Product DescriptionThe GPS170PCI has been designed to synchronize the system time of computers with PCI/PCI-X bus interface and to provide an API (Application Programming Interface) which allows you to read the time with great accuracy and precision from within your own application.
The IRIG output of the GPS170PCI can be used to synchronize IRIG time code receivers. Using TCR167PCI slot cards provides a convenient solution to synchronize more than one standalone (non-networked) computer system - eliminating the need of deploying several GPS antennas.
The drivers package for Windows contains a time adjustment service which runs in the background and adjusts the Windows system time continously and smoothly. A monitor program is also included which lets the user check the status of the device and the time adjustment service, and can be used to modify configurable parameters.
The driver package for Linux contains a kernel driver which allows the board to be used as a reference time source for the NTP daemon which is shipped with most Linux distributions. This also turns the computer into a NTP time server which can also provide accurate time to other NTP clients on the network. Some command line tools can be used to setup configurable parameters and monitor the status of the board.
Additional drivers packages are available for DOS, Novell NetWare, and OS/2. At the bottom of this page there's a link to the download area.
The device's serial port can be used to update the card's firmware. Additionally it can be connected to the serial port of a computer to use the card as reference time source under operating systems where a serial time string is supported, e.g. by NTP, but no kernel device driver is available.
If you are going to use the GPS170PCI in your own applications, please use our software development kit which shows how to access the card from within your software.
All drivers and SDKs can be downloaded free of charges from our website and we are happy to assist you if you face any difficulties in using the Meinberg driver API in your software development process.
|Type of receiver||6 channel GPS C/A-code receiver|
|Type of antenna||Remote powered GPS antenna/converter unit, up to 300m distance to antenna with RG58 and up to 700m distance with RG213 cable|
|Status info||Fail-LED shows that the internal timing has not been synchronized or that a system error occurred
Lock-LED shows that the calculation of the position has been achieved after reset
|Synchronization time||Max. 1 minute in normal operation mode, approx.
12 minutes after a cold start (discharged buffer battery)
|Frequency outputs||Frequency output 10 MHz, TTL level|
|Pulse outputs||3 Programmable TTL outputs, channels 0 and 1 per default configured as
Pulse per second (TTL, RS232 level) and pulse per minute (TTL), pulse duration: 200 msec
Channel 2 default configuration: DCF77 compatible pulses (TTL level), pulse width: 100/200 msec
|Accuracy of pulse outputs||< ± 250ns|
|Interface||Single serial RS232 interface|
|Data format PC interface|| Binary, byte serial
(compatible with Meinberg DCF77 Slot Card PCI511)
|Data format of interfaces||Baudrate: 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200 Baud data format: 7N2, 7E1, 7E2, 8E1, 8N1, 8N2 Time telegram: Meinberg Standard-Telegram, SAT, Uni Erlangen (NTP), SPA, NMEA0183 (RMC) or capture-telegramm|
|Unmodulated time code output||DCLS, TTL into 50 ohm (active high or active low)|
|Modulated time code output||IRIG AM sine wave signal:
3Vpp (MARK), 1Vpp (SPACE) into 50 ohm
|Generated time codes||
IRIG B002: 100pps, DCLS signal, no carrier, BCD time of year
IRIG B122: 100pps, AM sine wave signal, 1 kHz carrier, BCD time of year
IRIG B003: 100pps, DCLS signal, no carrier, BCD time of year, SBS time of day
IRIG B123: 100pps, AM sine wave signal, 1kHz carrier, BCD time of year, SBS time of day
IEEE1344: Code according to IEEE1344-1995, 100pps, AM sine wave signal, 1kHz carrier, BCD time of year, SBS time of day, IEEE1344 expansion for date, time zone, daylight saving and leap second in Control Funktions Segment
AFNOR: Code according to NFS-87500, 100pps, AM sine wave signal, 1kHz carrier, BCD time of year, complete date, SBS time of day
|Time-Trigger inputs||Resolution: 100 nsec, triggered by falling TTL slope
Time of trigger event readable via computer slot or optional second RS232-interface
|Electrical connectors||BNC female connector for antenna BNC female connector for modulated timecode 9 pin sub D male connector|
|Power supply||+5V, ca. 400mA
+12V, ca. 170mA
|Backup battery type||When main power supply fails, hardware clock runs free on quartz basis, almanac data is stored in RAM
Life time of lithium battery min. 10 years
|Board type||PCI card short (174,6 mm x 106,7 mm)|
|Ambient temperature||0 ... 50°C / 32 ... 122°F|
|RoHS-Status of the product||This product is fully RoHS compliant|
|WEEE status of the product||This product is handled as a B2B category product. In order to secure a WEEE compliant waste disposal it has to be returned to the manufacturer. Any transportation expenses for returning this product (at its end of life) have to be incurred by the end user, whereas Meinberg will bear the costs for the waste disposal itself.|
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