EtherCAT ASICs ET1100 / ET1200
The ET1100 and ET1200 EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC) ASICs offer a cost-effective and compact solution for realising EtherCAT slaves. They process the EtherCAT protocol in the hardware and therefore ensure high performance and real-time capability, independent of any downstream slave microcontrollers and associated software. Through their three process data interfaces – digital I/O, SPI and 8/16 bit μC (not for ET1200) – the EtherCAT ASICs enable realisation of simple digital modules without micro-controllers and development of intelligent devices with own processor.
Both ASICs feature distributed clocks that enable high-precision synchronisation (<< 1 μs) of the EtherCAT slaves. The supply voltage is 3.3 V or 5 V; the core voltage of 2.5 V is generated by the integrated in-phase regulator or can be supplied directly. The ET1100 is suitable as a universal solution for all types of EtherCAT devices; the ET1200 is optimised for modular devices using E-bus/LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signalling) as internal interface. Due to their compact design and small number of external components, both ASICs only require minimum space on the board.
Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG