Board Support Packages simplify design of VMEbus applications.

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XVME-984/4 Windows NT® BSP v4.5 and XVME-984/5 Windows® 2000 BSP v1.1 include VMEbus manager, 32-bit Windows NT®/ Windows® 2000 kernel mode driver for Tundra Universe II PCI-to-VME bridge chip, and Win32-compliant Application Program Interface. XIPView sample application queries BSP for information on all IP modules found during startup, displays data from those modules, and allows user to read from and write to registers on those modules.



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Industry Pack Software Support for VMEbus Windows NT 2000 Board Support Packages


Saline, MI - February 21, 2002 - Xycom Automation, Inc., a subsidiary of Pro-face America, Inc., and a market leader in Industrial VMEbus products, greatly expands the capabilities of their Windows® Board Support Packages (BSPs), with the release of XVME-984/4 Windows NT® BSP version 4.5 and XVME-984/5 Windows® 2000 BSP version 1.1. The Application Program Interface
(API) of each package now includes a comprehensive set of functions to support Industry Pack (IP) modules. Also, the VMEbus Manager (VMEman) was expanded with the addition of XIPView, a sample application that demonstrates the use of the BSP's Industry Pack support. It queries the BSP for information on all IP modules found during startup, displays data from those modules, and allows the user to read from, and write to, registers on those modules.

The XVME-984/X Board Support Package simplifies the process of designing VMEbus applications for Xycom Automation VMEbus PC hardware in a Windows environment. The development time and effort required to handle VMEbus data and interrupts in Windows® applications is significantly reduced. The BSP includes the following:

* VMEbus manager (VMEman)
* 32-bit Windows NT®/ Windows® 2000 kernel mode driver for the Tundra Universe II PCI-to-VME bridge chip
* Interactive driver configuration application
* Win32-compliant Application Program Interface (API)
* Windows® memory protection when sharing memory between processors

"The addition of Industry Pack support to Xycom Automation's Windows NT® and Windows® 2000 BSP completes our VMEbus software toolset by greatly simplifying the setup and configuration
of all IP modules," explains Jerry Tubbs, Business Unit Manager for Xycom's Embedded Systems Group. "This added software capability supports our XVME-660 VMEbus PC processor's Industry
Pack site on the PCI bus as well as our IP carriers on the VMEbus."

As a market leader for three decades, Xycom Automation's Embedded Systems Group provides equipment manufacturers with board-level microcomputer and I/O solutions. These solutions are
used in machine control, test and data acquisition, medical equipment, automotive test and assembly, robots, scanning equipment, semi-conductor manufacturing, military, industrial welders, power generation, and high-speed packaging applications. Xycom's hardware and software products are
installed in over 200,000 systems worldwide, and in numerous individual OEM applications.

Xycom Automation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro-face America, Inc., and provides marketing and sales for all Pro-face products in North, Central, and South America, and all Xycom products worldwide. Headquartered in Saline, Michigan, Xycom has employees and representatives around the world.

Founded in January 1999, Pro-face America, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of Digital Electronics Corporation based in Osaka, Japan. Pro-face America, the North American headquarters
of Digital, is located in Glendale Heights, IL.

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