The BLS 2328S is a high-performance RS-232 card with 16C550-style UARTs which
feature 16-byte transmit and receive buffers to help guard against loss of data
in your busy system. The card may be addressed as COM1: to COM4: or any other
I/O address you choose from 000 up to 3F8 hex. The backplate has a DB-78
connector and a cable with 8 standard DB-9M connectors. All ports are capable of
operating at speeds up to 460 kbaud simultaneously, making this card ideal for
high-speed applications such as ISDN modems.
Interrupt Sharing: The Key to Adding Many Serial Ports
The powerful interrupt feature allows multiple ports on a single card to use
the same interrupt. Any of eleven interrupt choices are available for each port.
The card is jumper-selectable for compatibility with protocols used by Digi®.
This functionality provides drop-in replacement capability at reduced cost.
Because each port's address may be defined individually, you don't have to worry
about address conflicts the way you would with cards that use 32- and 64-byte
blocks for addressing. Our serial cards are compatible with all application
software that communicates with a standard serial port using an 8250 or 16C450
UART (the UARTs which virtually all PC's use for serial ports). The card
supports the standard RS-232 interface and all the above mentioned features;
it's DTE/DCE selectable so no special cables are required.
Drivers are automatically and instantly disabled (and receivers enabled)
after transmission of the stop bit. Drivers and receivers may also be controlled
with data bits 0 and 1 by writing to the base address+7 for the port (MetraByte™
COM-485 protocol compatible). RTS and CTS flow control is supported as well.
Convenient on-board jumpers allow for 220-ohm termination as needed for each
driver and receiver.