manufacturer of I/O-rich SBCs, operator interfaces, handheld instruments, and development tools for embedded control low cost single board computers, embedded controllers, and operator interfaces for scientific instruments & industrial control development tools for embedded control order our low cost I/O-rich embedded control products embedded controller manufacturer profile single board computers & embedded controllers development tools & starter kits for your embedded design operator interfaces with touchscreens and graphical user interface plug-in expansion modules for digital & analog I/O C language & Forth language integrated development tools, IDE single board and embedded computer accessories embedded controller enclosures, bezels, environmental gaskets
Table of Contents


Power I/O Wildcard Hardware

Plugging in the Power I/O Wildcard

Selecting a Wildcard Address

Setting Outputs and Reading Inputs

Connecting High-Current Loads to the Outputs

Maximum Ratings: Current, Power and Switching Frequency

Heat Sinking

Connecting to the Inputs

Power I/O Wildcard Field Header


Hardware Schematics

Power I/O Wildcard User Guide

<< Previous | Next>>

Connecting High-Current Loads to the Outputs

The high current MOSFET outputs are opto-isolated to 2500 volts and capable of sinking 2 amps per channel continuously using field voltages up to 50 VDC at ambient temperatures to 70?C. The outputs are protected by snub diodes connected to the field supply to prevent damage from high-voltage inductive spikes. The MOSFET outputs control DC loads only. To control AC loads, use the AC Relay Wildcard, also available from Mosaic Industries.

Figure 1-1 shows how to connect a DC load (motor, solenoid, etc.) to the high current outputs. The field voltage supply, V+FieldOUT, can be as great as 50 VDC, and it must be at least 4 V to provide gate bias for the output MOSFETs.

If you test the MOSFET outputs, remember to connect a load to the output in order to see a voltage change as the output changes state. To perform simple non-isolated testing to verify the functionality of the board, connect a resistor (say, 1 kΩ) between the output and any convenient field supply (such as +5V) and connect the output’s field ground to the Ground connection of the +5V supply. Then, when an output bit is off, no current will flow in the load resistor, and a voltmeter or scope will show that its voltage is high (at +5V if you used this as the field supply). If you use the software from the software section of this document to turn an output bit on, current will flow through the output resistor, and your voltmeter or scope will show that the corresponding voltage falls to near zero.

The field connector on the Power I/O Wildcard is rated for continuous currents up to 2 amps and it should mate with a connector that is capable of carrying the required load current for your application. Note that standard insulation-displacement ribbon cable connectors are rated at only 1 amp per contact.

connecting a DC load to a high current output

Figure 1-1. Connecting a DC load to a high current output

<< Previous | Next>>

Home|Site Map|Products|Manuals|Resources|Order|About Us
Copyright (c) 2006 Mosaic Industries, Inc.
Your source for single board computers, embedded controllers, and operator interfaces for instruments and automation