New Product Release: Easy Addition of Expansion Slots to a Desktop Computer
New PCI Express Expansion Chassis (8 Models) and Expansion Adapter
CONTEC has developed a PC expansion box (8 models) and a dedicated expansion adapter (1 model), which as of January 13, 2021 have gone on sale as the PCI Express DE Series, a new series of computer measurement control I/O expansion chassis.
Scheduled to be released in March, 2021.
To operate this product, power supply (12 to 24VDC) is required separately.
The new product consists of an expansion chassis (ECH-PCI-DE, ECH-PE-DE) to add PCI bus or PCI Express (x1) bus slots to a computer, as well as an expansion adapter (EAD-DE-LPE) for low profile size PCI Express buses that can be inserted into the PCI Express bus slot of a computer. It is possible to select the expansion chassis according to the bus type, card size, and number of cards to be mounted.
In recent years, with the overall miniaturization of computers, the number of expansion slots has decreased, making it difficult to use them for measurement and control in industrial applications that require various inputs and outputs. The new product, by adding an expansion chassis to a miniaturized PC with a low profile size expansion slot, makes it possible to use CONTEC’s various standard-size measurement and control devices, as well as communication expansion cards. Additionally, by incorporating the new product into an existing system, not only is it possible to easily add new functions, but it will also now be possible to carry over card assets when updating the computer by moving the card used in the existing system to the expansion chassis.*
- Adds PCI bus or PCI Express (x1) bus slots to a computer
PCI bus (5 V/32 bit 33 MHz) or PCI Express (x1) bus slots can be added. The expansion chassis and the expansion adapter (EAD-DE-LPE) mounted on the computer are connected with a 1-meter cable included with the product.
- Supports short-size PCI bus cards or PCI Express bus cards
Short-size [176.5 (L) × 107 (H) mm] PCI bus cards can be mounted (ECH-PCI-DE-H2B, ECH-PCI-DE-H4B, ECH-PCI-DE-H4D, ECH-PCI-DE-H13A, ECH-PCI-DE-H2C). It is also possible to mount short-size [176.5 (L) × 111.15 (H) mm] PCI Express bus cards (ECH-PE-DE-H2B).
- Supports long-size PCI bus cards
Long-size [313.8 (L) × 107 (H) mm] PCI bus cards can be mounted (ECH-PCI-DE-F2B, ECH-PCI-DE-F4B).
- Power can be turned on/off in conjunction with the connected computer*
The power of the expansion chassis can be automatically switched on/off in conjunction with the power on/off of the connected computer.
- Compact cabinet design with built-in cooling fan
As the cabinet contains a built-in cooling fan, achieving a compact design, you can build a system even in a limited space next to your PC. The product is also bundled with an easy-to-carry AC adapter (ECH-PCI-DE-H2B, ECH-PCI-DE-H4B, ECH-PCI-DE-F2B, ECH-PCI-DE-F4B).
- A cabinet type that allows for various installation methods
Various types are available, from the space-saving type that is convenient to carry, to the DIN rail mounting type that can be installed in the panel or equipment, and the rack mount installation type (using the included bracket). The most suitable cabinet type can be selected for your installation method.