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20/30 Series Components

What is 10, 20, 30, 50, Etc. series hardware?

Generally, the 10/20/30/40/60/60/70 are used to designate generations of equipment. The first generation of I/A Series hardware was designated with the 10 and 20 Series numbers. Later additions were given newer series numbers:


AP10   - 8086 based file server running Venix/VRTX
WP10   - 8086 based diskless operator console running Venix/VRTX
CP10   - 8086/8087 based control processor running 16-bit VRTX
CmP10  - 8086 Serial Port Server
CmP15  - 8086/8087 Gateway Processor (Device Integrator)


AP20   - 80286 based AP running Venix/VRTX
WP20   - Diskless operator console using 2 8086s (not a 286) 
         running VENIX/VRTX
CBLI   - Backbone LAN interface; connected Nodebus to Carrierband;       
         286 based; changed size, but not processing over the 


WP30   - 80386 based diskless operator console running VENIX/VRTX
CP30   - 80386 with 80186 communications co-processor based CP     
         running 16-bit VRTX
DI30   - 80386 with 80186 communications co-processor based DI   
         running 16-bit VRTX


PW     - Intel 286 (later 386) running a merge of VENIX and VRTX


CP40   - 80486 class CP


AP50   - SPARC based AP running SunOS
WP50   - SPARC based WP running SunOS
AW50   - SPARC based device merging AP and WP functionality


AP51x  - SPARC based AP running Solaris
WP51x  - SPARC based WP running Solaris
AW51x  - SPARC based device merging AP and WP functionality

Several generations have occured a, b/c, d/e, f/g and two major OS versions: Solaris 1 (SunOS plus Openwindows 3) and Solaris 2 (2.5.1 and 2.8, a.k.a., Solaris 8).



CP60   - Pentium class CP with 10 Mbps Ethernet to field I/O.


WP70   - Intel based WP running various versions of Windows (3.51, 
         4, XP)
AW70   - Intel based AW running various versions of Windows (3.51, 
         4, XP)

Several generations of hardware have been used.


xCP270 - Pentium class CPs running NucleusPlus
   ZCP - Z-module form factor with 100 Mbps Ethernet to the field;  
         successor to the CP60
   FCP - DIN module form factor with IEEE 1118 bus to the field; 
         successor to the CP40 and Micro-I/A
   ATS - Pentium class Nodebus to Mesh Network device used to link  
         V8 systems to Version 4.3/6.x/7.x systems


10, 20 and 30 series hardware was sold as new in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

The WP10/20/30 were all diskless and depended on a host AP for graphics and all other files. WP10/20/30s could not support multiple (or remote) windows.

These days The Foxboro Company is selling 50 and 70 Series equipment as file servers and operator consoles.

What are the differences between each?

The main difference between 20 and 30 series equipment was the processor speed.

Is this product available anymore?

No, and you should be very thankful of this.

What are the limitations of this hardware?

This hardware does not support some of the newer blocks (not in the software image), for example, PIDA, CALCA and LOGIC blocks.

50/51 Series Components

What constitutes 50-series hardware?

50-series hardware really refers to AW, AP and WP 50 and 51 series stations.

What are the differences between 50 and 51 Series devices?

50-series hardware is Sun IPC and IPX hardware, while 51-series equipment includes 51A, B, B1, C, D, E, F and G hardware. The following matrix summarizes this nomenclature:

Foxboro          Sun hardware      CPU Speed             OS when introduced
-------          ---------------   -----------------     -----------------
WP50             SPARC IPC         25 MHz                Sun OS 4.1.3
AP50             SPARC IPX         40 MHz                Sun OS 4.1.3 

[AP,AW,WP]51A    SPARCclassic      50 MHz                Solaris 2.5.1
[AP,AW,WP]51B    SPARCstation 5    85,110,or 170 MHz     Solaris 2.5.1
[AP,AW,WP]51B    SPARCstation 4    110 MHz               Solaris 2.5.1
[AP,AW,WP]51C    SPARCstation 20   60 MHz dual procs.*   Solaris 2.5.1

[AP,AW,WP]51D    Sun Ultra 5**     270/333/360 MHz       Solaris 2.5.1
[AP,AW,WP]51E    Sun Ultra 30      248 MHz               Solaris 2.5.1
[AP,AW,WP]51E*** Sun Ultra 60****  360/450 MHz           Solaris 2.5.1

