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Proven EtherCAT products enabling you to...
Anybus X-gateways allow the connection of your EtherCAT device or network to many other fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet networks.
Anybus Communicator is a stand-alone protocol converter enabling you to connect your non-networked or CAN-based device to EtherCAT.
The cutting-edge CompactCom 40-series is based on the award-winning Anybus NP40 network processor. It is especially suitable for both general purpose and for high-end EtherCAT applications with fast network cycles and synchronization demands.
EtherCAT is an open real-time Ethernet Master/Slave network developed by Beckhoff. Today, it is an open standard, managed by the EtherCAT technology group. EtherCAT sets new limits for real-time performance since it processes 1000 distributed I/O in 30 µs or 100 axis in 100 µs using twisted pair or fiber optic cable. Regarding topology, EtherCAT supports a simple low cost line structure, a tree structure, daisy chaining or drop lines - no expensive infrastructure components are required. Alternatively the classic more expensive switched star topology can be used.
The EtherCAT transmission method is similar to the principles of Interbus. With EtherCAT, the Ethernet packet is no longer received, then interpreted and process data then copied at every device. The EtherCAT slave devices read the data addressed to them while the frame passes through the device. node. Similarly, input data is inserted while the telegram passes through. The frames are only delayed by a few nanoseconds. Since an EtherCAT frame comprises the data of many devices both in send and receive direction, the usable data rate increases to over 90%. The full-duplex features of 100BaseTX are fully utilized, so that effective data rates of > 100 Mbit/s (>90% of 2 x 100 Mbits/s) can be achieved.