Synchronous serial interface for PCI

The PCI GP-ECL is discontinued and no longer supported; the information below is provided for reference only.
Please see the ECL / LVDS-E / RS422-E, which has superseded this product.

  • 1-4 or 16 channels
  • 1-4 data bits per channel (4 channel), 1 clock and 1 data bit per channel (16 channel)
  • ECL compatible driver/receivers
  • Transfer rates up to 60 megabits per second per channel
  • Implements a high-speed DMA channel between an external device and PCI computer
  • Customized by a RAM-based programmable gate array
  • Single short PCI bus slot
  • Low cost

The PCI GP-ECL samples the data on the rising edge of the clock and stores it in host memory by the PCI GP-ECL DMA. It provides a simple, flexible low cost solution for telecom and monitoring applications.

In SSD4 mode, the PCI GP-ECL provides a synchronous serial interface that can collect one to four channels and one to four data bits of synchronous serial data per channel. Transfer rates are up to 60 Megabits/sec.

  • Telecom receiver
  • Monitoring serial data communications
  • Ground station support

Device drivers for Windowstm and Linux are included. The driver provides access to the PCI GP-ECL through standard and asynchronous read and write system calls. A DMA ring buffer management library is provided for high speed continuous transfers.


Custom cable assemblies suited to your application can be provided; click here for a list of standard EDT cable assemblies.


EDT provides several levels of customer support, from phone consultation to custom design of hardware and software, at hourly rates.


PCI Local Bus Compliance

PCI 2.1s
32 bits
Data transfer protocol: synchronous
Transfer 1, 2, or 4 separate


Standard ECL signal levels, terminated through 50 ohms to -2 volts.


AMP 68-pin high-density connector


1 A @ 12 volts
1 A @ 5 volts


Temperature: Operating, 10° to 40° C; non-operating, -20° to 60° C
Humidity: Operating, 20% to 80% noncondensing at 40° C; non-operating, 95% noncondensing at 40° C


Single standard PCI bus slot
Dimensions: 3.9″ x 5.6″ x 0.7″
Weight: 7.0 oz.

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