[EMS Discuss] Help with identifying a cable and connection

Tue May 21 19:56:37 PDT 2013

Yes, Bob you are right, very few of the pins are connected.

No, half of the pins are not shorted together on the bottom of the board.

The device is for running a bunch of mosfets to turn on and off
electro-magnets, i cannot say much more than that...

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM, Bob Miller <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> I can't be sure from the photos, but it looks like not all the pins
> are connected.  It used to be common to have signals on all the odd
> pins of an IDC connector and ground all the even pins (or vice versa).
>  The even pins are in one row and the odd are in the other row.
> Your device might be like that, and intended to hook up to a PC's 25
> pin parallel port.
> Or it might be something completely different.  Tom's SCSI hypothesis
> is also good.  (Though I thought the terminating resistors were only
> used on the last device in the SCSI chain.)
> What is the device?  Are half of the pins shorted together on the
> underside of the board?
> On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM, Cord Slatton <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
> > Hi All!
> >
> > I am working on a project and need help identifying a cable type and
> > deciding how to interface it with my computer. I have attached pictures
> of
> > the cable and connection to the board.
> >
> > From counting I have determined it is 50 pin, from my googling I have
> > determined that I think it is an IDC cable, not exactly sure where that
> > leaves me...basically I need to be able to plug this into my computer and
> > run a program called Labview that can interface with devices like the
> one I
> > am working on...
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
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