The iPAC-8000 is a new family of compact, modular, intelligent and rugged, distributed I/O (input/output) systems, designed for data acquisition and control in manufacturing, research and education. This new exciting series offers a flexible, versatile, and economical solution to a wide range of applications. From Data-Acquisition, process control, test and measurement, to energy and building management. The iPAC-8000 is a modular network based system with the capability of connecting I/O either through it's own local bus or alternatively through I/O expansion or network extension. The unit comprises a main control unit with a range of standard communication interfaces, and an I/O bus permitting I/O expansion. The bus is hybrid in nature providing the facility to connect either serial or parallel I/O modules. The parallel bus is used for high speed data transfer. The unit can communicate either using serial communications (RS232,RS485), Ethernet, or CANbus. The Ethernet version of the product supports an integrated web server permitting Internet and Intranet applications. The iPAC-8000 can be used as an intelligent distributed data acquisition front end connected to a Host machine running a standard SCADA package, or alternatively it can be user programmed as an autonomous controller running an embedded software application. Significant non volatile memory is available for data and program storage.