Matrox Indio to Add Industrial Input/Output and Communication Capabilities to PCs

Discrete I/Os, Real-Time Synchronization, and Gigabit Ethernet Make Any Computer a Vision Controller for Industrial or Laboratory Settings

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Matrox® Imaging today announced the launch of the Matrox Indio input/output (I/O) and communication card for vision applications. The PCIe® x1 add-in card offers discrete I/Os with real-time synchronization and industrial networking using the EtherNet/IP™, Modbus®, and PROFINET protocols, turning any PC into a vision controller.

With eight inputs and eight outputs, the Matrox Indio provides jumper-selectable signalling in both 24V and TTL-level standards, making it ideal for both industrial and laboratory use. I/Os are optically-isolated and outputs feature resettable fuses to safeguard against damage from unintended use. Configurable for both sinking and sourcing, I/Os are accessed from a standard 37-pin D-sub connector.

Delivering real-time input/output management through a dedicated hardware-assisted mechanism, the Matrox Indio enables precise timing of output events, based on either elapsed time or specific input events. Input events can be received directly from a discrete input, including from a rotary encoder or from a count derived from a discrete input. Output events can be stored on a hardware based list, triggerable though a discrete input event or one of multiple cascadable timers.

Matrox Indio also makes a Gigabit Ethernet port (RJ45) available for industrial networking using the EtherNet/IP, Modbus, and PROFINET protocols. To ensure a timely response, PROFINET communication is hardware-assisted. Alternatively, the Gigabit Ethernet port can connect to and power a GigE Vision® camera by way of Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, reducing the cabling required.

“The demand for vision projects is growing on a daily basis, and there is a need for control to be accessible and affordable,” said Fabio Perelli, product manager, Matrox Imaging. “The Matrox Indio I/O and communication card offers system builders a robust platform for vision projects. With one card adding communications and synchronization to almost any Windows-based system; it is easy to design vision projects that are compatible with the full range of automation devices required to get the job done.”

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