The enclosure is specifically designed to operate multiple synchronized cronologic boards in order to create, for example, a high speed data acquisition system with up to 32 ADC channels. It can also be used to house other DAQ cards, GPUs for high performance computing, storage adapters or networking equipment.
The connection of the external chassis to the PC happens over a PCIe2 x16 link with a full duplex bandwidth of 2x 8 GByte/s. You can add as many Ndigo Crates directly to your PC as you have free PCIe slots available. You can even add more units by daisy-chaining crates!
The PCIe-extension is fully transparent. The operating system can not distinguish between boards in the PCIe expansion box and boards inside the PC itself. No drivers are required.
The slot covers are loacted at the front of the enclosure. As a result, status information is fully visible and your connectors and cables are nicley reachable during operation.
The crate is delivered as a set including an interfacing cable and a low profile PC link board.
Crate-3 and Crate-5 can be used as PCIe to PCI adapter while provding five additional PCIe slots.