Mosaic Stacks Wildcard I/O Modules to Expand Controllers

5/15/2003 - Mosaic Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of programmable embedded computers with touchscreen-controlled operator interfaces, announced the release of a new family of stackable I/O modules to further expand the control capabilities Mosaic's controllers. The new expansion modules, dubbed 'Wildcards', are ideal for applications requiring multiple I/O points, high resolution, data acquisition and real-time control. These modular 2x2.5 plug-in boards can be mixed and matched to create specialized I/O customized to particular applications.

"The Wildcards provide an unprecedented I/O density for instrumentation and automation projects," said Paul Clifford, Vice President of Engineering at Mosaic Industries. "This modular design, with careful consideration given to manufacturing and maintenance requirements, is well suited to both small and large applications, where cost and physical size are critical".

The Wildcard expansion modules are available for: 24-bit sigma-delta analog-to-digital conversion, RS-485 communications, 16-bit A/D and 12-bit D/A conversion, opto-isolated control of DC and AC loads, high voltage switching, and removable mass memory. Up to eight Wildcards may be connected at once providing up to 56 24-bit A/D inputs, 160 programmable digital I/O lines, 32 AC control lines, or 24 DC control lines.

All Wildcards include pre-coded device drivers providing full high level access to their functions using either the C or Forth programming languages. Pre-coded I/O drivers facilitate data acquisition, pulse width modulation, motor control, frequency measurement, data analysis, analog control, and communications. Mosaic's embedded controllers and Wildcard series promote a high level of software/hardware integration for rapid prototyping of new products.

The Wildcards are available now, prices range from $50 to $150 per unit with substantial volume discounts.

About Mosaic Industries, Inc.
Since 1985, Mosaic Industries, Inc. has been providing off-the shelf customized hardware solutions, from analysis to product design, for numerous applications such as industrial control, automation of industrial processes, product development and/or product upgrades, data acquisition, and scientific instruments. For further information call 510/790-1255 or visit

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