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Model Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V 

Networkable, Temperature Sensor Board with 8 Digital 12-Bit sensors, and with Serial LCD Port

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Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V   Features:
 

   8 Independent 12-Bit Digital Temperature Sensors:  Each Digital Temperature Sensor with range of -550C to +1250C, 1/20C Accuracy and  0.06250C Resolution

Networkable RS232 Port: For Set-Temperature Input, and for Measured Temperature Output. Up to 61 Boards can be interconnected to form a 3-wire Local Area Network, LAN.

RS232 LCD Port: For Measured Temperature Display.

J1Port:  For Sensor Display Select.


Overall Dimensions: L=2.6", W=1.8", H=1.0" (66 x 46 x 25mm)


Components Type: 100% Solid State, NO Relays

On Board:
Filter Capacitors
VTS diodes
Bicolor LED Indicator,  (Red=Hot, Green=Cold)

Voltage Requirement:
A single DC Source Voltage (unregulated ) with any voltage value from 9V to 30V (for Vp)

 

Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V-1B1  Spec Sheet  (PDF)


The Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V is a Networkable Temperature Sensor board where 8 independent Digital 12-Bit temperature sensors are used to monitor temperature values from 8-different locations. The 8 sensors are prompted periodically at the same time and a new temperature value is available within 1 second from each sensor at the same time (i.e. the sampling rate is 1second and the data acquisition is synchronous). The temperature values are measured with 12-bit digital sensors in the -550C to +1250C range with 0.06250C resolution and 0. 50C accuracy.  An onboard microprocessor controls the data acquisition process, monitors the user inputs; and drives the LCD. Eight small 12-bit digital sensors, (Signal’s part number Si24DTsens-12B  or Dallas Semi., DS18B20 thermometer, connected to port TS1,…TS8) are used to measure temperature values. Because these sensors are digital in nature, they are virtually immune to noise and loading; ideally suited for remote sensing. Each sensor uses a unique “1-wire interface” (with parasite power mode) that requires only 2-conductors for reliable remote (typical length of 20 meters) temperature sensing. As the name (Ne, Networkable) implies, the measured temperature values can be captured by a  Personal Computer (PC) using the Microsoft “Hyper Terminal” program (or any-other ASCII controller, operating at 9600 Baud, 1 start-bit, 8 data-bits, 1 stop-bit, No parity-bit.), using ASCII command strings, and the RS232 protocol. The RS232 data format and the Local Area Network (LAN) commands are described on the next page. The measure temperature values (TS1,…,TS8) can be locally displayed on a 2 line by 16 character serial LCD. A Push button switch (connected to J1) selects which two sensors are displayed at one time. The LCD can be ordered from Signal under the part number of Si14LCD2L16CH  (with 12” cable and 4-pin connectors and with back-light). An onboard Green LED is used to monitor the sampling process. The LED blinks each time a new group of 8 samples (from TS1,…,TS8) are available.  

A Typical Application of the Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V

In this temperature measurement application, 8 independent temperature measurements are performed with 8 digital 12-Bit sensors connected to this board. The sensors cover a temperature range of -550C to +1250C with 0.06250C resolution and 0.50C accuracy. The 8 sensors are prompted periodically at the same time and a new temperature value is available within 1 second from each sensor at the same time (i.e. the sampling rate is 1 second and the temperature samples are synchronous). The acquired temperature values are displayed on the LCD (from 2 sensors at one time) as selected by the display push-button switch (shown below). The samples can be captured by a  Personal Computer (PC) using the Microsoft “Hyper Terminal” program (or any-other ASCII controller) operating at 9600 Baud, 1 start-bit, 8 data-bits, 1 stop-bit, No parity-bit. The sensors can be purchased from Signal Consulting, LLC as Si24DTsens-12B (DS18B20 in TO-92 casing, with 12” leads and with 3-pin connector) or ordered from vendors as:  DS18B20, Digital Thermometer. The specification of this sensor can be view by clicking by this link:   Si24DTsens-Spec1-DS18B20. The optional LCD module can be ordered from Signal using the part number of Si14LCD2L16CH  (2-lines by 16-character display with 12” cable and 4-pin connectors, and with back-light).  

