SimStack

SimStack Foundation Board

A SimStack consisting of a Foundation board, an Output board, and an Input board.

SimStack is an innovative new solution that provides Input and Output solutions to simulators of all types.

The stackable design of SimStack allows customers to extend each stack to suit their specific requirements.

SimStack is capable of integration of OEM and replica parts with existing simulator software in all types of simulators.

SimStack Connection Overview (PDF) – A logical overview of SimStack.

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SimStack Features

  • Ethernet connectivity with easy integration to existing Simulator Software
  • Stackable design allows scalability and flexibility
  • Up to 128 independent digital inputs per stack [1]
  • Up to 16 analogue inputs per stack
  • Up to 120 independent digital outputs per stack [1]
  • Digital outputs provide 4096 steps of Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) dimming
  • PWM dimming provides support for LEDs or incandescent bulbs
  • Supports output voltages between 0 and 32V DC and up to 3A per output channel
  • Outputs can be configured as common cathode or common anode (switched earth or switched supply)
  • Onboard microprocessor with software updates over Ethernet
  • Configuration software is Java based allowing multi-platform support
  • For an example of the support hardware, please see the table below.

[1] May be lower depending on attached hardware and software interface

Components

  Supported Hardware

Item
Supported
Notes
Momentary Switch
Yes
Uses one input pin
Locking Position Switch
Yes
Uses one input pin
Multiple Position Switch
Yes
Uses one input for each position
Input Arrays
Yes
One input per breaker, max 16 contiguous in array, max 8 arrays per input board. (128 total).
Rotary Encoder
Yes
Connects to 2 consecutive input pins
Analog Inputs
Yes
Up to 8 analogue inputs per SimStack Foundation Board
Up to 16 analog inputs using an CD74HC4067 expansion chip connected to the SimStack Foundation Board
Analog Inputs - 16 bit
Yes
Two per stack using a MAX1416 and a SimStack Custom Expansion Board
LEDs
- common cathode
Yes
Up to 4096 step PWM (Max 3A per channel and 30A per card)
LEDs
- common anode
Yes
Up to 4096 step PWM (Max 3A per channel and 30A per card)
Incandescent Lamps
- switched earth
Yes
Up to 4096 step PWM (Max 3A per channel and 30A per card)
Incandescent Lamps
- switched supply
Yes
Up to 4096 step PWM (Max 3A per channel and 30A per card)
16 Character Display
Yes
Expansion display connects to SimStack Foundation Board
Servo Motor
Yes
Connects to SimStack Foundation Board
Stepper Motor
Yes
Connects to SimStack Motor Driver Board
DC Motor
Yes
Connects to SimStack Motor Driver Board
Relays
Yes
Connect relay to any output pin
7 Segment Displays
Yes
MAX7221 or 7219 8 digit expansion board connects to SimStack Foundation Board
Temperature Sensor
Yes
Dallas one wire connects to SimStack Foundation Board