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SPE4
Serial Port Expander


Description

The SPE4 has been a best seller for over a decade and is now available in two versions: the SPE4-3D with five RS-422/485 serial ports, and the SPE4-3S with four RS-232 ports and one RS-422 serial port.

The SPE4-3D is a drop-in replacement for the SPE4-1D and the SPE4-2D. The SPE4-3S is a drop-in replacement for the SPE4-1S and the SPE4-2S.

The SPE4 now has several new features previously unavailable:
     * The termination and bias of the serial ports is now configurable (-3D only).
     * The backplane interface is now 16-bits wide.
     * Module configuration can be written to EEPROM "on-the-fly".
     * Firmware is now downloadable to FLASH instead of requiring an EEPROM change.


Applications

Modbus Port Expander
     * Connect up to 4 Modbus master devices to a single Modbus slave
     * Or use Auto-scan to gather data from Modbus Slaves and write it to the PLC

Modbus DCS to POWERLOGIC
     * Connect a Modbus DCS to POWERLOGIC equipment
     * Converts Modbus to POWERLOGIC protocol
     * Connect up to 128 POWERLOGIC devices to a single SPE4
     * Or mix POWERLOGIC and Modbus slave devices on the same RS-485 network

Serial Protocol Converter
     * Devices with different protocols can communicate with each other on separate serial ports

PLC Programming Access Point
     * Plug a PC into an SPE4-3D serial port and program Modicon and SY/MAX PLCs over the same connection.
        The NR&D SC902 Smart Cable will connect an SPE4-3D serial port to a PC COM: port or Port 0 of the SPE4-3S to a PC COM: port.
        The NR&D RS3 RS-232 cable will connect ports 1-4 of an SPE4-3S to a PC COM: port.

Register Rack Interface
     * Gather data from Powerlogic and Modbus devices
     * Present the data over the backplane to the PLC
     * Works in local and remote SY/MAX racks
     * 16-bit backplane preserves analog data

Radio Master
     * Control radio networks
     * Mix Modbus devices onto RNIM radio networks

Data Concentrator
     * Store data in the 2,048 mailbox registers accessible through any port
     * Auto-scan devices on the serial ports or on Ethernet with register reads and writes
     * Allows slave devices to share data with no PLC intervention

SY/MAX Port Expander
     * Add ports to a SY/MAX processor
     * Add additional operator interfaces
     * Connect to SY/NET through a NIM
     * Set ports to act as an RNIM or a PNIM
     * Give SY/MAX processor Modbus capability
     * Move important data to the PLC through the backplane

The serial ports support 17 separate modes including all of the Square D and Modicon serial protocols. Some modes allow devices with different protocols to exist on the same physical media. Each port can be independently configured. Each serial port has an auto-scan table of 48 entries.

On the SPE4-3D ports 1-4 support 4-wire RS-422 point-to-point or 2-wire or 4-wire RS-485 multidrop. On the SPE4-3S ports 1-4 support point-to-point RS-232. On both models port 0 supports 4-wire RS-422 point-to-point and provides +5 VDC power for a converter.

The SPE4 is in the form factor of a SY/MAX rack module. When used in a SY/MAX rack it has a register interface to the PLC but can also be used as a stand-alone solution by including a Niobrara NRK2 single slot rack.

The configuration of the SPE4 is stored in registers available from any port. The configuration can be changed "on-the-fly" without rebooting the module.

The configuration registers are stored in capacitor-backed RAM. For long-term module storage the configuration can be written to EEPROM "on-the-fly". The module comes with a CD containing a manual and SPE4SW32 configuration software for the PC. Firmware upgrades are available free of charge for one year after date of purchase. The SPE4 carries a one-year warranty.



