Each C5B 39 current output module provides a single channel of analog output. The track-and-hold circuit in the input stage can be operated in a hold mode where one DAC can supply many output modules, or a track mode where one DAC is dedicated to each module. In addition to the track-and-hold circuit, each module provides signal buffering, isolation, filtering, and conversion to a high-level current output.
Setting of the track or hold mode is controlled by the logic state of WR EN\ (pin 23). When pin 23 is low, the track mode is enables. If pin 23 is open or high, the hold mode is enabled. The C5B 39 modules are designed with a completely isolated computer-side circuit which can be floated to ±50V from Power Common (pin 16). This complete isolation means that no connection is required between I/O Common and Power Common for proper operation of the track and hold circuit. For a low state, simply connect pin 23, the Write-Enable pin, to I/O Common (pin 19).
The C5BP series panels allow host computer control of the WR EN\ control line, which allows multiplexing of one host DAC to up to 64 C5B 39 output modules. During power-up, the output remains at 0mA for 100ms.
A special input circuit in the output stage of the module provides protection against accidental connection of power-line voltages up to 240VAC.