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NAME

     pcii — National Instruments PCIIA GPIB controller driver

SYNOPSIS

     device pcii

     In /boot/device.hints:
     hint.pcii.0.at="isa"
     hint.pcii.0.port="0x2e1"
     hint.pcii.0.irq="7"
     hint.pcii.0.drq="1"

DESCRIPTION

     The pcii driver provides support for driving an IEEE-488 bus, also called IEC-625 (or just
     "IEC bus"), or HP-IB (Hewlett Packard Instrument Bus), or GPIB (General Purpose Instrument
     Bus).  The driver supports National Instruments PCIIA cards (sometimes also referred to as
     PC2A) and compatibles.  These cards use a NEC µPD7210 controller IC as the main interface
     between the host computer and the instrument bus.

   IO memory space layout
     The PCIIA cards use a very specific IO memory space allocation layout.  The address bits A0
     through A9 (which have traditionally been the only address bits evaluated on IBM PC XT
     extension cards) are hardwired to address 0x2e1.  Bits A10 through A12 are used by the
     µPD7210 register select lines.  This makes the individual 7210 registers being 0x400 bytes
     apart in the ISA bus address space.  Address bits A13 and A14 are compared to a DIP switch
     setting on the card, allowing for up to 4 different cards being installed (at base addresses
     0x2e1, 0x22e1, 0x42e1, and 0x62e1, respectively).  A15 has been used to select an optional
     on-board time-of-day clock chip (MM58167A) on the original PCIIA rather than the µPD7210
     (which is not implemented on later boards and clones).  Finally, the IO addresses 0x2f0 ...
     0x2f7 are used for a special interrupt handling feature (re-enable interrupts so the IRQ can
     be shared), where actually only address 0x2f0 plus the actual IRQ level is required for each
     card.  Some clones do not appear to require this special IRQ handling, and are thus likely
     to not support the shared IRQ feature.

     Only the base address of the card needs to be specified in the ISA device hints; the driver
     takes care to derive all other IO addresses needed during the probe phase.

   Supported cards
     The following cards are known to be supported:

           ·   B&C Microsystems PC488A-0

           ·   National Instruments GPIB-PCII/PCIIA (in PCIIa mode)

           ·   Axiom AX5488

SEE ALSO

     gpib(3), gpib(4), device.hints(5)

HISTORY

     The pcii driver was written by Poul-Henning Kamp, and first appeared in FreeBSD 5.4.

AUTHORS

     This manual page was written by Jörg Wunsch.