General Mainframe Overview

Every System 10 mainframe contains all necessary power supplies, plus all hardware and software necessary for complete, fast, and independent management of ANALOG/DIGITAL DATABASE OPERATIONS.  As the Overview of Mainframes table indicates, mainframe models vary with respect to

  • size
  • analog and logic capacities
  • the number of "A-," "B-," and "V-Card" slots available to the user
  • local and remote data display ("video") capabilities, both standard and optional
  • keyboard/keypad capabilities, both standard and optional

There are two basic mainframe types:

  • "A-SIZED" mainframes—these mainframes contain a single rack of "A Slots" for installation of selected system "A Cards" (only)  
  • "B-SIZED" mainframes—these mainframes contain a rack of "B Slots" for installation of selected system "B Cards."  Except for the Model 10KN3, every B-sized mainframe also contains one or more "A Card" racks, and, except for the Model 10KN9, has two internal Slot Connectors for installation of optional "V (Video) Cards"   

All mainframe functions are carried out at exceptionally high speed.  A 16-bit successive-approximation A/D converter yields a nominal internal "finished data" thruput from 2500 to 3000 channels per second.  No significant speed reduction is imposed by the system's internal data acquisition and control workload.  (A special BITS command lets you disable the reading of system logic bits, to increase the internal scan rate even further.)

Of course, the actual transfer of data to a host computer may be considerably slower, the overall thruput being determined by the computer's own speed capabilities.  You can, in fact, impose a fixed delay time between successive channel transmissions, to avoid overrunning the PC's input buffer when full handshake protocols are not observed.

For all System 10 mainframes, maximum data precision is one part in ±32768 (16 bits).  Any numeric character can be replaced by a decimal point.  A maximum of seven characters is allowed, in addition to a minus sign, if applicable.

Each mainframe's front-panel SYSTEM STATUS INDICATORS let you continuously monitor the validity of various system communication links, including the main RS232 Computer Interface and the plug-in keyboard, if present.  The E2P light tells you when the mainframe's CONFIGURATION WRITE PROTECT FUNCTION has been enabled.  The mainframe's "EEPROM Switch" can be turned ON and OFF by software command, if desired.

Overview of Mainframes

"A-Sized" Mainframes

ALL "A-Sized" Mainframes

Maximum Number of
Analog CHANNELS

Maximum Number of
Logic BITS

160 standard

(1000 when the
"S" (Satellite) Option
is present)

1000

Model Number

(Dimensions)

Available
Analog Conditioner
("A Card") Slots

Available
Digital Processing
("B Card") Slots

Analog I/O
Capacity*
Logic I/O
Capacity**
Keyboard /
Keypad
Data Display

10KU
(HWD: 4.0" x 5.3" x 13.7")

4 32 64 Optional Optional

10KU-KD
(HWD: 4.0" x 5.3" x 13.7")

4 32 64 Front-panel keypad Front-panel 2-line LCD "billboard"

10K1C
(HWD: 3.5" x 19.0" x 14.6")

20 160 320 Optional Optional

10K2D
(HWD: 3.5" x 19.0" x 14.6")

20 160 320 Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional Front-panel multichannel VFD display

10K4TA
(HWD: 4.0" x 9.7" x 13.7")

10 80 160 Optional Optional

10K4T-KD
(HWD: 4.0" x 9.7" x 13.7")

10 80 160 Front-panel Keypad Front-panel 2-line LCD "billboard"

10K4T-DA
(HWD: 4.0" x 9.7" x 13.7")

10 80 160 Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional Front-panel multichannel VFD display

* Assumes all "A Slots" are dedicated to analog I/O only (with eight channels per slot).

** Assumes all "A Slots" are dedicated to logic I/O only; requires one optional Model 10AIO-16 Logic I/O Card for every group of 16 bits to serve as logic I/O.

 

"B-Sized" Mainframes

ALL "B-Sized" Mainframes

Maximum Number of
Analog CHANNELS

Maximum Number of
Logic BITS

1000

1000

Model Number

(Dimensions)

Available
Analog Conditioner
("A Card") Slots

Available
Digital Processing
("B Card") Slots

Analog I/O
Capacity**
Logic I/O
Capacity***
Keyboard /
Keypad
Data Display

10KN3
(HWD: 7.0" x 19.0" x 14.3")

0 8
(expandable
to 19 with
"E" Option)
0 128
(expandable
to 304 with
"E" Option)
Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional VGA input and output; external monitor required for data display; available video ("V" Card) slots: 2

10KN9
(HWD: 7.0" x 19.0" x 14.3")

16 4 128 64 Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional VGA input and output; external monitor required for data display; available video ("V Card") slots: 0

10KN6
(HWD: 10.5" x 19.0" x 14.3")*
 

24 8
(expandable
to 19 with
"E" Option)
192 128
(expandable
to 304 with
"E" Option)
Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional VGA input and output; external monitor required for data display; available video ("V" Card) slots: 2

10KN6-2
(HWD: 10.5" x 19.0" x 14.3")*

48 8
(expandable
to 19 with
"E" Option)
384 128
(expandable
to 304 with
"E" Option)
Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional VGA input and output; external monitor required for data display; available video ("V" Card) slots: 2

10KN6-3
(HWD: 10.5" x 19.0" x 14.3")*

72 8
(expandable
to 19 with
"E" Option)
576 128
(expandable
to 304 with
"E" Option)
Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional VGA input and output; external monitor required for data display; available video ("V" Card) slots: 2

10KN6-4
(HWD: 10.5" x 19.0" x 14.3")*

96 8
(expandable
to 19 with
"E" Option)
768 128
(expandable
to 304 with
"E" Option)
Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional VGA input and output; external monitor required for data display; available video ("V" Card) slots: 2

10KN8A
(HWD: 10.5" x 19.0" x 16.0")

8 2 64 32 Extended Keyboard supplied; Operator's keyboard Optional Internal 12" flat-panel VGA/SVGA color display; VGA input and output; available video ("V Card") slots: 2

* With an additional 3.5" of height for each additional A-card rack. Model 10KN6 units with five or more additional A-Card racks are also available.  Contact the factory for details.

** Assumes all "A Slots" are dedicated to analog I/O only (with eight channels per slot).

*** Assumes all "B Slots" are dedicated to logic I/O only; requires one optional Model 10BIO-16 Logic I/O Card for every group of 16 bits to serve as logic I/O.

 

 
 
 

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