PCI Docking Stations
|Docking stations provide a way to use PCI boards,
even full length, with a Notebook PC or compact PC. This allows greater the portability
to move between different test locations without having to carry around
a heavy desktop PC. Furthermore this solution helps utilise the investment you may
have already made in a Notebook / Laptop PC. Another use of the docking station
is in expanding the number of PCI slots on a standard PC and making access to the
PCI cards easy. By insertion of different PCI boards it is possible to build a system
with almost limit less functionality. So for example, with a number of
PCI boards installed you could have a signal capture system, waveform generator,
digital bus analyser, or any combination of these. To the installed card the docking
station is essentially transparent, so works just like a card installation into
a standard PC. Whatever PCI card type you have, regardless of manufacturer, we
are well placed to provide a versatile working system.
Up to three PCI cards can be accommodated in this docking station, which provides
easy portability if used with a Notebook PC, or equally well gives plenty of
extra expansion space for an industrial compact or desktop PC. The 2U high DOCK3PCI
can be rack mounted if required. AC powered and efficiently cooled this versatile
system boasts a 550 watt power supply to allow high powered ½, ¾
and full-length PCI boards to be fitted.
Connection to a Notebook PC can be made by ExpressCard, which has a connector
width of 34mm and works within both 34mm and 54mm wide slots. For the desktop and
industrial compact computer, PCI-Express and PCI interface cards are available.
Further details and order codes are in the table lower down on this page.
Three slot Docking Station datasheet
|MODEL (code summary)||SLOTS
||SIZE L x W x H (mm)||WEIGHT||POWER SUPPLY
|DOCK3PCI-ACF||Three||417 x 333 x 89||4.1Kg||Internal 100...240V AC
|Longer cable for connecting Docking Stations to Notebook PC. 1.5m (standard is 1.0m).
|Interfaces to Notebook PC's||Interface to desktop and compact PC's|
ExpressCard 34. Interface card for the Expresscard slot of
notebook PC's. Width 34mm will fit both 34 and 54mm wide slots.
Order code: EC34
Low profile single lane 250MByte/sec PCI-Express interface card option to
slot inside a desktop or compact industrial PC. The external docking station
allows easy access and exchange of cards, without the need to open your PC again.
Ideal for development, test work or where the PC cannot take ¾ or full-length cards.
Order code: DOCK-PCIe
PCI interface card (32 bit/33MHz) option for a desktop. Slots inside a desktop
or compact industrial PC. The external docking station allows easy access and
exchange of cards, without the need to open your PC again. Ideal for development,
test work or where the PC cannot take ¾ or full-length cards. N.B.
This is a full height card.
Order code: PCIE1F68
OS compatibility:-Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Mac OS X (versions 10.4 +),
Also Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Redhat Linux 2.6+, Solaris (PCI and PCIe host cards only).
Answers to frequently asked questions about PCI Docking Stations.