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1S1P Mini PCI Express Serial Parallel Card w/ 16950 UART

Add Serial and Parallel support to Embedded Systems via mini PCI Express

Product ID: PEX1S1PMINI

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  • 1 high speed RS-232 serial port with data transfer rate up to 460.8 Kbps
  • 1 IEEE 1284-compliant SPP/EPP/ECP parallel port
  • 128-byte deep FIFO per transmitter and receiver

The PEX1S1PMINI 1S1P Mini PCI Express Serial Parallel Card w/ 16950 UART turns a mini PCIe slot into 1 RS232 (DB9) Serial port and 1 Parallel port.

A native PCI Express single chip design allows you to take advantage of full PCI Express capability, providing improved speed and reliability while reducing the CPU load by as much as 48% over conventional bridge chip cards.

Compatible with a broad range of operating systems including Windows®, Linux, and Mac OS, the mini-PCI Express Serial/Parallel Card can be installed into almost any system.

The mini PCIe Parallel/Serial combo card offers a cost-saving solution for adding legacy serial and parallel support for embedded systems that aren't normally compatible.

Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Embedded and Slimline POS system requiring serial and parallel communications
  • Industrial applications with embedded system
  • Micro system requiring serial and parallel ports

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • This Mini PCIe card is small enough to fit into most embedded and micro systems allowing serial and parallel support connectivity
  • High Performance Single Channel Oxford 950 UART with data transfer rate up to 460.8 Kbps offering reliability and speed
  • Broad operating system compatibility allows for simple integration into mixed environments

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030835299

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
Windows® CE 6.0 / 5.0, 95, 98SE, 2000, XP, XP Embedded, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Linux 2.4.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) Mini PCI Express x1 (52 pin)
1 - External Ports DB-25 (25 pin, D-Sub)
DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub)
Environmental Operating Temperature -10°C to 80°C (14°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 100°C (-4°F to 212°F)
Humidity 5~85% RH
Hardware Ports 1
Interface Parallel
Serial
Bus Type Mini PCI Express
Card Type Embedded
Port Style Dongle (Included)
Industry Standards PCI Express 1.1, PCI Power Management 1.2
Chipset ID PLX/Oxford - OXPCIe952
Packaging Information Package Length 21,1 cm [8,3 in]
Package Width 41 mm [1,6 in]
Package Height 14,3 cm [5,6 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 240 g [8,5 oz]
Performance Serial Protocol RS-232
Max Baud Rate 460.8 Kbps
Data Bits 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
FIFO 128 Bytes
Physical Characteristics Cable Length 23 cm [9,1 in]
Product Length 50 mm [2,0 in]
Product Width 30 mm [1,2 in]
Product Height 6 mm [0,2 in]
Weight of Product 6,2 g [0,2 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® CE 6.0 / 5.0, 95, 98SE, 2000, XP, XP Embedded, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Linux 2.4.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package Mini-PCIe Controller Board
DB25 to board adapter
DB9 to board adapter
DB25 and DB9 bracket
DB25 bracket
DB9 bracket
Driver CD
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

To check whether or not an RS-232 serial port is working, perform an RS-232 loopback test by doing the following:

  1. If your serial port is not female, convert it by taking a female/female cable or gender changer and plugging it into the serial port.
  2. Take a metal paperclip or wire and cross pins 2 and 3. If you look closely at the female end, the pins should be numbered.
  3. Open a telnet session on the COM port number of the device that you are testing. To find out the COM port number, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/com-port-listing-windows.

Note: To open a telnet session on the COM port, you need a telnet client like PuTTY or Hyper Terminal. Windows XP comes with Hyper Terminal.

  1. When the session is open, anything you type into it you should see. The loopback test fails when you cannot see what you are typing.

If the loopback test fails, make sure that the serial cable or gender changer that you are using works and that the adapter is in the correct port. 

You can check multiple ports at the same time by opening multiple sessions, putting the loopback adapter on one port, and trying to type into each session.  When you can see what you are typing, you know that the COM port is working and you can see which port number the physical serial port is. Close the window for the port that you just tested to speed up the testing of the remaining serial ports.

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When you troubleshoot issues with a serial or parallel hybrid device, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Serial or parallel cables

  • Serial or parallel ports

  • Serial or parallel devices

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the serial or parallel cable, serial or parallel port, and serial or parallel device in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different serial or parallel cable, serial or parallel port, and serial or parallel device in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the serial or parallel ports and serial or parallel device, it is recommended that you do the following:

Note: Some serial devices work only if the COM or LPT port number is between a certain range. For example, COM1 to COM4 for serial and LPT1 and LPT2 for parallel.

Note: There is not an equivalent loopback test that can be performed for parallel devices.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

The Mini-SATA (mSATA) connector looks similar to a PCI Express Mini Card interface, but is not electrically compatible with the PCI Express Mini Card.

Intel® motherboards that list Mini PCI-Express w/mSATA support are actually mSATA connections that use the Mini PCI-Express card slot. If you use these motherboards with the PEX1S1PMINI, it shows up as a mSATA device in the BIOS, but is not compatible with these motherboards.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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