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The PPMC set takes advantage of the IEEE-1284 hardware signalling protocol, allowing multiple register addresses to be selected and transfers accomplished with minimum CPU overhead, and maximum data transfer rate. This requires a parallel port that can operate in the ECP or EPP mode. It is possible to use any bi-directional parallel port at the cost of additional CPU overhead. Note: You MUST use a cable marked "IEEE-1284 compliant" for this system to work reliably.
Also, if using a PCIe parallel port card, it has been discovered that Startech, SIIG and Rosewill cards with the OXPCIe952 chip will not work. (PCI (not express) cards from SIIG have worked fine for years.) The Saba PCIe card with the NetMos 9900 chip has been verified to work.
An alternative system, for stepper motors only, is the Universal Stepper Controller.
Download the PPMC diagnostic program
Instructions for setting up and using the diagnostic program
Download the ppmc.ini file for BDI-Live (rc46)
Parallel port compatibility and options
Download the ppmc.ini file for BDI 4.xx
Download the ppmc.run file for BDI-Live (rc46)
For more information, contact : Jon Elson Pico Systems 543 Lindeman Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 965-5523 or, email at : email@example.com