MArk VI control System VME Rack Power Supply


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VME Rack Power Supply for MArk VI control system gives +5V, +12V, +28V, +15. Can anyone tell the purpose and usage of all these voltage levels?
Most of the VME cards and many of the I/O terminal boards requires 28 VDC for operation. Microprocessors (of which there are many), RAM, and other components (operational amplifiers; analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters; etc.) require +5 VDC and +12 VDC and +15 VDC for proper operation.

Very similar to the power supply in the computer you typed this posting on; it converts a mains voltage to various DC voltage levels for use by the motherboard, microprocessor and drives and LEDs and such to function properly. Most electronic devices today (and the Mark VI is no different from many electronic devices at the component level) function on low-voltage DC power.

I would suggest you refer to GE document #6421 under the section for the VME power supply. The manual does a reasonable but not fantastic job of explaining where each power supply voltage is distributed. It does not exactly tell the purpose of each voltage. All voltage levels are available to all cards in the rack, but some cards use them and some don't. It does document the placement of the multiple P28v supplies since there are several. I hope this information helps you.
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