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Flexible EtherCAT Master Solution supports DIN rail mounting.

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Press Release Summary:

January 16, 2013 - Using protocol software from acontis for EtherCAT Master Class A/B devices, fanless IXXEC-100 provides EtherCAT Master functionality. Optimized link layer lets unit operate with cycle times of less than 1 ms, and internal RAM memory (256 MB standard) can be extended to 1 GB. Operating from -40 to +70°C, solution provides 4 Ethernet, 2 CAN, and 2 USB interfaces and uses dual core Cortex A9 CPU. EtherCAT Master feature packs are supported, including hot connect and ring redundancy.

IXXAT Automation GmbH

Leibnizstraße 15, -, Germany

Original Press Release

IXXEC-100 The Cost-effective EtherCAT Master Solution for DIN Rail Mounting

Press release date: January 14, 2013

With its new IXXEC-100, IXXAT offers a powerful and extremely flexible EtherCAT Master solution for DIN rail mounting at a very compelling price.

The EtherCAT Master functionality is provided using the proven protocol software from acontis for EtherCAT Master Class A and B devices. A specially optimized link layer allows the IXXEC-100 to operate with cycle times of less than 1 ms. The selected EtherCAT Master implementation, as well as the included drivers and the Linux operating system, enable the fast implementation of customized EtherCAT applications and rapid adoption of existing applications to the compact and powerful IXXEC-100. In addition, the available EtherCAT Master "feature packs" are supported, including hot connect and ring redundancy.

During the development of the IXXEC-100 special attention was paid to the requirements of the various fields of application. Thus, the unit has, despite of its fanless design, an extended temperature range from -40 ° C to + 70 ° C, and enough power and interfaces to become the optimal solution for various applications.

The basic version of the device has four Ethernet interfaces, two CAN interfaces and two USB ports. Customer specific interfaces or functional enhancements (e.g. digital and analog I/Os, DVI output) can be implemented quickly and easily using expansion slots or the implemented FPGA.

IXXEC-100 uses a dual core Cortex A9 CPU. The internal RAM memory has a standard size of 256 MB and can be extended up to 1 GB. Operating system and programs are stored in flash memory on a SD card.

The IXXEC-100 provides a remarkably high degree of flexibility by using a unique combination of interfaces, FPGA, software and services. This makes the IXXEC-100 an ideal platform for application-optimized and customer specific solutions. For this purpose, IXXAT offers a comprehensive Linux board support package enabling the quick and easy implementation of custom software solutions on the IXXEC-100 (e.g. gateways).

Besides the version within the robust metal housing, IXXAT offers the IXXEC-100 also as board-level product for space-saving integration into already existing customer applications.

On request, IXXAT can perform adaptations and application implementations for a fast and economy-priced solution.

In addition to the EtherCAT Master solution, IXXAT will soon also offer a CANopen master solution based on the IXXEC-100.

For more information on IXXEC-100, visit the website at IXXAT www.ixxat.com/ixxec-100

Company Background
IXXAT is a leading specialist for the integration of embedded system solutions and data communications technologies. IXXAT's technology focus is on CAN, Industrial Ethernet, Safety and FlexRay. In addition to a wide range of hardware and software products, IXXAT develops and delivers, as reliable partner, customer specific hardware components and solutions for the industrial automation as well as for test and measurement applications. Furthermore, IXXAT supports its customers with a variety of services such as consulting, training, and system design and as experienced development partner. With today 80 employees, IXXAT is now for more than 25 years international active, especially in the fields of machinery, automotive, transportation systems and medical devices. For this purpose IXXAT has own subsidiaries and sales offices as well as a large network of distributors.

Contact:
IXXAT Automation GmbH
Frank Pastors
Leibnizstr. 15
88250 Weingarten
Germany
Tel.: +49 . 751 . 561 46 - 0
Fax: +49 . 751 . 561 46 - 29
E-mail: info@ixxat.de
WWW: www.ixxat.com

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