A new family of stackable I/O modules is available from Mosaic Industries, Inc. to further expand the control capabilities of Mosaic's C-programmable embedded computers and touchscreen-controlled operator interfaces. The new expansion modules, 'Wildcards', are ideal for applications requiring data acquisition, multiple I/O points, high resolution, and real-time control. These modular 2"x2.5" plug-in boards can be mixed and matched to create specialized I/O customized to particular applications. The Wildcards provide an unprecedented I/O density for instrumentation and automation projects, where cost and physical size are critical.
The Wildcard expansion modules are available for: Ethernet and WiFi web communications, 24-bit sigma-delta analog-to-digital conversion, RS-485 communications, 16-bit A/D and 12-bit D/A conversion, opto-isolated control of DC and AC loads, high voltage switching, and removable mass memory. Up to eight Wildcards may be connected at once providing up to 56 24-bit A/D inputs, 160 programmable digital I/O lines, 32 AC control lines, or 24 DC control lines.
All Wildcards include pre-coded device drivers providing full high level access to their functions using either the C or Forth programming languages. Pre-coded I/O drivers facilitate data acquisition, pulse width modulation, motor control, frequency measurement, data analysis, analog control, and communications. Mosaic's embedded controllers and Wildcard series promote a high level of software/hardware integration for rapid prototyping of new products.