols while their production, security monitoring, data logging, or test and measurement control application continues running. Some mix-and-match protocol conversions available are Ethernet to CAN, CAN to USB, and USB to RS232. For example, a user might want the USB3032 to communicate via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet to an internal IT intranet to transmit instructions for controlling the on-board D/A, A/D or I/O in the field, then forward the results via CAN down-stream to other processes for control. USB3032 performs well in such environments by storing up to 1024 messages in 32 buffers while offering user-selectable filter-to-buffer mapping with 32 filters and 4 filter masks. For maximum data processing over Ethernet and CAN, USB3032 offers a built-in DMA interface.

Powered by the PIC32 microcontroller, USB3032 provides 125 DMIPS performance while consuming under 100mA of power. Onboard serial interfaces include (2) RS232/RS485 ports, (1) USB2.0 Host or Client port, (1) I2C port, (1) SPI port, (1) 10/100 Ethernet port and (1) CAN2.0 port. A standard 82C55 device provides 24 digital I/O lines with TTL voltage levels. Available analog includes 12 channels of 12-bit A/D which can perform simultaneous conversions in 6usec within a -10V to +10V DC range plus 4 channels of 12, 14 or 16-bit D/A with a -10V to +10V DC output range.

Additional features giving designers the tools they need to accurately monitor and control their system include an onboard 256Kbit Serial Eeprom, (3) timers, (1) programmable LED, a battery-backed real-time clock, a watchdog timer, and an onboard digital thermostat. To maximize performance, there is 128KB RAM and 512KB flash which allows, among other things, multiple software stacks to run at once. USB3032 is RoHS compliant and runs on 5V input or can be battery backed with 6V to 36V input.

For applications requiring additional I/O expansion, USB3032 can easily and cost-effectively be expanded by stacking up to ten StackableUSB® client-side industrial I/O boards.

The rugged, industrial grade USB3032 starts at $250 in singe quantity. Turn-key development kits are available for $695 and include Microchip's MPLAB© ICD In-circuit Debugger, sample software and support for MPLAB X IDE--allowing for immediate out-of-box development. Significant OEM discounts available for production. All products are manufactured in the United States. Contact Technical Sales Dept., Micro/sys, Inc., 3730 Park Place, Montrose, CA 91020, phone (818) 244-4600, FAX (818) 244-4246, email: info(at)embeddedsys(dot)com, URL: www.embeddedsys.com.

About Micro/sys:

Since 1976, Micro/sys has been specializing in OEM high-performance, compact, low-power industrial single board computer products suited for extreme temperatures. Pioneering the USB movement within the stackable computer market, Micro/sys is a leading provider of Host and Client USB microcomputer and microcontroller boards. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in a range of applications including semiconductor processing, medical, military, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries. For more information, visit the Micro/sys website, www.embeddedsys.com.