[AP,AW,WP]51F    Sun-Blade-150     550 Mhz               Solaris 5.8
[AP,AW,WP]51G    Sun-Blade-2000    900 Mhz               Solaris 5.8
[AP,AW,WP]51G    Sun-Blade-1500    1.0 Ghz               Solaris 5.8

*:    Foxboro recommends retrofitted with single hyperSPARC RISC chip
      (Kit part no. AG100TP) to fix lock-up problem.  Early kits used
      a 150mhz CPU, later ones a 180mhz one.
**:   The Sun Ultra 10 uses the same motherboard as the 51D (Sun Ultra 5)
      and has four full size PCI slots.  It is backup/restore compatible
      with the 51D.
***:  The 51E Ultra 60 was also referred to as a 51E1.
****: The Sun Enterprise 220R uses the same motherboard as the Ultra 60.
      It is a rack mount unit and is dual power supply capable, but can 
      only use PCI video cards.  It is backup/restore compatible with a 
      similarly configured Ultra 60 51E.

What are the limitations of 50 series (vs. 51) equipment?

50-series equipment runs at slower speeds and normally has less RAM (?). You cannot run multiple windows or remote displays on them.

What is going to be the migration path offered by the Foxboro Company for hardware?

The Foxboro Company has stated that they will continue to migrate their hardware several months behind Sun. They do have a "trade-in" or "buy-up" program known as the Advantage program where you can send in your old equipment and purchase new for about 50% of list price.

CPs and FBMs

What are the differences between the different types of Control Processors (CP)?

The CP10 was sold in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The CP30, then CP40 was introduced. The CP60 is now available. The CP30 and 40 known as "A"-style are no longer available and have been replaced with the CP30B and CP40B. See the following for specs on each of these.

RESOURCE               CP10      CP30/INT30      CP40      CP40B        CP60
------------------   -------     ----------   ----------   --------    --------
Block Equiv.           300        1000            2000                   4000
BE/sec                 150         300            3200                   3200
BPC=0.1 sec            120         240            2400     
FBMs wo. FBI            24          24              64         
FBMs w.  FBI            48          64              64                    120
IPC                     17          51              51                     51
omset(get)/sec           1           1               1                      1
Tot.OM Sink Lists       50          50              50
Pts/Scanner Table     1000        3000           12000
Max.Checkpt.File    150000      650000         1300000
Tot.Sta.FreeMem.    225000     1000000        22000000
Min.Dyn.FreeMem.     30000      250000          250000

What is an FBM

A Fieldbus module is the component that converts a signal from an instrument into something that the I/A DCS system can understand. There are 2 styles of FBMs. The older "Legacy" FBMs are larger, they have a "Y" form factor. They are addressed by a 6 character letterbug that is user assigned and placed in the front of the termination cable assembly. Having a unique letterbug assigned to each FBM allows them to be position independant. The newer "200 series" FBMs are smaller, and have a DIN mounted baseplate.

What are the differences between the different types of Fieldbus Modules (FBM)?

Digital-type FBMs can execute 4 different applications or software types from System Definition: DI/Do, Ladder Logic, SOE, Pulse Counters. See table for types.

