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The ICP6000X is a programmable serial data communications processor board that links legacy and specialty protocol networks to VME-based computers.

The ICP6000X functions as a front end processor for real-time, mission-critical applications and off-loads high-speed data communications tasks which otherwise consume host processor capacity. The programmability and flexibility of the ICP6000X ensures that it can adapt as connectivity requirements change with the addition of protocols, clients, or devices.

Wide Variety of Protocols
Over 100 different legacy and specialty protocols are available for use with the ICP600X. With more than 25 years experience in WAN protocol development, Simpact and Protogate have built the industry's most extensive library of legacy and specialty protocols, and Protogate is a leading supplier of network-level and link layer protocols such as X.25, HDLC, Bisync, Async, SCADA protocols, financial market protocols, and a wide variety of tactical, military, and radar protocols.

Designed for Performance
The ICP6000X enhances system performance by off-loading CPU-intensive communications protocol processing and associated interrupts from the host processor. Up to 16 serial ports can be programmed to support different line speeds. On-board DRAM provides ample storage for protocol data buffering. On-board data buffering is useful for applications involving data segmentation, bursts of data, or host processing delays. The ICP6000X performs data transfers to and from its host by acting as a VMEbus master.


ICP6000X Specifications
ICP6000X Manuals

Industry's Largest Selection of Protocols
Protogate supports more than 100 WAN protocols, including X.25, HDLC, BSC, Mode I (AUTODIN) and Mode II (AUTODIN), ADCCP, TADIL, SCADA, and many other protocols used by financial data services, airlines, utilities, transportation industries, the government and the military.


The ICP6000X is programmable for bit-synchronous, byte-synchronous, and asynchronous protocols to provide real-time support for data communications. Protocol software is downloaded to on-board DRAM, ensuring easy system support and field upgrades.

Multiple High-Throughput Connections
Providing up to 16 full-duplex, serial interfaces on a single VME board, the ICP6000X is the ideal choice for applications requiring multiple, high-throughput connections. Each line is independently configurable for different characteristics such as line speed, modem control, and clock source.

The ICP6000X features a Motorola 32-bit processor and a dual-bus architecture for optimal throughput. The processor and 32 DMA channels provide full-duplex support between on-board memory and the communications ports.

Using the ICP6000X
The ICP6000X installs into the industry standard VMEbus. Protogate provides installation software, a variety of device drivers, and protocol software. Sixty-four Kbytes of EPROM contain the download boot program, extensive self-test diagnostics, and an enhanced on-line debugger. A separate EIA-232 port provides a local console interface for debugging control of the ICP6000X during program development and integration testing.

Toolkit Support
Protogate offers a Protocol Toolkit to support development and integration of private or custom protocols. This toolkit provides everything needed to port custom protocols to the ICP6000X.

Features and Benefits

  • Links legacy and specialty networks to VME-based computers
  • Improves performance by off-loading protocol communications tasks from the host processor
  • Supports the industry's most extensive library of WAN protocols
  • Provides up to 16 independently programmable serial ports on a single board
  • Achieves high data rates with Motorola-based CPU, 1 MB DRAM, dual-bus architecture, and full-duplex DMA support
  • Allows development of custom protocols with an optional protocol toolkit


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