Innovasic adds EtherCAT to fido5200 REM Switch chip

  • April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 - Innovasic adds EtherCAT to fido5200 REM Switch chip and the RapID Platform Network Interface solution. 

The fido5200 REM Switch chip is configured via software driver as an EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC) that supports cycle times down to 12.5µs.  The RapID Platform – EtherCAT Network Interface is delivered as a module or embedded design that supports cycle times down to 250µs.  Both products are certified to the latest version of the EtherCAT Conformance Test Tool.

The fido5200 REM Switch chip provides 8 SyncManager entities, 8 FMMU entities, and resources to utilize Distributed Clocks.  The Network Interface makes use of these features to support the Modular Device Profile (MDP).  MDP allows easy definition of I/O modules to represent the size and type of process data for an application.  In this way, the Network Interface is easily customized to represent all of the data an application produces or consumes via EtherCAT.  In addition, all of the parameters defined in an MDP profile are available for access via the CAN over Ethernet (CoE) mailbox protocol, adding flexibility to the end product.  The Network Interface also provides an embedded webserver so users can view network parameters and I/O data via customizable webserver content using the Ethernet over EtherCAT (EoE) mailbox protocol.

“EtherCAT is a particularly challenging Industrial Ethernet protocol to implement in a multi-protocol Ethernet device”, says David Alsup, Innovasic’s Chief System Architect.  “However, the fido5200 REM Switch chip not only meets this challenge, it exceeds the performance of any other standalone EtherCAT slave controller by also supporting other time-critical protocols like PROFINET IRT and SERCOS III.”

About Innovasic, Inc.

Innovasic provides extended life semiconductor solutions for customers who have products with long life-cycles.  The company’s processors, communication controllers and mixed signal devices are key components in industrial automation equipment, transportation systems, instrumentation, and medical devices.  Innovasic’s newest solutions enable customers to quickly integrate real-time Industrial Ethernet into their products at the highest performance and the lowest cost.  Extending the life of its customers’ products has established Innovasic as a trusted partner and an approved supplier to leading electronic system manufacturers worldwide.

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