HMS releases INpact Ethernet interface card

  • March 04, 2015
  • HMS Industrial Networks Inc
HMS releases INpact Ethernet interface card
HMS releases INpact Ethernet interface card

March 4, 2015 - HMS Industrial Networks releases IXXAT INpact Ethernet interface card that lets PCs connect to EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, PROFINET IRT/RT, Powerlink and standard TCP/IP.

The PCIe card has multi-protocol support for numerous industrial Ethernet standards and a uniform protocol and card-spanning application programming interface. Through the uniform driver concept, the customer can switch between protocols quickly and without extensive programming and also profit from future protocol extensions and developments.

The network solution inside IXXAT INpact is based on the Anybus CompactCom technology. Used in combination with a flexible FPGA-based PCIe bus connection, the Anybus NP40 network processor has all functions required to process the communication between the Industrial Ethernet network and the PC-based customer application. With low latency times and a deterministic real-time behavior, it is perfect for demanding industrial applications. Furthermore, the 2-port Ethernet interface (10/100 Mbit, RJ45s), supports protocol specific switch functions – such as IRT for PROFINET, DLR for EtherNet/IP and Hub for Powerlink.

The Common Ethernet flash-update feature enables the user to download any industrial Ethernet protocol without switching cards in a quick and cost-efficient manner, which makes the IXXAT INpact a future-proof and adaptable interface for all types of applications.

Thanks to the NP40 multi-protocol processor, the FPGA-based concept and the uniform driver interface, the IXXAT INpact is suitable for numerous applications – ranging from HMI systems to process visualization and service tools up to measurement, analysis and test systems.

The IXXAT INpact comes with a comprehensive driver package for Windows, enabling simple and rapid development of customer-specific applications. Thanks to the uniform application programming interface, it is possible to switch between industrial Ethernet protocols without changing the customer software, which leads to increased flexibility and a reduction in terms of development costs.

A driver for Linux is in the roadmap and real-time operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX are supported upon request.

HMS Industrial Networks HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for connecting automation devices and systems to industrialnetworks under the Netbiter, Anybus and IXXAT brands. Development and manufacturing take place at the headquarters in Halmstad, Sweden and in Weingarten, Germany. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, UK, and USA. HMS employs over 350 people and reported sales of 57 million EUR in 2013. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.

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