The Communication Interface Extender system goes beyond standard I/O devices. The “head end” is a dual port CIX6435 Master with an Ethernet and serial port for connection to a PC or PLC. The Ethernet interface supports Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP/IP and the serial interface supporting full duplex DF1 or Modbus RTU protocols. The CIX6435 communicates wirelessly with up to 16 CIX6430 Remote I/O units to form a single wireless I/O network for seamless protocol integration into your equipment. Protocol communications with the CIX Master is as documented by the equipment manufacturer to utilize Data-Linc’s point addressing model.
Each CIX6430 Remote provides 8 discrete inputs, 8 discrete outputs, 4 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs. A full network with 16 CIX Remotes provides a total of 384 I/O points. Discrete inputs are self-sensing dry contact. Discrete outputs are open collector common emitter (sinking), and the 12 bit resolution analogs can be configured for 0-20ma, 4-20ma and 0-10VDC.
Wireless communication is based on Data-Linc’s robust and proprietary SRM Smart SpectrumTM FHSS technology. All SRM radio features are available including Repeater, Remote and Repeater/Remote modes. Operation of two or more CIX wireless networks in near proximity and in the same ISM band is supported. LincViewTM OPC real time wireless RF network diagnostics is also supported. The result is extremely robust and reliable I/O communication for both in-plant or in-the-field use (range up to 25 miles with line of sight), even in high noise environments. The CIX system has excellent noise immunity, but should loss of wireless communication occur, each output point can be forced to a specified value or to hold last value, and the communications loss is indicated by a status light and an output bit for event notification. Using Network ID mode permits replacement of any CIX unit without reconfiguring any other CIX unit. All I/O connections are via pluggable terminal blocks to simplify initial wiring, and if required, a CIX unit can be replaced without the need to rewire. Each CIX Remote can be wire connected to CIX/EXR expansion unit Remotes via RS232 or RS485 wiring. This permits I/O point expansion at or near a CIX6430 location.
Field configuration of each CIX unit is straightforward using Data-Linc’s configuration software. CIX Wireless I/O System is also backed by Data-Linc Group's extensive background and knowledge of PLCs and was specifically designed for PLC communications.
The CIX wireless I/O network is ideal for data acquisition and control applications. The Communication Interface Extender is an excellent option for installations looking toward future growth. Merely add another Remote or another CIX network. Whether an installation is small and requires only a few discrete points or is expanding to multiple networks of discrete and analog I/O, the CIX wireless I/O system can meet the challenge and provide a cost-effective reliable solution. It is also ARRA compliant*.
* American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
pdf (967K) the printable version of the Data Sheet for the CIX6400 System Communication Interface I/O Extender (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open.)
License-free, 902-928 MHz ISM band (user setting for full or truncated band)
CD. Configuration software, LincViewTM OPC RF network management software, User Guide, Quick Start
Antenna. Test Antenna
System gain. 133dB
Distance. 25+ miles (40 km) LOS with omni antennas
RF Output Power. 1 W (30 dBm maximum, (10 programmable steps)
Modulation. Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum, GFSK
Hop Patterns. 15 (user selectable)
Occupied Bandwidth. 230KHz
Error Correction. 32 bit CRC
RF Encryption. Substitution Dynamic Key, up to 256 bit AES
Sensitivity. -103 dBm @ 10-4 raw BER
Selectivity. 40 dB @ fc ±230 KHz and 60dB @ fc ±460 KHz
Temperature. -40°0 to 167° F (-40° to 75° C)
Humidity. 0 to 95% non-condensing
Enclosure. 18 gauge steel
Standard. 18-gauge steel with mounting flanges
2.35 X 3.75 X 8.1 in. (7 X 9.5 X 20.6 cm)
Optional. DIN rail mounting
Shipping Weight. 1.8 lb (0.82 kg)
Included. 7' Cat 5 Cable
Antenna. Standard thread female SMA for optional external omni directional or yagi antennas.
Ethernet. 10/100 Base-T Auto-MDIX
Diagnostic port. RS232 DB9 Female or RS485 2-wire
Power 3-pin pluggable terminal block
RF.Power (P), RF Carrier (C), RF Output (O),
Mode. M1, M2, L1, L2
Voltage. 10-28 VDC nominal
Current. 160mA idle, 660mA peak on transmit
Included. Configuration Cable
Analog. 0-20ma, 4-20mA or 0-10 VDC, 24VDC max. loop voltage, 12 bit resolution. Self-powered outputs.
Discrete Input. Dry contact closure
Discrete Output. Open collector (sink to ground), 100mA per channel, 12-24VDC
Antenna. Standard thread female SMA for optional external omni directional or yagi antennas
I/O Discrete and Analog. Detachable screw-type terminal blocks Wire size 12-26 AWG
Power. 3-pin pluggable terminal block
Diagnostic port. RS232 DB9 Female
EX-Linc. RS232 DB9 Female or RS485 2-wire
General.Power (P), RF Carrier(C), RF Output (O), RF Input (I), Comm Error
Discrete. Activity LED for each discrete I/O
Voltage. 12-28 VDC nominal
Current. 160mA idle, 660mA peak on transmit
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