The SDM-SIO4 is a legacy product and should be purchased only as a replacement or for use with legacy data loggers such as the CR10X. When considering the purchase of an SDM-SIO4, first consider using the SDM-SIO1 instead. Please note that the SDM-SIO4 is not compatible with all data loggers.
Primarily for legacy data loggers, the SDM-SIO4 adds serial I/O capacity and flexibility. It has four serial ports that communicate with serial sensors, display boards, printers, and other serial devices. After being programmed, the SDM-SIO4 communicates with connected devices in parallel with the data logger's own program sequence.Read More
The SDM-SIO4 is a legacy product and should be purchased only as a replacement or for use with legacy data loggers such the CR10X. When considering the purchase of an SDM-SIO4, first consider using the SDM-SIO1 instead. Please note that the SDM-SIO4 is not compatible will all data loggers.
|Speed at which data is transferred is controlled by the data logger and can vary with the microprocessor activity as well as the length of the SDM cables.
|Typical Transfer Rate
|One byte per millisecond
|Unregulated 12 V supply, 9 to 18 Vdc
|Retains configuration information only. (Lithium battery has an estimated life of 10 years.)
|Number of Ports
|4 (independently configurable for different serial data formats)
|Serial Ports Baud Rate
|25 to 115,200 bps
|9-pin D connectors
|Data Flow Control
|By data logger or SDM-SIO4, if required, using hardware or software protocols
|Built-in system watchdog resets the processor in the event of a crash caused by transients and a built-in LED gives an indication of SDM-SIO4 status on power-up.
|Input Voltage Limits
|Operating Temperature Range
|-25° to +50°C
|499 g (1.1 lb)
|All Ports Active
|0.7 mA (quiescent state entered if there is no SDM or port activity for ~30 ms)
Buffers (each port)
|Fill & stop (Once filled, additional data received is lost.)
|981 bytes + 16-byte hardware buffer
|981 bytes + 16-byte hardware buffer
|Processed Data Storage
|891 bytes (suitable for storing 224 4-byte Campbell Scientific floating point values)
|Floating Point Buffer
|Used only when the data logger outputs floating point data via the SDM. This buffer is 241 bytes—sufficient for 60 floating-point values.
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
|To use the SDM-SIO4 with a CR10 requires a six-conductor cable instead of a five-conductor cable. The extra conductor attaches to control port 6,7, or 8. A Library Special PROM with Instruction 113 is also required.
|Although the SDM-SIO4 is technically compatible with the CR1000, Campbell Scientific recommends using one or more of the SDM-SIO1 instead.
|To use the SDM-SIO4 with a CR10X requires a six-conductor cable instead of a five conductor cable. The extra conductor attaches to control port 6,7, or 8. The operating system must be CR10X OS version 1.4 or later.
|Although the SDM-SIO4 is technically compatible with the CR3000, Campbell Scientific recommends using one or more of the SDM-SIO1 instead.
SDMs are connected to the ports labeled SDM-C1, SDM-C2, and SDM-C3.
|SDMs are connected to the ports labeled SDM-C1, SDM-C2, and SDM-C3.
|Although the SDM-SIO4 is technically compatible with the CR800, Campbell Scientific recommends using one or more of the SDM-SIO1 instead.
|Although the SDM-SIO4 is technically compatible with the CR850, Campbell Scientific recommends using one or more of the SDM-SIO1 instead.
|SDMs connect to ports provided on the CR9080 PAM module.
|SDMs connect to ports provided on the CR9032 CPU module.
Note: Future data loggers may not support the SDM-SIO4, and therefore it is only recommended for existing networks that already contain this interface.
The SDMSIO4 Instruction controls the SDM-SIO4 operation in CRBasic. Instruction 113 controls SDM-SIO4 operation in Edlog (a Library Special PROM may be required in older data loggers).
Because of the minimal current drain (0.7 mA quiescent, 40 mA with all four ports active), the SDM-SIO4 is typically powered directly from the data logger. A supplementary power supply may be required for some applications, especially where more than one SDM is operated by a single data logger.
The SDM-SIO4 requires a desiccated, non-condensing environment; a Campbell Scientific enclosure is recommended. The SDM-SIO4's case has mounting flanges for attachment to the 1"-on-center hole grid of Campbell Scientific enclosures. Grommets and screws are provided to attach the flanges to the backplate of our enclosures.
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The battery is a CR2032 button cell lithium battery that is user replaceable. However, after the case is opened, proper ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection is required.
Use four SDM-SIO1s or a single SDM-SIO4.
Load the string to a buffer in the SDM-SIO4, and issue the command to send the string. For details, see the SDM-SIO4 Instruction Manual.
It depends. It is possible to connect serial sensors to a data logger without the use of an SDM-SIO4. However, if the sensors require hardware flow control or true RS-232 voltage levels, an SDM-SIO4 may be needed. The SDM-SIO1 also works with RS-485 signals and is a preferred alternative to the SDM-SIO4.
Not the same, but similar. The SDM-SIO4 provides RS-232 voltage levels; the CR1000 control ports provide 0 to 5 V only. Both usually work with all sensors, and both devices are compatible with RS-232 and TTL logic. The CR1000 is easier to set up and program for serial input. The SDM-SIO1 is a preferred alternative to the SDM-SIO4.
When compared to the CR10X, the CR1000 can handle strings as a specific data type. It also has more integrated serial interfaces including the following:
The serial I/O capabilities of the CR1000/CR3000 are similar to, and faster than, the SDM-SIO4 capabilities on a CR10X or CR23X. SDM devices are addressable and are connected to a data logger on C1 through C3. Therefore, one benefit of using multiple SDM devices on a CR1000 datalogger is that only three control ports are used.