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EtherCAT Digital Interface Option Added to The New and Advanced Programmable DC Power Supply Series

TDK Corporation (TSE 6762) announces the introduction of the optional EtherCAT Digital Communication Interface to the GENESYS+™ Programmable DC Power Supply Series.

This Digital Interface option is available on all the GENESYS+™ Programmable DC Power Supply platforms, is suitable for the automation technology environment and allows the user to remotely program, measure and check status of the Power Supply using the EtherCAT (CANopen over EtherCAT) protocol.

The addition of the EtherCAT Interface adds to the already available optional interfaces that include the IEEE (488.2 & SCPI compliant) and Modbus-TCP Digital Communication Interfaces, along with the three built-in standard Digital interfaces (LAN (LXI 1.5), USB (2.0) and RS-232/RS-485).

Other built-in interfaces include the Remote Isolated Analog or Front Panel (Local) Interfaces. When either interface is active, the EtherCAT Interface is still allowed to monitor and set protection levels for the Power Supply. In addition, the Front Panel (Local) mode allows the user to view the unit MAC address, perform an EtherCAT Interface reset, identify Remote operation by viewing the REM indicator and select/de-select the optional interface using the OPT setting.

The 2-port EtherCAT Interface which has two shielded Ethernet RJ-45 connectors and allows the connection of multiple EtherCAT power supplies in a daisy-chain configuration without a network switch. Each Power Supply provides its own Module status (RUN/ERROR LED pairs) which indicates the EtherCAT device state and errors and Link/Activity LED’s to identify cable connection, connection state and packet flow operating conditions.

The EtherCAT Interface has the ability to communicate over an EtherCAT network using CoE (CANopen over EtherCAT while preserving all digital remote programming and monitor accuracies. Its data structure utilizes four different data types (char, unit16, unt32 and float) and supports two types of Read/Write operations (Read Single SDO / PDO or Write single SDO / PDO). Each command (SDO/PDO) has a specified data range and size and many standard SDO/PDO commands/queries supported along with many commands/queries that have unique functionality. A software utility is available for download to establish communication between the user and a GENESYS+™ Power Supply.

For a view of the GENESYS+™ EtherCAT Interface specifications, download a copy of the EtherCAT User’s Manual.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s portfolio features passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, and magnetics, high-frequency, and piezo and protection devices. The product spectrum also includes sensors and sensor systems such as temperature and pressure, magnetic, and MEMS sensors. In addition, TDK provides power supplies and energy devices, magnetic heads and more. These products are marketed under the product brands TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2019, TDK posted total sales of USD 12.5 billion and employed about 105,000 people worldwide.

About TDK-Lambda Corporation

TDK-Lambda Corporation, a group company of TDK Corporation, is a leading global power supply company providing highly reliable power supplies for industrial equipment worldwide. TDK-Lambda Corporation meets the various needs of customers with our entire range of activities, from research and development through to manufacturing, sales, and service with bases in five key areas, covering Japan, Europe, America, China, and Asia.

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Editorial Contact:
Tom Goodman
Product Manager, Low Voltage Products
TDK-Lambda Americas Inc.
405 Essex Road
Neptune, NJ 07753
Ph: 732-795-4148

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