Ordering Information

The SPE4 is available as:
     * SPE4-3D    with 5 RS-422 ports
     * SPE4-3S    with 4 RS-232 ports and 1 RS-422 port

SPE4-3D Accessories
     * SC902       RS-232<=>RS-422 Converter cable for configuring the SPE4 and upgrading its firmware.
     * NRK2       Single slot rack with built in power supply for stand alone installations.
     * DC1          RS-422 cable for connecting the SPE4 to a SY/MAX PLC or NIM.

SPE4-3S Accessories
     * SC902       RS-232<=>RS-422 Converter cable for configuring the SPE4-3S through Port 0 and upgrading its firmware.
     * RS3       RS-232 cable for configuring the SPE4-3S and upgrading its firmware through Ports 1-4.
     * NRK2       Single slot rack with built in power supply for stand alone installations.
     * DC1          RS-422 cable for connecting the SPE4-3S Port 0 to a SY/MAX PLC or NIM.


Specifications

Dimensions: Standard SY/MAX register module. 1.5" wide by 13" tall by 6.5" deep. Approximately four pounds net. Rugged welded steel enclosure with baked on finish. All serial connectors and indicators are on the front. The SY/MAX bus card edge connector is on the back.

Power Requirements: From SY/MAX bus or NRK2: 5 VDC, 1.5 A

Serial Port 0: RS-422 SY/MAX compatible. Same pinout as SY/MAX processor. Slide-lock posts. 134.5 to 14,400 baud. Even, odd, or no parity. 1 or 2 stop bits. 7 or 8 data bits. Provides +5VDC.

SPE4-3D Serial Ports 1-4: SY/MAX compatible pin-out. Four RS-422/RS-485 serial ports. 50, 75, 110, 134.5, 150, 300, 600, 1200, 1800, 2400, 3600, 4800, 7200, 9600, 14,400 or 19,200 baud; 7 or 8 data bits; odd, even or no parity; 1 or 2 stop bits. Selectable checksum (BCC or CRC) supported in some modes. SY/MAX compatible DB9 female connectors with slide-lock posts. When used in RS-485 mode, ports are 2- and 4-wire compatible. Handshaking. Auto-scan and Auto-transfer enabled. Configurable Bias and Termination.

SPE4-3S Serial Ports 1-4: PC COM port compatible pin-out. Four RS-232 serial ports. 50, 75, 110, 134.5, 150, 300, 600, 1200, 1800, 2400, 3600, 4800, 7200, 9600, 14,400 or 19,200 baud; 7 or 8 data bits; odd, even or no parity; 1 or 2 stop bits. Selectable checksum (BCC or CRC) supported in some modes. PC COM port compatible DB9 male connectors with threaded nuts. Handshaking. Auto-scan and Auto-transfer enabled.

Serial Port Modes: Any serial port can independently operate in any of the following modes: SY/MAX, Net-to-Net, Peripheral, PLogic, IDEC, Modbus Host (RTU - Master and Slave), Modbus Gate (RTU - master and slave), Modbus ASCII, Gateway, Transparent, Share, Chevron, or Dual Slave. Ports 1-4 can also be configured for PNIM, RNIM Master, RNIM Slave, or Multidrop.

Mailbox Registers: 2048 processor equivalent registers addressed 1 through 2048. Any number of these may be rack addressed as needed for user applications. Any rack addressed register can be a PLC input or a PLC output as required by the application.

Module Configuration: Module configuration is stored in registers in capacitor-backed RAM and can be changed "on the fly". For long-term storage, configuration can be stored to EEPROM "on the fly".

Indicators: Transmit and Receive LEDs for ports 1-4. Active, Error, and Busy LEDs for the Module. Eleven total indicators.

Operating Conditions: 0 to 50 degrees C operating temperature; -40 to 80 degrees C storage. Humidity up to 90% noncondensing. Pressure altitude -200 to +10,000 feet MSL.

Buttons & Switches: Clear button erases RAM and restores module configuration from EEPROM, FLASH, or Factory Defaults. Download switch allows for module firmware download.


Effective 22 May 2006 - Specifications subject to change without notice.