DS1104 R&D Controller Board

Cost-effective single-board system for controller development

The DS1104 R&D Controller Board upgrades a PC to a development system for rapid control prototyping. The board can be installed in virtually any PC with a free PCI or PCIe slot.

Application Areas

The real-time hardware based on PowerPC technology and its set of I/O interfaces make the controller board an ideal solution for developing controllers in various fields, such as drives, robotics, and aerospace. The board is used in many university laboratories.

Key Benefits

The DS1104 R&D Controller Board is a cost-effective entry-level system with I/O interfaces and a real-time processor on a single board that can be plugged directly into a PC. It upgrades your PC to a development tool for rapid control prototyping and is ideal for developing smaller control applications or for education purposes. Real-Time Interface (RTI) provides Simulink® blocks for graphical I/O configuration. The DS1104 board, which can be installed in PCs, is available in two different variants (for a PCI slot or for a PCIe slot).

Using Real-Time Interface

With Real-Time Interface (RTI), you can easily run your function models on the DS1104 R&D Controller Board. You can configure all I/O graphically, insert the blocks into a Simulink block diagram, and generate the model code via Simulink® Coder™. The real-time model is compiled, downloaded, and started automatically. This reduces the implementation time to a minimum.

Parameter Specification
  • MPC8240 processor with PPC 603e core and on-chip peripherals
  • 64-bit floating-point processor
  • CPU clock: 250 MHz
  • 2 x 16KB cache, on-chip
Memory Global Memory
  • 32 MB SDRAM
  Flash memory
  • 8MB
Timer 4 general-purpose timers
  • 32-bit down counter
  • Reload by hardware
  • 80-ns resolution
  1 sampling rate dimer (decrementer)
  • 32-bit down counter
  • Reload by hardware
  • 40-ns resolution
  1 time base counter
  • 64-bit up counter
  • 40-ns resolution
Interrupt controller
  • 5 timer interrrupts
  • 2 incremental encoder index line interrupts
  • 1 UART interrupt
  • 1 slave DSP interrupt
  • 1 slave DSP PWM interrupt
  • 5 A/D converter (end of conversion) interrupts
  • 1 host interrupt
  • 4 external interrupts (user interrupts)
A/D converter Channels
  • 4 multiplexed channels equipped with one sample & hold A/D converter (1x16-bit)
  • 4 parallel channels, each equipped with one sample & hold A/D converter (4x12-bit)
  • Note: 5 A/D converter channels (1x16-bit and 4x12-bit) can be sampled simultaneously
  • Multiplexed channels: 16 bit
  • Parallel channels: 12 bit
  Input voltage range
  • ±10 V
  Conversion time
  • Multiplexed channels: 2 µs1)
  • Parallel channels: 800 ns1)
  Offset error
  • ±5 mV
  Gain error
  • Multiplexed channels: ±0.25%
  • Parallel channels: ±0.5%
  Offset drift
  • 40 µV/K
  Gain drift
  • 25 ppm/K
  Signal-to-noise ratio
  • Multiplexed channels: >80 dB
  • Parallel channels >65dB
D/A converter Channels
  • 8 channels
  • 16-bit
  Output range
  • ±10 V
  Settling time
  • Max. 10 µs (full-scale, accuracy ½ LSB)
  Offset error
  • ±1 mV
  Gain error
  • ±0.1%
  Offset drift
  • 130 µV/K
  Gain drift
  • 25 ppm/K
  Signal-to-noise ratio
  • >80 dB
  • ±5 mA
Digital I/O Channels
  • 20-bit parallel I/O
  • Single bit selectable for input or output
  Voltage range
  • TTL input/output levels
  Iout, max
  • ±5 mA


1) Speed and timing specifications describe the capabilities of the hardware components and circuits of our products. Depending on the software complexity, the attainable overall performance figures can deviate significantly from the hardware specifications.


Parameter Specification
Digital incremental encoder interface Channels
  • 2 independent channels
  • Selectable single-ended (TTL) or differential (RS422) input (software-programm­able for each channel)
  Position Counters
  • 24-bit resolution
  • Max. 1.65 MHz input frequency, i.e., fourfold pulse count up to 6.6 MHz
  • Counter reset or reload via software
  sensor supply voltage
  • 5 V/0.5 A
Serial interface Configuration
  • Single UART (universal asynchronous receiver and transmitter) with FIFO
  • PLL-driven UART for accurate baud rate selection
  • RS232/RS422/RS485 compatibility
  Baud rate
  • Up to 115.2 kBd (RS232)
  • Up to 1 MBd (RS422/RS485)
Slave DSP Type
  • Texas Instruments TMS320F240 DSP
  • 16-bit fixed-point processor
  Clock rate
  • 20 MHZ
  • 64Kx16 external code memory
  • 28Kx16 external data memory
  • 4Kx16 dual-port memory for communication
  • 32KB flash memory
  I/O channels 1)
  • 10 PWM outputs
  • 4 capture inputs
  • 1 serial peripheral interface
  Input voltage range
  • TTL input/output level
  • A/D converter inputs: 0 … 5 V
  Output current
  • Max. ±13 mA
Host interface (requires one PCI or one PCIe x 1 slot) PCI PCIe
Physical characteristics Physical size
  • 185 x 107 mm (7.28 x 4.2 in)
  • 220 x 111 mm (8.66 x 4.3 in)
  Ambient temperature
  • 0 … 55 ºC (32 … 131 ºF)
  • 0 … 55 ºC (32 … 131 ºF)
  • Active cooling by fan
  • Active cooling by fan
  Power consumption
  • 18.5 W
Please inquire
  Power supply
  • +5 V ±5%, 2.5 A
  • +12 V ±5%, 0.3 A
  • 12 V ±5%, 0.2 A
Please inquire

1) The exact number of I/O channels depends on your configuration and is described in the user documentation.

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