SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper
The SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper is a serial and RS-232 logging module available as break-out board, with an integrated time-stamping module. It can acquire data from a single serial data source, or tap onto a bi-directional serial bus. The SerialGhost can operate as USB flash memory for easy access to logged data. It's packed with features such as dual port configuration or virtual COM port mode with data streaming and a proprietary command set.
Logs asynchronous serial transmission (RS-232 compatible)
Baud rates up to 230400 bps
Logs 2 streams simultaneously (RX and TX)
Independently selectable bit rates for both channels
Modular form-factor with terminal block connectors
Time and date stamping with millisecond granularity
Built-in battery (for real-time clock)
16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)
Operates as a USB flash drive
Virtual COM port mode with data streaming and command set
No software or drivers required, Windows, Linux, and Mac compatible
Dual power: +5V (USB) or +9V...+24V DC (terminal connector)
Integrated step-down switching power supply
USB cable included
Data logging made simple
The SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper is a modular asynchronous serial logger, capable of recording RS-232 data streams from devices like printers, GPS receivers, terminals, keyboards, mice, barcode scanners etc. Connect the device either to a single serial source, or in-line on a serial bus. Connect +5V through USB or +9V...+24V DC power through the terminal connector. The SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper will immediately start logging all data available on the bus, both upstream and downstream (RX and TX). No software or drivers are required.
To view the recorded data, the SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper may be switched to flash drive mode. Connect to a computer using a USB-B cable, short the MODE pin to GND, and the SerialGhost Module will pop up as a removable drive, containing a file with logged data. The log file will be interleaved with time and date-stamps. The flash drive may also be used to configure the device, such as baudrate, parity bits, start/stop bits, etc.
The SerialGhost family of devices has two RS-232 input ports, responsible for data acquisition from up to two sources. Both ports can share a common configuration, or may be configured independently using dual port mode. In this mode two separate settings may be used for the baud rate, number of bits, stop bits, and parity.
The SerialGhost family is packed with features, such as the capability to act as a USB removable flash drive, or USB Virtual COM port. In flash drive mode, a log file is available with all acquired data. Virtual COM port mode can be used to live-stream the captured data, or to communicate with the device using a proprietary command set.
Date and time-stamping
The built-in real-time clock will keep track of the time and date independent if the computer is turned on or not. This is possible thanks to the internal battery, with a guaranteed lifetime of over 10 years. Time and date stamps with millisecond granularity will get inserted in the log file while the logger is capturing data.