Communication Card offers isolation and surge protection.

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Industrial-grade Universal PCI communication card, PCI-1610CU, features 4 RS-232 serial ports with 2,500 Vdc optical isolation and 2,500 Vdc surge protection. Compatible with 3.3 and 5 V PCI slots, product provides 9-wired RS-232 signaling with serial transmission rates up to 921.6 Kbps. It incorporates 16PCI954 UART chipset with 128-byte FIFO and is suited for operation in harsh environments.

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Advantech Releases RS-232 Industrial Communication Card with Isolation and Surge Protection

A highly robust, economical choice for applications requiring reliable multiple RS-232 serial ports

Cincinnati, Ohio (March 16, 2005) - Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group is pleased to release a new Industrial-grade Universal PCI communication card, the PCI-1610CU. The PCI-1610CU features four RS-232 ports with solid isolation and surge protection. With a Universal PCI interface, the PCI-1610CU is compatible with both 3.3-volt and 5-volt PCI slots. The PCI-1610CU is a highly robust, flexible and economical choice for any applications that reliable serial RS-232 ports with isolation and surge protection are required.

The industrial-grade design of the PCI-1610CU provides 9-wired RS-232 signaling, 2,500 VDC optical isolation, and 2,500 V DC surge protection to secure host computers from damage due to unexpected voltages. Moreover, the PCI-1610CU can work reliably under critical environments, such as 60° C operating temperatures. It is specially designed for harsh industrial environments.

The PCI-1610CU has a high-performance 16PCI954 UART chipset with a 128-byte FIFO, which reduces CPU communication efforts effectively. It is an ideal choice for heavy multi-tasking environments. The PCI-1610CU provides high-speed RS-232 serial transmission up to 921.6 Kbps and its universal PCI interface ensures that it can be installed in both Industrial PC and commercial PC systems.

Drivers are currently available for Windows® 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP and Linux.

This product is available for purchase directly from the manufacturer at and from Advantech's network of North American distributors. For more information or to locate an Advantech distributor, visit

The PCI-1610CU has a list price of $395.00.

Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group - Founded in 1983, the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech Corporation is the only complete PC-based Industrial Automation Solution Manufacturer offering products such as Industrial PCs, Workstations, Panel PCs, Flat Panel Monitors, Heavy Environmental PCs, Customized PCs, Single Board Computers, Data Acquisition & Control Devices and Web-enabled products for a wide array of industries. Drawing on the talents of more than 1,800 people, Advantech operates an extensive sales and marketing network in 16 countries and 35 major cities to deliver fast time-to-market services to our worldwide customers. Today Advantech offers over 700 products and solutions, adding 30 new products each year. US operations for the Industrial Automation Group are based in Cincinnati, OH (877-294-8989). Address: 1320 Kemper Meadow Drive, Suite 500, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240.

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Brandon Rhoten
Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group
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