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2.11 - DB37

DB37 Overview

This high-density connector provides access to the U6 features that are not available on the screw terminal edge of the unit.  It brings out analog inputs (AIN), analog outputs (DAC), digital I/O (FIO), and other signals. Some signals appear on both the DB37 connector and screw terminals, so care must be taken to avoid a short circuit.

Some signals appear on both the DB37 connector and screw terminals, so care must be taken to avoid contention.  For such signals, only connect to one location, not both.  Signals duplicated on the T7 screw terminals and the DB37 are denoted in bold.

Pinout

Table 2.11-1. DB37 Connector Pinouts

DB37 Pinouts             
1 GND   14 AIN9   27 Vs
2 PIN2 (200uA)   15 AIN7   28 Vm+
3 FIO6   16 AIN5   29 DAC1
4 FIO4   17 AIN3   30 GND
5 FIO2   18 AIN1   31 AIN12
6 FIO0   19 GND   32 AIN10
7 MIO1/CIO1   20 PIN20 (10uA)   33 AIN8
8 GND   21 FIO7   34 AIN6
9 Vm-   22 FIO5   35 AIN4
10 GND   23 FIO3   36 AIN2
11 DAC0   24 FIO1   37 AIN0
12 AIN13   25 MIO0/CIO0      
13 AIN11   26 MIO2/CIO2      

Figure 2.11-2. standard DB37 pin numbers looking into the female connector on the U6.

 

VS, GND, FIO/MIO, AIN, DAC, 200UA/10UA

Descriptions of these can be found in their related sections of this datasheet.

VM+/VM-

Vm+/Vm- are bipolar power supplies intended to power external multiplexer ICs such as the DG408 from Intersil. The multiplexers can only pass signals within their power supply range, so Vm+/Vm- can be used to pass bipolar signals. Nominal voltage is ±13 volts at no load and ±12 volts at 2.5 mA. Both lines have a 100 ohm source impedance, and are designed to provide 2.5 mA or less. This is the same voltage supply used internally by the U6 to bias the analog input amplifier and multiplexers. If this supply is loaded more than 2.5 mA, the voltage can droop to the point that the maximum analog input range is reduced. If this supply is severely overloaded (e.g. short circuited), then damage could eventually occur. If Vm+/Vm- are used to power multiplexers, series diodes are recommended as shown in Figure 9 of the Intersil DG408 datasheet. Not so much to protect the mux chips, but to prevent current from going back into Vm+/Vm-. Use Schottky diodes to minimize voltage drop.

Duplicated Input Terminals (AIN0-AIN3 & FIO0-FIO3)

AIN0-AIN3 & FIO0-FIO3 appear on the built-in screw-terminals and also on the DB37 connector.  You should only connect to one or the other, not both at the same time.

To prevent damage due to accidental short circuit, both connection paths have their own series resistor.  All FIO lines have a 470 ohm series resistor (that is included in the 550 ohm total impedance), and in the case of FIO0-FIO3 the duplicated connections each have their own series resistor, so if you measure the resistance between the duplicate terminals you will see about 940 ohms.  All AIN lines have a 2.2k series resistor, and in the case of AIN0-AIN3 the duplicated connections each have their own series resistor, so if you measure the resistance between the duplicate terminals you will see about 4.4k.

CB37 Terminal Board

The CB37 terminal board from LabJack connects to the DB37 connector and provides convenient screw terminal access to all lines. The CB37 is designed to connect directly to the DB37, but can also connect via a 37-line 1:1 male-female cable.

When using the analog connections on the CB37, the effect of ground currents should be considered, particularly when a cable is used and substantial current is sourced/sunk through the CB37 terminals.  When any sizeable cable lengths are involved, a good practice is to separate current carrying ground from ADC reference ground. An easy way to do this on the CB37 is to use GND as the current source/sink, and use AGND as the reference ground. This works well for passive sensors (no power supply), such as a thermocouple, where the only ground current is the return of the input bias current of the analog input.

EB37 Experiment Board

The EB37 experiment board connects to the DB37 connector and provides convenient screw terminal access. Also provided is a solderless breadboard and useful power supplies. The EB37 is designed to connect directly to the DB37, but can also connect via a 37-line 1:1 male-female cable.

OEM

The OEM U6 has a separate header location to bring out the same connections as the DB37 connector. This OEM header location is labeled J3. The J3 holes are always present, but are obstructed when the DB37 connector is installed. For more information see Section 2.13.

 

2 comments

I was curious if all the GND lines are common grounds.

Yes, all GND terminals are the same thing and all connect to the same ground plane.  Also see Section 2.3 about GND.

Note that the CB37 Terminal Board keeps pin 30 separate from the other 4 ground pins (pins 1, 8, 10, and 19).  At the LabJack they all get connected to the same ground plane, but before that they are kept separate and pin 30 is called AGND.