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PC Based Instrumentation and Control, 3rd Edition by Mike Tooley

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2 PC expansion bus systems

The availability of a variety of standard expansion bus systems within the PC environment must surely be the single most crucial factor in harnessing the power of the machine. Having decided upon the platform for your application, whether it be a conventional PC, an industrial PC, or some form of embedded PC controller, there is a need to find an effective means of connecting your hardware via an appropriate interface.

For many applications the internally available expansion (ISA/EISA, PCI, or PCI-X) provides a means of connecting a wide range of external hardware devices. Happily, a large number of manufacturers have recognized this fact and have developed expansion cards specifically for control, data acquisition, ...

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