--------    ---------  ---------------------------------------------
FBM01          8AI     0-20 mA Input
FBM02          8AI     TC/mV Input
FBM03          8AI     RTD Input
FBM04       4AI/4AO    0-20 mA I/O
FBM05       4AI/4AO    Redundant 0-20 mA I/O
FBM06       4PI/4AO    Pulse Input, 0-20 mA Output
FBM07         16DI     Contact/DC Input
FBM08         16DI     120 V AC Input
FBM09       8DI/8DO    Contact/DC Input/Output
FBM10       8DI/8DO    120 V AC Input/Output
FBM11       8DI/8DO    240 V AC Input/Output
FBM12         16DI     Contact/DC Input Expander (for FBM07)
FBM13         16DI     120 V AC Input Expander (for FBM08)
FBM14       8DI/8DO    Contact/DC I/O Expander (for FBM09)
FBM15       8DI/8DO    120 V AC I/O Expander (for FBM10)
FBM16       8DI/8DO    240 V AC I/O Expander (for FBM11)
FBM17       4AI/2AO &  0-10 V DC, Contact/DC/DC Input/Output
FBM18       8 Inputs   Intelligent Transmitter I/O
FBM20         16DI     240 V AC Input
FBM21         16DI     240 V AC Input Expander (for FBM20)
FBM22       1AI/1AO    Single 0-20 mA I/O with Auto/Manual
FBM23         32DI     HTG Interface Unit
FBM24         16DI     Contact/125 V DC Input - external power
FBM25         16DI     Expander for FBM24
FBM26       8DI/8DO    Contact/125 V DC I/O - ext. powered
FBM27       8DI/8DO    Expander for FBM26
FBM33          8AI     Cu RTD Input, Expanded Range
FBM36          8AI     TC/mV Input
FBM37          8AO     0-20 mA Output
FBM38       Coriolis   Coriolis Mass Flow Transmitter
FBM39       4IT/4AO    Intell Transmitter Input/0-20 mA Output
FBM41       8DI/8DO    Iso.Contact 24 V dc Input/o-60 V dc Output
FBM42       8DI/8DO    Expander for FBM42
FBM43       8 Inputs   Dual Baud Rate IT Interface
FBM44       4IT/4AO    Dual Baud Rate IT/0-20 mA Output(Redund O)
FBM46       4IT/4AO    Dual Baud Rate IT/0-20 mA Output(Red I/O)

FBM201         8AI     0-20mA Input
FBM202         8AI     TC/mV Input
FBM203         8AI     Pt, Ni, Cu RTD Input
FBM204       4AI/4AO   0-20 mA Input/Ouput
FBM205       4AI/4AO   Redundant 0-20 mA I/O
FBM206         8PI     8-channel pulse Input
FBM207        16DI     Voltage monitor Input
FBM207b       16DI     Contact Input
FBM211        16AI     16-channel differential AI Input, 4-20mA
FBM212        16AI     14-channel differential AI Input, TC
FBM213         8AI     8-channel differential RTD Input
FBM217        32DI     32-channel group isolated V monitor input
FBM224      4 Channels ModBus Gateway, can connect t 4 separate ModBus Devices
FBM237         8AO     8-channel 0-20 mA Ouput
FBM241      8DI/8DO    Redundant, V Monitor Input, DC Output
FBM241b     8DI/8DO    Redundant, V Monitor Input, DC Output
FBM241c     8DI/8DO    Redundant, Contact Input, DC Output
FBM241d     8DI/8DO    Redundant, Contact Input, DC Output
FBM242        16DO     16-channel, DC Output
FBM243      8 Inputs   Intelligent Transmitter I/O

FBC01         32AI     0-20 mA Input
FBC02         32AI     TC Input
FBC04         16AO     0-20 mA Output
FBC07         32DI     Contact/DC Input
FBC09         32DO     Contact/DC Output
FBC10       32DI/32DO  Contact/DC Input/Output
FBC17         32AI     0-10 V DC Input
FBC21         16AI     0-20 mA Input

What is the difference between standard and Intelligent FBMs?

The difference between standard and Intelligent FBMs is...
A standard FBM takes an analog input signal such as 4-20ma, 0-10v, -8-70mv. You must match the FBM type to the type of analog signal that you are generating at the field device. For example FBM01 for 4-20ma, FBM02 for TCmv, FBM03 for RTDohms, etc. This analog value is converted with a 16 bit A/D converter in the FBM to generate raw counts. These raw counts are then scaled using the SCI parameter of an analog input block (ie AIN). 
An intellegent FBM receives the data as a scaled number such as 76, 4.5, 3000.75. The transmitter is responsible for getting the measurement into a digital signal and transmitting it to the FBM using the FoxCom (proprietary) communication protocal. These numbers are typically not scaled and the scaling parameter is not used (SCI=0).

Does an Intelligent FBM work with all types of transmitters?

No, you have to use a Foxboro Intelligent Transmitter with a Foxboro Intelligent FBM. Below is a list of the Intelligent FBM's available:


What are the different station types and their operating system and image files?