Command Format and Local Area Network (LAN) for the Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V

Each board has a unique, 8-bit, ASCII, none-volatile, Node-Address ranging from 1….9, A..Z, a,.…z (or a total of 61 Units can be networked).The address can be changed by a LAN command (the factory default address is 1). The board uses a modified version of the RS232 serial-data communication standard, where the output-voltage (on pin I2, CN3) ranges from 0 to +5V (rather than the usual -12V to +12V). In addition, this output pin is normally an open circuit and it will only output a serial TTL binary bit-stream when properly referenced by its Node-Address. The serial data input-voltage (on pin I1, CN2) has the standard range of -12V to +12V. The serial data-format is: 9600 Baud Rate, 1 Start-Bit, 8 Data-Bits, 1 Stop-Bit, and no Parity-Bit. These features allow the creation of a Local Area Network (LAN) with up to 61 nodes (boards). A typical 3-wire LAN with “Star Topology” is shown below. Note that the control lines (G, I1, I2) with the same name are connected together (or the boards are connected in parallel) and driven by an ASCII controller (or PC), equipped with an RS232 serial port, operating at 9600 Baud rate.

Command Rules:

1.  All Commands are ASCII character strings (Chars.).  An ASCII string is denoted here with Bold Red Letters (Characters).

2.  Each string is terminated by a Carriage Return Character, (CR). The only exception is the # command.

3.  Upper-Case Letters are used for Output Commands; and Lower-Case Letters are used for Input Commands.

4. The 1st Char. in a string is either an ASCII # or a Node Address (1, .,9,A..Z, a,..,z). If the 1st Char. is a #, it denotes a query to all boards on the LAN to output their Node Address and Program Name.

5. If the 1st Char. is an ASCII (1..,9, A,..Z, a,…,z), it directs the rest of the command string to the board that has this address.

6. The 2nd Char. in the string is the Command Character that operates on the addressed board.

7. The last Char. in the sequence is always the string terminator, (CR).

Command Examples on Input Line I1:

Ex#1.  Com. String:  #     Action: All boards on the LAN will output their Address and Program Name.

Ex#2.  Com. String:  1u5(CR)       Action: Change Board 1 Address in EPROM from 1 to 5.

Ex#3.  Com. String:  1A(CR)        Action:  Board 1 outputs Measured Temperature from TS1,..,TS4.

Ex#4.  Com. String:  1B(CR)        Action:  Board 1 outputs Measured Temperature from TS5,..TS8.

You must use approximately 25msec (or longer) delays between characters when inputting a command string (“1t..(CR)”, “1T(CR)” or “1Q(CR)”) to this controller board.

Occasionally, a transient character may be captured and buffered by one more board on the LAN. This transient character can be cleared by sending one  or more (CR) prior to a valid command string. Valid Measured Temperature values are given at 1Hz rate; consequently commands strings can be sent at 0.66Hz rate.

Response to Commands on Output Line I2:

The response to a "1A(CR)" command is an ASCII character string (or a line of characters). Each string is terminated with carriage return and line feed characters. An example is shown below: 

N=1  T1=+025.00 C  T2=+023.87 C  T3=+025.00 C  T4=+023.87 C

 Where N=1 is the node (or unit) address of the board (can be changed with the u command), and T1=+023.87 C is the current Measured-Temperature in degree Centigrade from sensor TS1,…..

Note that there are two space characters between N=1and T; and there are two space characters between each C and T. The length of this character string is 61, including carriage return and line feed characters   (not shown in this example). 

Similarly, the response to a "1B(CR)" command is an ASCII character string (or a line of characters). Each string is terminated with carriage return and line feed characters. An example is shown below: 

N=1  T5=+025.00 C  T6=+023.87 C  T7=+025.00 C  T8=+023.87 C

 

2-Line by 16-Character LCD Display Format:

 An optional 2-Line by 16-Character serial LCD (Si14LCD2L16CH) can be connected to port CN3.

This +5V, RS232 serial LCD operate at 9600 Baud rate with: 1 Start-Bit, 8 Data-Bits, 1 Stop-Bit, No Parity-Bit.  A typical LCD display is given below:

 Line 1:    NTn=+025.00 C   

Line 2:    NTk=+025.00 C    

Where n is a sensor number as selected by the push button switch (Connected to J1, Shown on the Application diagram) and   k=n+1  

Network Configuration:

The on-board microprocessor provides the bus arbitration, required to avoid data collisions on the 3-wire LAN bus. The  Si..Ne.. boards can be arranged in many Local Area Network (LAN)  topologies: Star, Daisy-Chain, etc.  You may create your own network or you may order one or more of the Network Cable Assemblies listed in the Application Note.   Before you build your network, click on this blue link and read this Application Note:  SigNote on Configuring a LAN-2.
Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V Networkable, Temperature Sensor Board with 8 Digital 12-Bit sensors
Price $159.00

Note: If Buying the Si8Ne8DTS12B-30V, it is recommended to buy one or eight Si24DTsens-12B Digital Thermometers and one or more Network Accessories .

Si24DTsens-12B , 12-bit Digital Thermometer ( -550C to +1250C Range, in 0.0650C Steps) with 12" leads and 3pin Molex Connector. 
Price $39.00
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Price $59.00
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