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'''Eurocard''' is a European standard format for [[PCB]]s, which can be plugged into a standardized subrack. The subrack consists of a series of slotted card guides on the top and bottom, into which the cards are slid so they stand on end, like books on a shelf. At the "back" of each card are one or more [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIN_41612 DIN 41612 connectors], which plug into mating connectors on a [[backplane]] in the rear of the subrack.<ref name="wie">[http://www.peakservo.com/products/what-is-a-eurocard/ What is a Eurocard?]</ref>  
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[[File:IMS001b.jpg|thumb|right|300px|The 1979 Philips IMS 2650 Eurocard computer system.]]'''Eurocard''' is a European standard format for [[PCB]]s, which can be plugged into a standardized subrack. The subrack consists of a series of slotted card guides on the top and bottom, into which the cards are slid so they stand on end, like books on a shelf. At the "back" of each card are one or more [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIN_41612 DIN 41612 connectors], which plug into mating connectors on a [[backplane]] in the rear of the subrack.<ref name="wie">[http://www.peakservo.com/products/what-is-a-eurocard/ What is a Eurocard?]</ref>  
  
 
The format does not define specific connectors to be used nor the signals that are assigned to connector contacts.<ref name="wie" />
 
The format does not define specific connectors to be used nor the signals that are assigned to connector contacts.<ref name="wie" />
  
The format is in widespread use in many industries,<ref name="wie" /> and is also the basis of the [[Eurorack]] format for modular synthesizers, popularized by [[Doepfer]] and other manufacturers.
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The format is in widespread use in many industries,<ref name="wie" />.
  
 
== Dimensions ==
 
== Dimensions ==
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A single size eurocard is 100&nbsp;mm x 160&nbsp;mm (3U) and double size eurocard is 233.35mm x 160&nbsp;mm (6U).<ref name="wie" /> The extra 33.35mm allows two 3U Eurocards to be supported properly next to one 6U high, with the width taken up by a card guide between the two 3U cards.
 
A single size eurocard is 100&nbsp;mm x 160&nbsp;mm (3U) and double size eurocard is 233.35mm x 160&nbsp;mm (6U).<ref name="wie" /> The extra 33.35mm allows two 3U Eurocards to be supported properly next to one 6U high, with the width taken up by a card guide between the two 3U cards.
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EuroCard uses 2.5mm mounting screws.
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== As the basis of the Eurorack format ==
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[[File:Acorn System 3.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_Eurocard_systems Acorn Computers' Eurocard modular microcomputer system] based on rack-mounted Eurocards.]]
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In the late 1970s before [[Eurorack]], there were a few synthesizer systems based on the industrial Eurocard frames:
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* [[Elektor Formant]] - 3u or 6u x 7HP, 3.5mm jacks, 31 pin bus, +/-15v
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* [[BME PM10]] and [[BME Axiom|Axiom]] - 3u x 8HP, phono/rca jacks, 31 pin bus, +/-15v
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* [[Synton 3000]] - 3u x 8HP, 4mm [[connectors|banana jacks]], +/-15v, similar format but constructed more like a modern Eurorack synth.
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By the late 1980s, these had all ceased production.
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[[Dieter Döpfer]] built some Formant modules before producing his own systems. His polyphonic non-patchable Voice Modular System (VMS) from the early 1980s was a Eurocard based modular synth.<ref>[https://www.soundonsound.com/people/modular-profile-dieter-doepfer Modular Profile: Dieter Doepfer - The Father Of Eurorack] by Paul Nagle, SOS, April 2017</ref><ref>[https://www.matrixsynth.com/2015/03/vintage-doepfer-vms-voice-modular.html Vintage Doepfer VMS - Voice Modular System for Auction], Matrixsynth 27 March 2015</ref>
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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== References ==
 
== References ==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
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== External links ==
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocard_(printed_circuit_board) Eurocard] article on Wikipedia
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocard_(printed_circuit_board) Eurocard] article on Wikipedia
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[[Category:PCB]]
 
[[Category:PCB]]

Latest revision as of 17:07, 6 November 2018

The 1979 Philips IMS 2650 Eurocard computer system.

Eurocard is a European standard format for PCBs, which can be plugged into a standardized subrack. The subrack consists of a series of slotted card guides on the top and bottom, into which the cards are slid so they stand on end, like books on a shelf. At the "back" of each card are one or more DIN 41612 connectors, which plug into mating connectors on a backplane in the rear of the subrack.[1]

The format does not define specific connectors to be used nor the signals that are assigned to connector contacts.[1]

The format is in widespread use in many industries,[1].

Dimensions

The Eurocard height is specified in U (for rack unit), with 1 U being 1.75 inches. In practice heights are commonly 3U or 6U.[1]

Eurocards come in depths that start at 100 mm and then increase in 60 mm increments. The 160 millimetres depth is the most common today, followed by 220 mm. However standard hardware is available to accommodate depths from 100 mm to 400 mm.[1]

A single size eurocard is 100 mm x 160 mm (3U) and double size eurocard is 233.35mm x 160 mm (6U).[1] The extra 33.35mm allows two 3U Eurocards to be supported properly next to one 6U high, with the width taken up by a card guide between the two 3U cards.

EuroCard uses 2.5mm mounting screws.

As the basis of the Eurorack format

In the late 1970s before Eurorack, there were a few synthesizer systems based on the industrial Eurocard frames:

By the late 1980s, these had all ceased production.

Dieter Döpfer built some Formant modules before producing his own systems. His polyphonic non-patchable Voice Modular System (VMS) from the early 1980s was a Eurocard based modular synth.[2][3]

See also

Panels

References

External links