PCI universal card suits PC-based industrial automation

Posted By : Mick Elliott
PCI universal card suits PC-based industrial automation

A new 2-port EtherCAT PCI Universal card, the PCI-1203 from Advantech is available at Rutronik. It is a ready-to-use EtherCAT development platform for all PC-based industrial automation. The EtherCAT protocol stack is executed autonomously on the PCI card. The PCI-1203 comes with a 650MHz dual-core ARM processor.

It allows the host to handle up to two EtherCAT networks with extremely short cycle time for Motion and pure I/O applications. For EtherCAT motion port, communication cycle time is no more than 500µs for connecting 32 axes of servo motors.

For fast I/O ports the cycle time is no more than 200µs in a high speed I/O system. To meet the extra high speed I/O requirements, the PCI-1203 provides 4-channel isolated digital outputs with an isolated protection of 1,000VDC, an output voltage of 12 up to 24VDC and a sink current of max. 300mA CH.

The PCI-1203 also offers 8-channel isolated inputs with an isolated protection of 1,000VDC and an input resistance of 8.4kΩ.

This PCI Master Card has an operating temperature range of 0-60°C and a storage temperature range of -20°C up to +85°C. It supports common motion SDK for rapid application development and features real-time and high-precision capability.

In addition, all Advantech motion controllers use the “Common Motion API” architecture, a unified user programming interface and graphical utility. This architecture saves application maintenance and upgrades.

Programmers benefit from using any Advantech SoftMotion controller without charging large amounts of the application code. User-friendly examples decrease programming load, helping users complete configuration and diagnoses fast and easily.


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