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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Seb Schöps, Jan 6, 2004.

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  1. Seb Schöps

    Seb Schöps Guest

    Hi everybody,

    I am looking for a board that can read the conditions of about 100 switches
    and transmit them to the PC. I found something here:
    The board has 32 inputs, but the thing is that it costs 100 Euros (about 125
    US-$) a piece.
    Is this price too high - what do you think? Or do you know alternatives?

    Any help appreciated!

    Regards Seb
  2. Bob Masta

    Bob Masta Guest

    If you don't mind building a little circuitry, how about the
    printer port? You can read 5 bits at a time from the
    status port, and use the data port to select a multiplexer
    channel. This will allow up to 256 x 5 channels. Or you
    can use bidirectional mode and read 8 data bits at a time
    from the data port, with a pin from the control port to
    latch the multiplexer.

    This will work with simple I/O commands on Win9x or
    earlier systems, but may need a special driver for
    NT/2K/XP systems.

    Bob Masta

    D A Q A R T A
    Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
  3. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Hi everybody,
    Hi, Seb. First, if you are considering just interfacing with switches, have
    you looked at using a switch matrix? You can read up to 100 switches with a 10
    X 10 switch matrix, which will limit your I/O requirements to 10 input lines
    and 10 output lines. You will need some diodes and pullup resistors (you
    should use Schottky diodes to minimize voltage drop, especially if you have any
    distance between the switches and the PC) as well as a circuit board or
    perfboard to mount the components and provide termination for the switch wires.
    The software overhead for reading a switch matrix is minimal.

    The page you specified reads like the module has optoisolation of the inputs,
    as well as built-in terminal blocks. For the price, it seems like a very good
    value, but I'm not sure you really need 3 or 4 of these just to read 100

    Good luck
  4. Chon Tang

    Chon Tang Guest


    Looking at the option that you looked at, I'm still not particular
    clear how you ultimately interface the board..? It mentions
    synchronous serial and parallel, I'm not sure if that's enough
    information for you to get started with.

    I wanted to recommend something that our company provides:

    The R-Engine is the core, C/C++ programmable controller. x86-based,
    clocked at up to 80 Mhz, it supports 3 RS-232 ports, up to 32 I/O
    pins, etc. The P100 can then provide an additional 96 programmable
    I/Os. Total price for the system: about $198.

    The board's certainly more powerful as well. With a full 1 MB of
    memory space and fully C-programmable, you can implement a wide range
    of additional embedded control behavior. The interface to the PC
    would be straight-forward: you can set up a serial port connection
    with your PC's com port, and control the board through a simple

    I'm going to keep it relatively short here. If you have any interest
    or questions at all, do drop me an email at the address above!
  5. the Wiz

    the Wiz Guest

    Boondog has a 24 port board (based on the 8255 chip) for $69
    assembled and tested. Don't know how many you can put in the same PC.

    More about me:
    VB3/VB6/C/PowerBasic source code:
    Freeware for the Palm with NS Basic source code:
    Drivers for Pablo graphics tablet and JamCam cameras:
    johnecarter [email protected] mindspring com. Fix the obvious to reply by email.
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