Aaxeon, a developer of device networking and industrial communications products, has introduced a new line of PCI serial express cards that are designed to both increase throughput and reduce CPU loading. The new four-port RS-232, the MSC (News - Alert)-204A2, plus the two-port RS-232 plus one-port parallel PCI express serial card, the MSC-202ALP1, will replace an existing product line that includes the MSC-204A1 and the MSC-202ALP, respectively.
PCI (News - Alert) Express provides a fast and scalable serial I/O bus that is backwards-compatible with both PCI drivers and applications. The architecture includes a high-performance, scalable, point-to-point serial bus that functions at speeds between 250MB per second to 4GB per second. Aaxeon anticipates that speeds will reach 8GB per second in the future.
With its inherent scalability, the MSC-204A2 allows administrators to add serial connectivity as needed. Also, the card is fully Plug-and-Play compatible with no inherent I/O or IRQ address conflict problems. The card is designed for a PC, thin client or server to provide instant COM port expansion via the PCI Express bus. The MSC-204ALP1 provides similar functionality with bi-directional parallel ports and two high-performance 16C950-type UART compatible serial ports.
The MSC-204A2 retails for $109, while the MSC-204ALP1 retails for $79. Companies can contact Aaxeon for directly volume pricing. All products are backed by customer support via phone or online form. Aaxeon has offices in California, Poland and Taiwan to provide support in a variety of international markets.
Aaxeon focuses on the M2M and Industrial Ethernet markets. The company is positioned to take advantage of anticipated growth in device communications thanks to its focus on serial, Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The company estimates that Ethernet shipments will grow over 70 percent in the next five years. Aaxeon’s product line for Industrial Ethernet includes hardened Industrial Ethernet switches and media converters as well as serial to Ethernet device servers that integrate legacy devices into the network.
In early March, the company announced major changes to their website design designed to create a better user experience via product filters that simplify searching. The company has an impressive list of clients including Boeing (News - Alert), the Los Alamos National Laboratory and NBC Universal.
Edited by Jennifer Russell