The first in a family of VME multifunction I/O boards were designed specifically to
address the problems caused by the growing constraints on size, weight and
power in today's military platforms. It is also useful for commercial
applications that are similarly challenged. and can therefore make a
significant contribution to substantially enhanced performance and functional
With data acquisition becoming an increasingly common requirement in military applications such as radar, image capture and processing and video tracking, the VME-6500 responds to the requirement to place data acquisition hardware as close as possible to the sensors with its ability to operate over wide temperature ranges and to withstand shock and vibration.
The VME-6500 features eight analog input channels, eight analog output channels, 16 digital input channels and 16 digital output channels. Each analog input channel is equipped with a 16-bit ADC (analog-to-digital converter), and each analog output channel with a 16-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter). Analog inputs are software-programmable to provide exceptional flexibility in sample rates, gains, filters and current ranges, while analog outputs are similarly flexible with programmable voltage and current rates, together with waveform generation.
Digital input channels are capable of multiple voltages and current ranges, and feature programmable input thresholds and de-bounce times. Digital outputs support high voltage and current drivers, and are protected for short circuit, over current and over temperature conditions.
The VME-6500 is supported by WindowsA(R), LinuxA(R) and VxWorksA(R).