The Genix Racks are based on a 21” standard format racks with 444mm depth.
All “Real world IO” is connected at the front of the rack using screw terminal connectors.
All low level IO appears at the rear of the rack with screened cables typically carrying analogue and digital signals in groups of 8 channels.
Each rack has its own power supply which provides the power requirements for the signal conditioning and the ECU or hardware being tested.
To configure the signal conditioning the Genix Racks you have a choice how to connect the system up:
1) IO port in Host PC (ISA/PCMCIA/PCI/USB)
2) IO Card in Target PC
Method 1) is useful for immediate configuration by a user. And method 2) is useful for storing the configuration with the target system such as a Simulink® model.
It is also possible to store the configuration in the rack for automatic reconfiguration on power-up.
Into the signal conditioning rack are plugged the IO cards themselves.
These cards typically are software configured to suit your application using the Genix Configuration Utility to allow each channel on the card to be either Input / Output / Analogue or Digital with many settings for Gain/Theshold/Filter as appropriate.
The IO Cards are called “Carriers” as they carry the IO modules that provide this functionality.
IO Cards are around 112mm high by 400mm long.
The IO Modules are the individual channels interface board fitted to each IO card or carrier. Each small IO card contains the circuitry and reconfiguration devices to provide the required functionality
IO Carrier Cards can have 1 to 16 IO Module channels fitted.
Fault Insertion Cards
In addition to IO cards the Racks can also be used with our range of Fault Insertion/Injection hardware.
These cards also normally 16 channels per board and provide a full fault insertion capability, including open circuit, short circuit to Supply/Ground and shorting multiple channels together.
These cards are also controlled from the GCU software with the capability of being controlled from third party software such as VB, Matlab, Python etc
For further details on these cards please refer to Fault Injection Cards
Prototyping Card / Serial Pass-through cards
These cards are rather like “breadboard” or “veroboard” for the Genix System. They provide all the power and connectivity of a Genix card with the ability to add your own circuitry (or contact us and we will do it for you!)
The serial pass-through also provides a means of adding load termination to a wide range of single and differential serial communications ports.