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CIF Device Driver for Windows

Communication Interface Driver

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At a glance

  • Standard application interface
  • One driver for all fieldbus systems
  • Includes complete source code for the driver, interface DLL and test programs
  • Loadable driver, which does not need to be included into the Windows CE kernel
  • Supports DPM, ISA and PCI connections
  • Up to 4 boards usable at the same time

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Device Driver for Windows CE


The CIF Device Driver for Windows® CE is a loadable driver which need not be included into the Windows ® CE system image (binary). Therefore, the driver consists of two DLLs. The driver itself and the application programming interface (API) DLL. The API for the access to the driver and thus to the CIF is compatible to the already existing interface for Windows® systems. The Driver supports the PC card with ISA bus (thus also PC/104) interface and PCMCIA cards. For easier configuration of the CIF card, the API is extended by means of a Firmware and Configuration Download Function. This function is included into the driver interface DLL and is able to load configuration data or firmware files on to the CIF card.

The fieldbus configuration is created and tested by the system configurator SyCon® on a Windows® 95/98/ME or Windows® NT/2000/XP based system (Desktop/Notebook). The scope of supply includes all components in source code. This comprises the driver, the API DLL including the necessary Header files and the test, setup and demo programs. The driver and the applications, for the processor types supported by the Embedded Toolkit 2.10 are included in compiled executable code. Versions for processors that are not included in this Toolkit can be created easily by the use of the supplied source code.

Technical Details

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Product namePart numberBrief description
DRV-CE6200.020CIF Device Driver for Windows





The driver works together with all of our communication interfaces and comprises all of the functions for initializing, parameterizing, exchanging data and retrieving status information. The driver works in polling or interrupt mode and services a maximum of four cards in one PC. However, the card can be utilized as ISA, PCI or PCMCIA or a combination as desired. The functions of the device driver are independent of the fieldbus system. The access to the variables in the process image is fully identical. What is different are the parameters of the diagnostic and status structures, as well as fieldbus-specific commands. Associated definitions are included as header files. By taking these corresponding facts into account, it is possible to interchange PC cards from different fieldbus systems without this resulting in any alterations in the application. Demo programs in source code are included with the driver and thus permit quick and easy familiarization. Further components include an installation program which carries out the entire registration on the operating system.