DS4201-S Serial Interface Board1)

Serial communication

The DS4201-S is an interface for serial communication between a dSPACE system and external devices. The DS4201-S provides communication on four separate channels.

The end of life for this product has been set. Please see the footnote for more detailed information.

Application Areas

The DS4201-S Serial Interface Board can be used to set up communication connections between the dSPACE modular system and any external device via the RS232, RS422, or RS485 interface. You can connect external devices such as sensors, measuring instruments, or displays.

Parameter Specification
  • 4 independent serial communication channels, each with a PC16550D UART (universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter)
  • Supported transceiver types: RS232-C, RS422, RS485
  • Programmable interrupt control unit for up to 4 independent serial communication interrupts
Serial communication channels
  • 4 RS232 transceiver channels
  • RS422 and RS485 transceivers optional
  • Clock source: up to 24 MHz (optional for RS422 and RS485, custom clock source possible)
  • Modem control functions
Baud rate range RS232
  • 1.8432 MHz clock: up to 115.2 Kbaud
  • 24 MHz clock: up to 115.2 Kbaud (limited by RS232 transceiver)
  • 1.8432 MHz clock: up to 115.2 Kbaud
  • 24 MHz clock: up to 1.5 Mbaud
  • 1.8432 MHz clock: up to 115.2 Kbaud
  • 24 MHz clock: up to 1.5 Mbaud
Parity bits
  • Even, odd, or no parity
Stop bits
  • 1, 1.5, or 2 bits
Word length
  • 5, 6, 7, or 8 bits
  • 16-byte input FIFO
  • 16-byte output FIFO
Physical connections
  • 50-pin male Sub-D connector
Host interface
  • One 8- or 16-bit ISA slot (power supply only)
Physical characteristics Physical size
  • 340 x 125 x 15 mm (13.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 in)
Ambient temperature
  • 0 ... 70 °C (32 ... 158 °F)
Power supply
  • +5 V ±5%, 350 mA
  • +12 V ±5%, 75 mA

1)The end of life of the dSPACE PHS (peripheral high-speed) hardware for modular systems is planned for December 31, 2024. You can still buy the related products up to and including December 31, 2021. New Releases of dSPACE software will still support the dSPACE PHS hardware for modular systems until at least the end of 2023. After the end of life, no services of any kind will be available for these products. We advise against using the PHS hardware products in new projects. For new projects we recommend that you use SCALEXIO, the latest dSPACE technology for modular real-time systems.

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