EtherCAT: Essential for Industrial Automation Solutions
The six videos on this page demonstrate how the RTOS Platform with EtherCAT is a complete real-time Industrial Automation solution.
The RTOS Platform does this by harnessing the power and value of Windows, x86 multiprocessors, RTX hard-real-time software, and real-time Ethernet.
The six technical and instructional videos detail how the RTOS Platform with EtherCAT reduces the need for real-time hardware such as digital signal processors (DSPs). They also look at how the platform lowers costs, improves performance, and streamlines development for Industrial Automation systems.
IntervalZero is a member of the EtherCat Technology Group (ETG), the forum in which key user companies from various industries and leading automation suppliers join forces to support, promote and advance the EtherCAT technology.
EtherCAT is an open technology. The EtherCAT Technology Group stands for this approach and ensures that every interested company may implement and use EtherCAT. At the same time, the EtherCAT Technology Group aims to ensure the compatibility of EtherCAT implementations by defining functional requirements, conformance tests as well as certification procedures.
IntervalZero partners with three companies whose EtherCat Masters support RTX:
- acontis technologies GmbH provides an EtherCAT master stack for RTX 8, 2009, 2011 and 2012
- esd GmbH provides an EtherCAT master and slave stack for RTX 8.1 , 2009, 2011 and 2012
- koenig-pa GmbH provides an EtherCAT master for RTX 7.1, 8.1, 2009, 2011, 2012
RTX hard real-time software transforms Microsoft Windows into real-time operating system and delivers real-time symmetric multiprocessing on x86 multicore multiprocessors. EtherCAT enables high speed communications and Safety Inspection Level (SIL) 3 certification.
The RTOS Platform allows developers to utilize Microsoft’s Visual Studio single integrated development environment to maximize productivity.