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Linux-based device server sprouts USB interface

Aug 10, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

SSV is shipping a version of its Linux-based industrial device server with a USB interface. The IGW/920 (Industrial Gateway 920) comes with Linux 2.6 preinstalled, and can be used to remotely control or monitor devices with serial or USB interfaces, SSV says.

(Click for larger view of IWG/920)

Alternatively, the IGW/920's USB interface could be used for long-term data storage on a USB stick, SSV notes.

The IGW/920 is based on SSV's DIL/NetPC DNP/9200 CPU module. The module, in turn, is based on an Atmel AT91RM9200 SoC (system-on-chip) clocked at 180MHz. The module and device have 16MB of flash and 32MB of SDRAM memory.

The IGW/920's interfaces include:

  • 1 x RS232
  • 1 x RS232/422/485
  • 1 x USB host interface
  • 1 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN

All interfaces are on screw terminals, except the LAN port, which has an RJ-45 jack. The device has an LED indicating “engaged input voltage,” along with three user-programmable LEDs.

The IGW/920 accepts standard industrial power from 12-24VDC, and operates from 0 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (0 – 60 degrees Celsius). It measures 4.6 x 3.5 x 0.9 inches (118 x 90 x 22.5mm), and can be mounted on DIN rails.

On the software side, the DNP/920 includes httpd, ssh, and sftp servers. It can also be configured with telnet and ftp servers for low-security applications.

Availability

The IGW/920 appears to be available now.

SSV's Industrial Gateway line also includes IGW/800 and IGW/900 models. A CAN bus driver is available for the IGW/900.


 
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