Orcutt, Calif.-based design engineering services provider
Fishcamp Engineering has released a Mac OS X-compatible device driver for its FPCI-DIO data acquisition card. The new driver is ready for download from the Fishcamp Web site support page.
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The FPCI-DIO is a PCI-based expansion card designed for digital input and output. The card features support for up to 96 TTL compatible I/O signals, and supports bidirectional data transfer. The card’s signal drivers can hand up to 24mA drive current. Fishcamp spokesman Bob Piatek told MacCentral that the FPCI-DIO card is used predominantly in laboratory or manufacturing test environments where it’s necessary to interface a computer with some other specialized instrument, in order to collect data for post-processing.
The FPCI-DIO is usually accompanied by custom application software and interface cabling. Piatek said that uses for the card are quite diverse; they range from collecting data from microscopes and integrated circuit testers to interfacing with wood routers and pipe organs.
Fishcamp developed the new OS X drivers in response to demand from the company’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) customers. Mac OS X’s BSD Unix underpinnings fit well with the target market for the FPCI-DIO card, according to the company.