DIL-32 Communication IC - EtherCAT Slave

Slave solution for field devices with a low data throughput

Simple field devices such as barcode readers, identification systems, valve manifolds or I/O blocks require a connection to fieldbus or Real-Time Ethernet systems. Since these devices only have a low data throughput, the netIC uses a serial connection such as UART and SPI as host interface.

The netIC is a complete ‘Single Chip Module’ in the compact dimensions of a Dual-In-Line (DIL) 32 pin plug-in module. It is based on the network controller netX and contains all components of a fieldbus or Real-Time Ethernet interface with an integrated 2-port switch and hub. With the netX technology the whole spectrum of relevant fieldbus and Real-Time Ethernet systems is covered. By exchanging the firmware, one single netIC can be used for multiple communication systems. The user data is transferred with simple read-write commands to the application via the above mentioned serial interfaces. The well-known Modbus RTU protocol is used as a serial protocol.

Conventional shifting registers can be controlled via a synchronous serial interface requiring no additional processor for a simple I/O-device.

Highlights:
  • Compact DIL-32 communication module for cost-efficient field devices
  • Modbus RTU protocol via SPI or UART to the host
  • One hardware for all Real-Time Ethernet systems
  • Direct I/O data transfer via external shift registers
  • One design for all networks due to standard interfaces
  • Firmware update via integrated WebServer
  • Also available without heatsink / Heat dissipation directly via housing