If you have PCI type peripheral cards, you can use them outside of this computer system: - PCI Express desktop, with our xprs-host-dt product - ExpressCard notebook, with our xprs-host-ec product
Software support The XPRS line of products function on all operating systems which have support for PCI Express (desktop), or ExpressCard (notebook) systems. Our installation software offers additional software support under: - Windows - 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, 8.1 - Linux - 3.x.xx kernels - Mac OS X 10.5, and later
1. Choose a host card. The xprs-pci-x3 is supported by a variety of host cards. A selection for choosing of a host card is included on this ordering page: - xprs-host-dt on a PCI Express desktop system - or, xprs-host-ec on a notebook system with an ExpressCard slot Or, you can order separately host cards on their product pages.
2. Powering needs and Enclosures. The PCI interface requires either 3.3V, or 5V, or both voltages to be supplied for the PCI card. PCI cards may optionally use also +12V and -12V for powering.
If a peripheral card only uses 3.3V / 5V you can use one of our PWR-5V products to have 3.3V / 5V power supplied to XPRS-PCI-X1 for the PCI card.
If a PCI peripheral card needs +12V and -12V with current consumption of up to 50mA, you can add to PWR-5V the power module .
If a PCI peripheral card needs +12V and -12V with high current consumption, or if unsure on the power requirements of a particular PCI card, you can use the ISA-PWR-XR external power supply.
The XPRS-PCI-X3 together with the PCI type cards may be mounted in an enclosure. Small PCI type cards may be put in ISA-X3-B1 enclosure. Longer and larger PCI type cards may be put in our ISA-X3-B2 enclosure.
3. Software developers. The installation software includes a simple / basic API set for software developers. Our SDKBUS product has an extensive API set for software developers as well. If you have access to the source code for the specific peripheral card, and want to have it supported under Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, you may consider using our API set.