In order to run, the Hilscher CIF card must be set up to match the configuration of your fieldbus installation. The Hilscher CIF series of fieldbus cards are configured through their proprietary MS-Windows based configuration program called Sycon System Configurator. This tool provides a user-friendly interface to set up the bus and field device parameters on the CIF card. This configuration can be developed offline, and then transferred to the card.
The Hilscher CIF interface cards should be configured with the following system parameters:
|Storage Format:||Intel format (Little Endian)|
|Addressing Mode:||Byte addresses|
|Startup Behavior:||Automatic release|
In addition, for most applications we recommend that the card I/O exchange mode be set to:
|Handshake Mode:||Buffered, host controlled|
The configuration can be transferred to the CIF card in one of two ways:
In addition to configuration, the Sycon tool also provides some test and debugging facilities. The tool will communicate with CIF cards installed directly in the same (Windows) machine, or can interface via a null-modem cable to the 9-pin serial connector available on most CIF cards. If the card is installed on the same machine, then its address must be specified to Sycon. Alternatively, using the serial interface, you can program a CIF card which has been installed on a QNX or Linux target machine through a laptop or desktop computer configured for this purpose. This type of programming, while less convenient than programming natively using QNX or Linux, is nevertheless analogous to how other manufacturers program their interface cards and I/O devices through hand-held devices or PC-based configuration programs connected through standard serial or proprietary connectors.
If a particular CIF card does not have a serial programming port, it must be physically installed into a Windows computer, programmed using Sycon, and then moved to the QNX or Linux computer.
The second approach to downloading a configuration to the CIF card is to do it using the CIF Driver. This approach lets you develop the configuration offline in Windows (using Sycon), and then configure one or more cards in the target OS (Linux or QNX) without installing them in a Windows machine.
First, the configuration is established and saved using Sycon. Then, the configuration must be exported as a .dbm file, as follows:
If you have problems configuring the CIF card using the Sycon software, you should contact your Hilscher distributor for support.
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