Acroname MTM-IO-Serial: Software Controlled USB Hub and IO Module

Acroname MTM-IO-Serial: Software Controlled USB Hub and IO Module

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As part of Acroname's MTM series, the MTM-IO-Serial module is a key component to manufacturing test systems for electronic devices using a standard USB 2.0 interface, serial UARTs and one or more interface voltages. The MTM-IO-Serial module features a software controlled USB hub (USB 2.0 high-speed) with four controllable channels. Each channel has switched data and 500mA current-limited power lines. With dedicated USB downstream and upstream channels, MTM-IO-Serial modules can scale with simple PCB daisy-chaining; only one cable needed to connect up to 100 devices.

The module also provides four high speed serial UART interfaces which require no specialized driver or kernel extensions. Serial UART data rate limits vary, based on the host operating system, but most systems support up to 230400 bps. The serial UARTs are grouped into two groups of independent, software adjustable voltage rails. This configuration allows the MTM-IO-Serial module to be used to interface to devices-under-test (DUTs) which use two different voltage planes. For example, many modern cell phones have application-processors running at one voltage and a radio or baseband processor running at a different voltage. MTM-IO-Serial allows these types of complex devices to be tested without complicated and flaky level shifters in the test fixture control board. The serial UART lines can be disabled and put into a "Hi-Z" state to prevent back-powering or browning-out a device-under-test.

With four digital input/output pins connected to each adjustable rail, the MTM-IO-Serial module is the "central hub" for controlling and interfacing with DUTs in automated functional test (FCT) and in-circuit test (ICT). There are also auxiliary 100mA current limited voltage supplies from the two adjustable rails and a fixed 5.0V rail. These rails may be used to ensure the exact equality of interface voltage planes or to even power low powered DUTs or additional test circuitry.

The latest BrainStem development API is always available in the Download Center. The latest firwmare can be applied using the Updater utility. Check out the BrainStem Firmware Management reference entry or video for instructions on how to update your device.