Station types are referenced in the /usr/fox/sp/hldb file. Station types are defined in System Definition. Operating system image files and map files are in /usr/fox/sp/files. The OS and MAP files are handy when using the DBVU tool to examine the checkpoint file. The following table (some items missing) summarizes the relationship:
Abbrev      Description                         TYPE    OS       MAP
----------  ---------------------------------   -----   ------   --------------
AB_PRO      A-B Station                         204     OS1AB4   OS1AB4.map
AB30        A-B Integrator 30                   2003    OS1AB3   abgw30_3.map
AB30B       A-B Integ 30 Style B                2005    OS1A3B   abgw3b_3.map
ABDH        AB Data Highway Gateway             2001    OS1ADH   OS1DH.mp2
ABDH-R      AB DH Redundant Gateway             2002    OS1ADR   OS1DR.mp2
AP10        Applic Proc 10                      301            
AP20        Applic Proc 20                      303            
AP50        Applic Proc 50                      304            
AP51        Applic Proc 51series                308     OS6FS1        
AW50        Applic Wrksta 50                    306            
AW51        Applic Wrksta 51 series             309     OS6AW1        
AW51BX      Applic Wrksta 51 series w/Cntl      206            
AW51Scada   Redundant Fox2068                   C007            
AW70        Applic Wrksta 70 (NT or XP)         C002    OS7AW1        
AW70CP      Applic Wrksta 70 (NT or XP) w/Cntl  207            
COMM10      Comm Processor 10                   101     OS1CS    OS1CS.mp2
CP          Ctrl Processor 10                   201     OS1UC    OS1UC.mp2
CP30        Ctrl Processor 30                   203     OS1C30   OS1C30.map
CP30B       Ctrl Proc 30 Style B                20B     OS1C3B   OS1C3B.map
CP40        Ctrl Processor 40                   205     OS1C40   OS1C40.map
CP40B       Ctrl Proc 40 Style B                20C     OS1C4B   OS1C4B.map
CP60        Ctrl Processor 60                   C101    OS1C60   OS1C60.map
    for DBVU where FCM or DCM are used, bpatch to FBI10E in checkpoint file
DP          Display Panel                       7001    OS1DCT        
FD30        Device Integrator 30                5002    OS1FD3        
FD30B       Device Integrator 30B               5003    OS1FDB        
FDG         Foreign Device Gateway              5001    OS1FDG        
IG          Instrument Gateway                  4002    OS1IG    OS1IG.mp2
INI10       Info Netwrk Interface 10            6001    OS1IN1        
INI15       Info Netwrk Interface 15            6002    OS1IN2        
IS30        Interspec Integrator 30             A001    OS1IS3   isgw30_3.map
IS30B       Inters Integ 30 Style B             A002    OS1I3B   isgw3b_3.map
LI          C LAN Interface (SZLI or DZLI)      601     OS1LI    OS1LI.mp2
MG30        Modbus Integrator 30                3002    OS1MG3   mggw30_3.map
MG30B       Modbus Integ 30 Style B             3005    OS1M3B   mggw3b_3.map
MG31        Modbus Plus Integrator              3003    OS1MG4   OS1MG4.map
MG31-R      Modbus Plus Int Redundnt            3004    OS1MG5   OS1MG5.map
MODG        Modicon Gateway                     3001    OS1MG    OS1MG.mp2
OMC01       Micro I/A Type 1                    209     OS1MC1   OS1MC1.map
OMC02       Micro I/A OMC Modular (Type 2)      20A            
PW          PW (PC)                             1001            
SIP         Spectrum I/F Processor              9001    OS1SIP        
SIP-R       Spectrum I/F Processor,R            9002    OS1SIR        
SSG         Spect Slave Gateway                 501     OS1FSG        
TACM        Triconex ACM (FoxGuard)             C001    OS1ACM   OS1ACM.map
                                                   for DBVU use DBVUACM.map      
TP          Tank Processor                      8001    OS1HTG        
WP10        Wrksta Processor 10                 402               
WP20        Wrksta Processor 20                 403                
WP25        WP20 - Japanized                    404                
WP30        Wrksta Processor 30                 405                
WP50        Wrksta Processor 50                 406                
WP51        Wrksta Processor 51 series          409     OS6GC1        
WP70        Wrksta Processor 70 (NT or XP)      40A     OS7GC1