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For new designs we recommend the PCIe (Express) version of the PC Watchdog since it has all the same I/O capbility.
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This board installs in a standard or a low-profile PCI (5V, 3.3V and PCI-X) slot and monitors a PC for hardware/software lock-ups or computer malfunctions.
The PCI PC Watchdog provides a solution to reboot PC file servers, telecom, security, kiosk, video surveillance, digital signage and industrial systems that occasionally lock up but must be available on a continuous basis. Increase your system availabilty and protect against unexpected downtime or blue screens (BSOD).
The PCI PC Watchdog timer ships with utility programs for control & "tickling" of the board. Sample source code and libraries are also provided in Visual "C" and Visual Basic to allow users to write their own applications to configure or "tickle" the board. Use the CD image download below to see the samples provided along with all the programmer's documentation. The PCI PC Watchdog works with Win 2K XP Vista Win7 Win 8 Server2003 Server2008 (32 & 64 Bit Versions on all). It also has LINUX support.
As well as functioning as a watchdog timer, the PCI PC Watchdog board also provides additional user I/O on the DB-25 connector on the rear of the board. The I/O is configured by DIP switch options as well as user provided software.
The board meets the dimensions for the PCI MD1 (low-profile) specification for use with small PC cases. The board can be ordered with a low-profile bracket for use in a low-profile case or it can be ordered with a standard size bracket for regular PC cases. It has a universal PCI interface that works with +5.0V and +3.3V PCI slots. It also works with PCI-X (not PCI Express) slots.
The PCI PC Watchdog ships with the following:
- This link is for the latest version of the PCI Hardware Manual.
PCI PC Watchdog PDF Manual
- This link is for the latest version of the Universal DLL Programmer's Manual which describes all the functions provided in the DLL for users who write their own application programs.
Universal DLL PDF Programmer's Manual
- This link is for the current version of the distribution CD that contains all the manuals, programs, drivers, and the sample software. This includes the sample "C" and VB.net code for those users who wish to write their own aps or want to incorporate watchdog support into their existing software.
Distribution CD Image File (ZIP File)
PC Watchdog® - is a registered trademark of Berkshire Products, Inc.
|Bus Type||PCI 3.3V, 5.0V, & PCI-X|
|Bracket Type||Optional: Low-Profile for MD1/2 PC case or Standard|
|Power||+5V - 100mA|
|Digital Input||4 General Purpose - 5V max|
|Digital Output||4 General Purpose - Open Collector - 5V max|
|Aux Relays||2 DPDT (2 form C) 24V - 1A max|
|Analog Input||1 8-bit 5V Max|
|External Trigger Input||1 External Trigger - 5V max|