IXXAT Introduces ETHERNET Powerlink Interfaces for PCI and cPCI Systems

  • December 02, 2005
  • Ixxat, Inc.
  • News
IXXAT is the first vendor worldwide to offer a PCI and cPCI card for ETHERNET Powerlink. The cards can be operated as a managing node (MN) and a controlled node (CN) and among other things enable simple implementation of real-time-compatible PC-based PLC applications for ETHERNET Powerlink. The cards also serve as a platform for PC-based analysis and test systems. The ETHERNET Powerlink functionality is completely implemented on the interfaces, the reference data of the PC application (e.g. Windows with real-time extension) being provided via a process map. Connection to VxWorks or other operating systems is also possible. They have fast response times in both MN and CN mode (< 2µs) and a very low SoC jitter. With regard to process data, the EPL interface cards are able to process even large quantities of data from systems with more than 100 CNs. The cards have four RJ45 ports and can therefore be used as an MN or CN with a 4-port hub, as a 2x2-channel CN or as an MN/CN.In addition, the cards can be operated together with the EPL configuration program. The scope of supply includes a driver for Windows 2000/XP and an API (programming interface). Adaptation to other operating systems (e.g. VxWorks) is possible and is implemented by IXXAT on request.Further information on this and other ETHERNET Powerlink products is available at www.ixxat.de.General 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 February 2005, 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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