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PCI-8516 Specifications

    Last Modified: December 11, 2018

    This document lists specifications for the PCI-8516 2-port LIN interface device.


    Warranted specifications describe the performance of a model under stated operating conditions and are covered by the model warranty.

    Characteristics describe values that are relevant to the use of the model under stated operating conditions but are not covered by the model warranty.

    • Typical specifications describe the performance met by a majority of models.
    • Nominal specifications describe an attribute that is based on design, conformance testing, or supplemental testing.

    Specifications are Typical unless otherwise noted.


    Specifications are typical at 0 °C to 55 °C unless otherwise noted.

    Power Requirements

    +3.3 VDC (±5%)

    940 mA


    Dimensions and Weight


    10.67 cm x 16.76 cm (4.2 in. x 6.6 in.)


    102 g (3.6 oz.)

    RTSI/Front Panel Sync Connectors

    Trigger lines

    7 input/output

    Clock lines

    1 input/output

    I/O compatibility


    Power-on state

    Input (High-Z)


    Rising edge triggers

    Physical Characteristics

    LIN Physical Layer

    2-port LIN interface device


    ATMEL ATA6620 or ATA6625

    Max baud rate

    20 kbps

    Min baud rate

    2.4 kbps

    Bus Power Required

    +8 V to +18 V


    Operating Environment

    Ambient temperature

    0 °C to 55 °C

    Relative humidity

    10% to 90% RH, noncondensing

    Maximum altitude

    2,000 m (800 mbar) at 25 °C ambient temperature

    Indoor use only.

    Storage Environment

    Ambient temperature

    -20 to 70 °C (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-1 and IEC-60068-2-2.)

    Relative humidity

    5 to 95% RH, noncondensing (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-56.)

    Pollution Degree (IEC 60664)


    Isolation Voltages

    Port-to-port ground


    500 Vrms verified by a 5 s dielectric withstand test


    60 VDC, Measurement Category I

    Port-to-earth ground


    500 Vrms verified by a 5 s dielectric withstand test


    60 VDC, Measurement Category I


    This isolation is intended to prevent ground loops.

    Measurement Category I is for measurement performed on circuits not directly connected to the electrical distribution system referred to as MAINS voltage. MAINS is a hazardous live electrical supply system that powers equipment. This category is for measurements of voltages from specially protected secondary circuits. Such voltage measurements include signal levels, special equipment, limited-energy parts of equipment, circuits powered by regulated low-voltage sources, and electronics.


    Do not connect the PCI-8516 to signals or use for measurements within Measurement Categories II, III, or IV.


    Ne connectez pas le PCI-8516 à des signaux et ne l'utilisez pas pour effectuer des mesures dans les catégories de mesure II, III ou IV.


    Measurement Categories CAT I and CAT O (Other) are equivalent. These test and measurement circuits are not intended for direct connection to the MAINs building installations of Measurement Categories CAT II, CAT III, and CAT IV.

    Safety Compliance Standards

    This device is designed to meet the requirements of the following electrical equipment safety standards for measurement, control, and laboratory use:

    • IEC 61010-1, EN 61010-1
    • UL 61010-1, CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1

    For UL and other safety certifications, refer to the device label or the Product Certifications and Declarations section.

    Electromagnetic Compatibility

    This product meets the requirements of the following EMC standards for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use:

    • EN 61326-1 (IEC 61326-1): Class A emissions; Basic immunity
    • EN 55011 (CISPR 11): Group 1, Class A emissions
    • EN 55022 (CISPR 22): Class A emissions
    • EN 55024 (CISPR 24): Immunity
    • AS/NZS CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A emissions
    • AS/NZS CISPR 22: Class A emissions
    • FCC 47 CFR Part 15B: Class A emissions
    • ICES-001: Class A emissions

    Group 1 equipment (per CISPR 11) is any industrial, scientific, or medical equipment that does not intentionally generate radio frequency energy for the treatment of material or inspection/analysis purposes.


    In the United States (per FCC 47 CFR), Class A equipment is intended for use in commercial, light-industrial, and heavy-industrial locations. In Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (per CISPR 11) Class A equipment is intended for use only in heavy-industrial locations.


    For EMC declarations and certifications, and additional information, refer to the Product Certifications and Declarations section.

    CE Compliance

    This product meets the essential requirements of applicable European Directives, as follows:

    • 2014/35/EU; Low-Voltage Directive (safety)
    • 2014/30/EU; Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

    Product Certifications and Declarations

    Refer to the product Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for additional regulatory compliance information. To obtain product certifications and the DoC for NI products, visit, search by model number or product line, and click the appropriate link in the Certification column.

    Environmental Management

    NI is committed to designing and manufacturing products in an environmentally responsible manner. NI recognizes that eliminating certain hazardous substances from our products is beneficial to the environment and to NI customers.

    For additional environmental information, refer to the Minimize Our Environmental Impact web page at This page contains the environmental regulations and directives with which NI complies, as well as other environmental information not included in this document.

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

    EU Customers  

    At the end of the product life cycle, all NI products must be disposed of according to local laws and regulations. For more information about how to recycle NI products in your region, visit



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    • 1 PCI-8516 revision F and later uses the ATA6625 LIN transceiver; previous hardware revisions use the ATA6620 LIN transceiver. To identify your PCI/PXI NI-XNET hardware revision, refer to the 19xxxx<rev>–4xL text on the green label in the top left corner on the secondary side of the board; <rev> indicates the hardware revision.

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