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Connecting a PC to any industrial Ethernet network

HMS Industrial Networks (Sweden) : 12 March, 2015  (New Product)
The Ixxat Inpact from HMS Industrial Networks combines Anybus technology know-how in the PC interface card area. The result is a PCIe card with multi-protocol support for numerous industrial Ethernet standards and a uniform protocol and card-spanning application programming interface. The Ixxat Inpact can be used with HMI systems to process visualisation and service tools, and with measurement, analysis and test systems.
Connecting a PC to any industrial Ethernet network
Until now, it has been complicated to develop PC-based measurement, visualisation or service applications for several Industrial Ethernet standards, since different interface cards and application programming interfaces had to be used for each protocol. The new IXXAT Inpact overcomes this problem.
 
Based on proven Anybus and Ixxat technologies, HMS offers a PCIe card in standard and low-profile formats which supports all leading industrial Ethernet standards. Users can easily connect their PC-based slave application to EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, PROFINET IRT/RT, Powerlink and standard TCP/IP by using the IXXAT INpact. Through the uniform driver concept, the user can switch between protocols quickly and without extensive programming and also profit from future protocol extensions and developments.
 
Support for multiple industrial Ethernet standards
 
The Ixxat Inpact network is based on Anybus CompactCom, currently used within millions of automation devices. Used in combination with a flexible FPGA-based PCIe bus connection, the Anybus NP40 network processor has the functions required to process the communication between the Industrial Ethernet network and the PC-based application.
 
With low latency times and a deterministic real-time behaviour, it is suited to demanding industrial applications. Furthermore, the two-port Ethernet interface (10/100 Mbit, RJ45s) supports protocol specific switch functions - such as IRT for Profinet, DLR for EtherNet/IP and Hub for Powerlink.
 
The Common Ethernet flash-update feature enables the user to download any industrial Ethernet protocol without switching cards in a quick and cost-efficient manner, which makes the Ixxat Inpact a future-proof and adaptable interface for all types of applications.
 
Fast track to Ethernet connectivity
 
The Ixxat Inpact comes with a comprehensive driver package for Windows, enabling simple and rapid development of custom applications. The uniform application programming interface makes it possible to switch between industrial Ethernet protocols without changing software.
 
A driver for Linux is planned and real-time operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX are supported upon request. The device will also shortly be available for the PCI bus and for mini PCIe
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