TCR511PCI: IRIG Time Code Receiver for Computers (PCI/PCI-X bus) 

TCR511PCI: IRIG Time Code Receiver for Computers (PCI/PCI-X bus) 

IRIG Time Code Receiver for Computers (PCI/PCI-X bus)

This card is still available until the end of March 2019 and can still be ordered by then.

The TCR511PCI receivesIRIG-A/B or AFNOR time codes and uses them to synchronize the system time of the host PC. The easy-to-use Meinberg API enables you to access this stable and accurate time base and its status information from within your own applications


Product Description

The board TCR511PCI has been designed to receive different IRIG-A/B and AFNOR codes. The decoded date and time can be read via the PCI/PCI-X bus interface and is also transmitted via the board’s RS-232 port.

The receiver’s automatic gain control (AGC) allows the reception of modulated IRIG signals within an amplitude range from 600mVpp to 8Vpp. In addition, the TCR511PCI provides an optocoupler input for decoding unmodulated codes with TTL- or RS485-level for example. A buffered real time clock keeps time and date after power down.

If you are going to use the TCR511PCI in your own applications, please ask for our sample application which shows how to access the card from within your software.

All drivers and the API sample sourcecode can be downloaded free of charges from our website and we are happy to assist you if you face any difficulties in using the Meinberg driver API in your software development process.

The drivers package for Windows contains a time adjustment service which runs in the background and adjusts the Windows system time continuously and smoothly. A monitor program is also included which lets the user check the status of the device and the time adjustment service, and can be used to modify configurable parameters, if run with administrator rights.

The driver packages for Linux and FreeBSD contain a kernel driver which allows the board to be used as a reference time source for the NTP daemon which is shipped with most Unix-like operating systems. This also turns the computer into an NTP time server which can also provide accurate time to NTP clients on the network. Some command line tools can be used to setup configurable parameters and monitor the status of the board.

For usage of the card on other operating systems please contact Meinberg support:

The device’s serial port is not required for operation but can be used to update the card’s firmware, or provide another computer with the current time via a serial time string.

Additional information

Key Features

Key Features
Years of warranty: 3 RoHS compliant
PCI LOCAL BUS interface,
3.3V or 5V, 33MHz or 66MHz,
PCI-X compatible
Plug and play
RS232 interface
Status LEDs
Reception of time code formats IRIG A/B or AFNOR
Configurable time zone
Driver software for all popular operating systems


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