Low-profile PCIe Watchdog Timer card protects against mission-critical system failures
November 02, 2017
The PCIe-WDG-CSMA from ACCES I/O Products can monitor the operation of either application code or an operating system.
ACCES I/O Products has developed a dedicated watchdog timer card based on PCI Express (PCIe). Dubbed the PCIe-WDG-CSMA, the card can monitor the operation of either application code or an operating system. Or it can be configured to initiate a system reset in case of lockup. The board can also be used to monitor various system hardware parameters, such as voltage, humidity, temperature, and light.
Applications that can take advantage of the PCIe-WDG-CSMA include kiosks, industrial automation, military/mission-critical, asset management and tracking, retail, medical, embedded OEM, temperature measurement, and any others that require self-reliant, robust, reliable systems.
Supplementing the standard features expected from a watchdog timer, the PCIe-WDG-CSMA includes four general-purpose optically isolated digital inputs, two isolated FET outputs to control/switch external devices, two non-isolated digital inputs/outputs, and six dedicated A/D inputs which includes a security light sensor that can be used to detect if the darkened interior of an enclosure is opened.
Other features: watchdog open collector reset outputs; humidity and temperature measurement, monitor, and alarm; RGB LEDs to provides at-a-glance status visible at the card mounting bracket; and an on-board speaker allows for customized audible notification of detected events. Extended temperature operation (-40°C to +85°C) available.
The list of available accessories includes cables and screw terminal breakout adapter boards for quick and easy connectivity. Customization options include conformal coating, custom software/product-labeling, and more. Most popular operating systems are supported. Prices start at $195.