The Kinetic Systems 3988 GPIB Crate Controller CAMAC Module is a double-width CAMAC crate controller that acts as a device on the General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB). This crate controller conforms to all applicable CAMAC specifications as well as those for the GPIB (IEEE Standard 488). The 3988 allows GPIB system controllers to communicate with up to 23 CAMAC I/O modules in a crate.
Two new ordering options are provided. The Model 3988-G3A uses the IEEE-48824-contact ribbon connector, while the 3988 D3A uses the IEC (European) 25-contact “D” connector. These new options support block transfers at data rates up to 600 kilobytes per second with the actual rate limited only by the controller and/or the host computer. The 3988-G3A/D3A supersede the 3988-G3A/D2A and are software-compatible with these earlier lower speed units.
The 3988 functions as a main or auxiliary crate controller. When used as a main crate controller, it can support one or more auxiliary crate controllers. When used as an auxiliary crate controller, the 3988 shares control of the crate with the main crate controller.
The 3988 is configured at the factory as a main crate controller. It can be changed in the field to function as an auxiliary crate controller by removing plug-in resistor packages. A 40-contact, rear-panel connector is then used for the Auxiliary Controller Bus.