- December 04, 2013
December 4, 2013 - A-solution announces DIAdem EtherCAT Driver. Based on EtherCAT—the fast industrial Ethernet standard—the driver provides a real-time connection between the software package DIAdem by National Instruments and diverse EtherCAT hardware devices for measurement, control and analysis. The foundation of the driver is the EtherCAT Master by Kithara Software. This allows simultaneous data acquisition and output with a cyclic process data exchange in the two-digit kilohertz range in DIAdem for the first time. The Kithara EtherCAT Master supports standard Ethernet controllers, so no special PC hardware is required and any PC design (e.g. notebooks) can be used with the driver. The network interface switches automatically between Ethernet and EtherCAT. By means of a bus-scan function, the EtherCAT topology is being automatically recognized and can be selected in DIAdem. The driver supports all I/O modules of the C-Series that are available for the EtherCAT slave chassis 9144 of National Instruments. It allows the easy setting of all relevant hardware parameters directly from DIAdem. The DIAdem EtherCAT Driver supports all current Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1 (with 32 or 64 bits).