The IXXAT INpact PCIe and PCIe-Mini boards enable easy connection of PC-based, embedded or mobile slave applications to fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet systems. The boards are available for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Powerlink and Modbus-TCP. Typical use cases are the coupling of devices/subsystems with higher-level networks, the visualization of process data in control rooms or machines, implementation of a flexible gateway solutions as well as the data acquisition in test stands, test systems or service tools.
The multi-network capability of the INpact is based on the proven Anybus CompactCom technology from HMS – used within millions of devices globally. The efficient FPGA-based Anybus NP40 network processor includes all functions required to handle the communication between the Industrial Ethernet or fieldbus network and the PC-based customer application. The FPGA has a low latency and a deterministic real-time behavior, making it ideal for demanding industrial applications.
Connection to the customer application
The IXXAT INpact is supplied with a comprehensive driver package for Windows and Linux, which allows a simple and fast development of customer-specific applications, regardless of the used card type or protocol. Based on the uniform programming interface, the protocols and the card types can be changed without changing the customer software, which leads to increased flexibility and a significant reduction of the development costs. Support for real-time operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX is available on request.
Further information on the IXXAT INpact can be found at www.ixxat.com/inpact