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EtherCAT slave controller touts cycle times down to 12.5µs

17 Apr 2015  | Julien Happich

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Innovasic has enhanced its fido5200 REM switch chip and the RapID platform network interface solution to support EtherCAT. The fido5200 REM Switch chip is configured via software driver as an EtherCAT slave controller (ESC) that supports cycle times down to 12.5µs, stated the company.

The RapID Platform - EtherCAT network interface is delivered as a module or embedded design that supports cycle times down to 250µs. Both products will be shipping in June 2015 and certified to the latest version of the EtherCAT Conformance Test Tool.

fido5200 REM Switch chip

The fido5200 REM switch chip provides eight SyncManager entities, eight FMMU entities, and resources to use distributed clocks. The network interface makes use of these features to support the modular device profile (MDP). MDP allows easy definition of I/O modules to represent the size and type of process data for an application, noted Innovasic.

In this way, the network interface is easily customised to represent all of the data an application produces or consumes via EtherCAT. In addition, all of the parameters defined in an MDP profile are available for access via the CAN over Ethernet (CoE) mailbox protocol, adding flexibility to the end product.

The network interface also provides an embedded webserver so users can view network parameters and I/O data via customisable webserver content using the Ethernet over EtherCAT (EoE) mailbox protocol, the company added.

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