IP Modules as a Basis for Simulation I/O
In 1987, the IndustryPack (also known as IPack, IP) mezzanine module was first introduced to the VMEbus community. Since the introduction of this revolutionary technology, IndustryPacks have become a defacto ANSI standard for I/O applications.
Although there has been an abundance of product literature, magazine articles, and technical white papers describing in detail the IP mezzanine module standard, there has been very little written to sufficiently address the advantages of IP for VME customers in the data-intensive markets of Simulation, Instrumentation, Data Acquisition, and Process Control. These users are now more than ever, poised to move away from their host-based I/O systems to the modular IP standard.
This paper will first attempt to define the IndustryPack standard. It then continues with a detailed analysis of the technical benefits of using IP mezzanine products over traditional host-based technology. In conclusion, it details the specific benefits of using Systran's I/O IP modules.