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Help identifying Barco PCI card

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:36 pm
by zahal
There's a weird Barco card, with a DB9 connector and PCI bus interface. Does anyone know what card and what does it do? Is says it is a PHIFAC 2 card, but searching on the net yields nothing of the sort (not even on Barco website).
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Re: Help identifying Barco PCI card

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:13 pm
by robespierre
The only way I have seen DE-9 connectors used on Barco gear is as a remote control port. That card seems to follow that pattern, as it has wires going to the connector consistent with RS-422. I can't quite read the Cypress chip numbers, but they may be RS-422 transceivers.
"PHIFAC2" could stand for "PH Interface 2". So what is PH? Projector something?
Barco has a lot of divisions with military, theatre, medical, etc stuff and it's hard to guess what this is for.

Edit: searching for "PHIFAC2" gives results with keywords "MANIA, Barco, UCAMCO". MANIA is a company that makes printed circuit board handling equipment, and Barco ETS joined in a partnership with them in 2001 to make PCB manufacturing products. Barco ETS now calls itself UCAMCO.
So the smart money is that this is a part of one of those systems for use in electronics manufacturing plants, possibly as a RS-422 or RS-485 or other fieldbus control system to attach to handling machines, PNP, bed-of-nails testers, or whatever else they produced. Maybe "PH" stands for "Profibus Siemens" and this is a Profibus adapter. Profibus uses DE-9 connectors.

Re: Help identifying Barco PCI card

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:10 am
by kjaer
that's an awful lot of logic for just an RS-422 interface.