Ampex DCRsi 240 Recorder Interface, PCI-D240-HS
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PCI to AMPEX DCRsiTM Interface

PCI-D240-HS Circuit Card

The PCI-D240-HS is a multi-purpose interface for linking Ampex DCRsi and DIS tape drives to the peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus on IBM-compatible personal computers and UNIX Workstations. The PCI-D240-HS includes device drivers and software that allow you to immediately read and write data to and from your Ampex DCRsi or DIS Recorder.
Features Applications

Simplified Plug and Play for interfacing and controlling DCRsi recorders from a PC-compatible platform.

High-speed 32-bit bus master transfers in burst mode of up to 133 Mbytes/second across the PCI local bus.

Exceeds the capability of most PC disk drives.

Maximized throughput with the use of dual FIFOs.

Occupies one PCI slot and one additional backplane slot without interfering with other boards in the system.

Socketed I/O devices for ease of field repairs.

Uses standard Ampex-format 37-pin D connectors.

Retrieval and processing of data

Generation of simulation

Acquisition of PC-based data

Transfer of data to RAID disks

Comprehensive Graphical User Interface

PCI Comprehensive GUI With the PCI-D240-HS Windows NT Software, monitoring and controlling your tape drive is a simple matter of pointing and clicking on the relevant menu option or button. One concise screen lets you view all critical status information. User tape position, data location, performance indicators, and error messages are clearly shown. Easily accessible pull-down menus provide immediate access to additional information. Standard Windows file menu functions are utilized for transferring data to and from the DCRsi.

Physical Dimensions

  • 4.2" x 6.875" (short card)

  • 7.4 oz.

Hardware Compatibility

  • PCI Revision 2.0 32-bit 5 volt operation

Power Requirements

  • Operating Voltage: 5 +/- 0.25 volts

  • Operating Current: 1.6 amps.

  • Max. Ripple/Noise: 100 mv.

Interface Connections

  • DCRSi:
    one DB-37 female connector
    one DB-37 male connector

  • System Bus: PCI standard edge connector

  • Tape Drive Control: Serial RS232 port


  • Temperature: 0C to 60C

  • Relative Humidity: 10% to 95% non-condensing

  • Altitude: 0 to 10,000 ft. operating

Software Compatibility

Windows 3.11
Windows NT
Sun/Solaris UNIX
Shielded 10' Data and Control Cable Set (laboratory and airborne)

Last Updated: April 22, 2004

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