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Beckhoff introduces Mini PCI cards

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PCI cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet and Ethernet enhance the Beckhoff PC Fieldbus Card range. Like the standard PCI cards, the interfaces are optimised for fast controllers and real-time tasks.

The new generation of Beckhoff Industrial PCs, including the C69xx control cabinet PCs and the CP62xx or CP72xx Control Panel PCs, is compact. With each device featuring 2 Ethernet ports, they represent high-performance Industrial PCs for Ethernet and EtherCAT-based control applications. The IPCs can optionally be extended with Mini PCI cards, or with fieldbus technology.

In combination with the Ethernet Mini PCI cards the Industrial PCs have available a third Ethernet port with 10 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s or 1000 Mbit/s. While the 100 Mbit/s Ethernet port offers optimum performance for all EtherCAT control tasks, a gigabit port is available for connecting the higher-level network.

The power of the fieldbus cards can be easily seen in combination with the TwinCAT software PLC and NC. But other applications also benefit from the intelligent PCI cards that handle the fieldbus protocol efficiently on their own processors. The bus interface is not implemented on the fieldbus card, but separately in the respective housing (device-specific). The fieldbus cards are optionally obtainable with 128 kbyte NOVRAM.

The NOVRAM memory module, for storage of process data, is separately available with Mini PCI interface (128 kbyte, 256 kbyte and 512 kbyte).

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