PC requirements

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What are the minimum requirements for a PC to run Sundance Systems?

1. Hardware requirements

1.1 133MHz Pentium with 32MB of RAM Users will obviously experience better responsiveness from a faster PC than the minimum, particularly with the more recent operating systems. Indeed, Windows XP requires at least a 233MHz Pentium and 64MB RAM. See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/evaluation/sysreqs.asp for details. However, for the purposes of the Sundance software itself, a machine fitting the description above will suffice.

1.2 3.3v supply present on PCI bus. Note: The 3.3V supply is optional in the 5V version of the PCI bus, so motherboard manufacturers are not obliged to provide this supply, though most do. As a result, some motherboards do not implement a 3.3v supply on 5v PCI sockets, and Sundance PCI TIM carriers cannot operate on these motherboards.

1.3 Physical Space Due to the size of TIMs and the need to fit them as densely as possible, some PCI TIM carriers (e.g. the SMT310Q http://www.sundance.com/web/files/productpage.asp?STRFilter=SMT310Q) are over-sized compared to the PCI specification. They need at least 125mm clearance above the PC motherboard to fit inside the case with the lid closed. The PC's lid should be closed when in use to allow its cooling airflow to operate properly.

2. Operating environment Either Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT4 SP6, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro. Note: Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Windows 98 (first edition) are not supported although they may work. Sundance recommends an NT-based operating system for better stability and real-time performance, i.e. Windows NT SP6, Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home / Pro.

Hard disk space required depends on the software installed and the options selected. As a guide: Host software requires up to 50MB. SMT6500 FPGA board installation requires up to 100MB. SMT6600 ADC/DAC board installation requires up to 100MB.


Additional Information Sundance supplies a range of high quality purpose-designed PCs, available in desktop and portable configurations, which meet all the requirements of our hardware and software. If ordered with other Sundance products, they are shipped with the hardware and software fully installed and tested, avoiding the risk of wasted time due to incompatibilities or mis-configured software. For details go here, or contact sundance.