The ETHERNET Powerlink (EPL) EVM Board from IXXAT enables developers of automation components to gain initial experience with EPL systems. It consists of a piggyback module which is equipped with an Altera Cyclone FPGA, an external SRAM and FLASH and 2 Ethernet slots and a carrier board, which provides the power supply, digital I/O and some display LEDs. The FPGA contains an NIOS II processor core, a standard Ethernet controller and a 2-port hub. On the NIOS II processor core, it is possible to create either a managing node (EPL master) or a controlled node (EPL slave) application. The already ported EPL protocol software together with a CANopen profile for I/O devices (DS401) which is adapted to the carrier board, is also included in the delivery and can be for further analysis purposes in the Altera IDE.In addition to analysis of EPL, it is also possible to use the EVM as a communication plug-in board in automation components, which is particularly useful for small series or prototype construction. Reference circuit diagrams are provided for later direct integration in customers designs. The EVM system can be obtained directly from IXXAT www.ixxat.deGeneral information about IXXAT Automation GmbH IXXAT Automation GmbH is a leading supplier of data communication systems for industrial automation and automotive applications. The main technologies in the field of industrial communication systems are solutions based on CAN (CANopen, DeviceNet), Ethernet (Ethernet PowerLink, Ethernet/IP) as well as TCP/IP with the associated Internet protocols. For automotive applications, IXXAT focuses on solutions based on CAN (diagnosis protocols, SAE J1939), FlexRay and LIN. The product range comprises interface boards, test systems, analysing tools and protocol software.As of December 2004, IXXAT provides work for 60 employees, predominantly engineers skilled in electronic engineering and computer science and has a certified quality assurance management according to ISO9001. Our customers are well-known companies all over the world from the industrial and automotive sectors.IXXAT supports its customers completely in the establishment and application of communication systems based on CAN and TCP/IP, from seminars and consulting, design of system solutions, development and implementation of hardware and software to the supply of a complete product line. For more information, please ask for our company introduction brochure and product catalog.
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