Industry Pack modules are small "daughter" boards that attach to either a VME controller or an IP-carrier board. As many as 4 IP boards can fit on a carrier, greatly increasing the flexibility of I/O options and processing power of a VME system. For example, compute-intensive operations like serial communications can be run on their own VME processor board, thereby reducing the load on the main crate processor.
That being said, we no longer support the "2-processor" solution here at the APS beamlines. It became a maintenance and support nightmare. We now rely on the (awesome) power of the MVME5100 board to run all crate I/O, including IP boards on a processor-less IP carrier.
All of the boards represented in these pages are supported by EPICS and have been used in APS beamlines running the "synApps" beamline specific EPICS application software.
Note: prices on these pages are probably out of date and might be completely wrong. Please check with the vendor before you buy.
SBS VIPC626-ET ($600) 4-slot VME IP carrier SBS Technologies
IP octal 232 ($345) octal asynchronous RS-232 IP octal 485 ($345) octal asynchronous RS-485 IP-Octal User's Manual
IP-488 ($245, still available?) GPIB interface SBS Technologies
IP-Unidig ($350) SBS Technologies 24 channels of configurable digital I/O. BCDA BC-020 lemo breakout module for the IP-Unidig. This system is described here, see BC-020 and BC-022.
Digital to Analog: DAC128V ($395) 8-channel, 12-bit DAC, 6 us settling time. Data sheet Systran Corp.
Analog to Digital: IP330 ($975) 16-channel, 16-bit differential ADC. Description Manual Acromag, Inc. Explanation of Acromag IP330 jumper settings