PRLog - Jun. 8, 2010 - GRANADA HILLS, Calif. -- J-Works. Inc has start shipping the WDT205 series of USB 2.0 internal mount watch dog timer (WDT) modules .Computer hardware devices or programs may lockup. To reduce the risk and possible damage a lockup can cause, there is two possible methods (1) redundancy (2) watchdog timer. Neither method offer 100% protection, but both reduce risk or consequences of failure. Redundancy, a duplication of hardware is very expensive.
The WDT205 watchdog timer, a solution that plugs into an internal USB port meeting the Intel Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide for a USB port. The host computer or application must communicate with the WDT205 by sending a message over the USB port. If the communication does not occur within a programmed time frame, the WDT205 will trigger a relay to close for a programmable amount of time. This relay event can be used to trigger a warning device, turn off critical hardware or perform a system reset. Software interface includes a windows driver and a DLL or Class Library API. Linux support disk is also available. Complete product specifications available at web site www.j-works.com. Single unit price for the watchdog timer (WDT) module starts at $29. Delivery is from stock. J-Works, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of a complete
line of USB based industrial controls and test instrumentation that supports innovative solutions for the test and control marketplace.
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J-Works, Inc was founded in 1996 developing Industrial Controls Products, in 2002 it introduced it's first USB based Industrial control product. Since then it has continued to expand it's USB product offering and manufacturing. Its full line of USB based Control Product include Relay. DPDT, SPDT, Temperature, I/O, Digital, Counter, WDT, Encoder, USB Switch, Analog, Opto IO, Monitor, DIO, ADC, DAC, USB Measurement and Control Products.