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Saelig Introduces Improved Universal USB I/O Controller

Code Mercenaries modules provide easy control via USB
Fairport, NY: Saelig Company Inc. (www.saelig.com) has announced an improved USB I/O controller – the IO-Warrior56 – now with 50 I/O pins as well as integrated complex functionality. In addition to I2C, SPI, 8×8 key matrix, 64×8 LED matrix, and support for most alphanumeric and graphic LCD modules, the new version also offers an 8-channel 14-bit A/D converter and a 16-bit PWM generator. The IO-Warrior56 handles the control of more complex signals internally in order to reduce USB traffic and CPU programming burden. With the addition of an A/D converter the IO-Warrior56 is now capable of handling analog signals. Each of the eight analog channels can be sampled every 385us. When running in single channel mode the sample rate is 7800Hz. A new 16-bit PWM generator uses an internal 1kHz, 250kHz, 2MHz, or 48MHz clock and can generate output signals at up to 12MHz
The IO-Warrior56 is available as a plug-in PCB module or as a 56-pin IC for installing on a custom board. Also available is a new IOW56 Starter Kit with a large breadboard area, designed specifically for the IO-Warrior56.

Warrior ICs from Code Mercenaries are a family of universal I/O controllers for USB that handle all complex USB protocol details without requiring special Windows drivers since Warrior ICs appear to the OS as HID Device Class (Human Interface Device). This means that Warrior ICs are controlled without screen-prompting for additional software – standard system drivers allow access to Warrior ICs directly from application programs. A Linux driver is also available. All of the modules work with standard HID system drivers, so no special installation software is needed – just hook up to a USB port and connection is immediate. Applications for Warrior Modules include products for the disability market and other specialty input and control panel devices.

IO-Warrior56 Technical Data

  • Full speed USB (12Mbit/s, 1000 reports/s)Works with built-in system drivers
  • 50 I/O pins for general use
  • I2C master, 50/100/400kHz
  • Direct control for most alphanumeric and graphic LCD modules
  • SPI master up to 8Mbit/s
  • LED matrix up to 64 x 8 with external shift registers
  • 8 x 8 key or switch matrix
  • 16 bit PWM generator (up to 12MHz output)
  • Available as chip, module, or starter kit
IO-Warrior modules and ICs are designed by Code Mercenaries, a leading European supplier of industrial input devices and peripherals since 1998. IO-Warrior56 is available now from their USA distributor Saelig Company, Inc. For detailed specifications, or technical assistance, please contact Saelig at 1-888-7SAELIG, via email: info@saelig.com, or visit www.saelig.com.
About Saelig Company Inc.
Founded in 1988 in Rochester, New York, Saelig is a North American distributor with a growing reputation for finding and sourcing remarkable, unique test and measurement and control products and components for use in a wide variety of industries. Products lines are continuously added from sources across the globe, and are offered at competitive prices, accompanied by full in-house technical support, exceptional customer service, and fast delivery. For full details of available product lines, please visit www.saelig.com.

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