Industrial Ethernet Module for PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP und Powerlink

Weingarten, (PresseBox) - With the proved "Industrial Ethernet Module" from IXXAT devices can quickly and cost-efficiently be adapted to various Industrial Ethernet technologies.

Beside the already available version for Powerlink Controlled Node the module now supports PROFINET RT IO-Device, EtherCAT Slave and EtherNet/IP Adapter. Further technologies like SERCOS III and Modbus/TCP are in preparation.

The module is based on an FPGA from Altera and beside an integrated 32-bit CPU and an Ethernet Controller it comprises also the PHYs and th RJ45 jacks. Depending on the implemented Industrial Ethernet protocol, the Ethernet interface is either single routed (PROFINET, EtherNet/IP) or double routed (Powerlink, EtherCAT).

Variants with integrated 2-port switch für the usage in PROFINET and EtherNet/IP line topologies are also scheduled.

Using the disclosed programming interface to the Host-CPU (Host-API in C sourcecode) the vendor can connect his device easily using SPI or a standardised µC-Interface. The Host-API encapsulates the functions of the industrial Ethernet protocol running on the modul thus the application can be developed independant of the underlaying network. Additionally protocol specific features can also be used by the application.

With the optional available baseboard the modul can directly be connected to processor modules from Phytec (phyCORE-XC161und phyCORE-LPC2294) or Spectrum Digital (eZdsp F2812). Therewith this solutions is very suitable for rapid prototyping.

The module can also be produced with customer specific form factors. IXXAT also offers the integration of customer specific hardware and software interfaces.

Beside the direct usage of the modul, IXXAT also offers a license for the design-in to the specific form factor of the customer device.

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, Profinet, EtherCAT) 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, analyzing tools and protocol software.

As of December 2007, IXXAT provides work for 70 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. Furthermore IXXAT is able to perform safety relevant hardware and software development according to IEC61508.

For more information, please ask for our company brochure and product catalog.

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