Real-time automation under Windows with EtherCAT

Von: Kithara Software GmbH  06.04.2009
Keywords: Ethernet, Zeitmessung, Ethercat

Hardware dependent programming in real-time is the demand of many sectors of industry, who are changing from legacy field bus protocols to flexible real-time Ethernet solutions. Kithara Software supports engineers and developers with the »EtherCAT Master«.

The »EtherCAT Master« of the collection »RealTime Suite« of the Berlin company Kithara Software is the optimal tool for diverse automation solutions under Windows and supplies all necessary mechanisms for realizing flexible control applications based on EtherCAT fast and at reasonable prices.

The software provides users-besides essential functions like highly precise timers and the necessary real-time network driver-further mechanisms, such as hardware access to PCI cards or USB devices and serial interfaces.

PC-based realization of industrial control applications is an enormous simplification of automation technology. But Windows operating systems are not able to deliver hard real-time offhand. This is addressed by a product range of Kithara, which is containing the »EtherCAT Master« too. The user can program his real-time control application in the usual and well-known development environment in C/C++ or Delphi.

The »EtherCAT Master« of Kithara supports the usual mechanisms, like mailbox communication, CoE, EoE and FoE. The software is completed with the »Master Monitor«, a graphical application which makes the configuration and inspection of the connected EtherCAT slaves comfortable.
It is not necessary anymore for programmers to manage and transmit data telegrams by their own. Advantages are a high usability, a small practicing effort and therefore the reduction of time and costs.

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Kithara Software GmbH

The company Kithara Software GmbH located in Berlin was founded in 1996 and has become a specialist for hardware dependent programming, real-time and communication solutions for the Windows operating systems.
Simply applicable tools allow programmers to realize PCI and USB hardware access as well as the development of real-time solutions using Ethernet, automation with EtherCAT and realtime CAN.

Uwe Jesgarz

Kithara Software GmbH
Alte Jakobstraße 78
10179 Berlin

Tel. +49(0)30-2789673-0
Fax +49(0)30-2789673-20

Keywords: Custom Driver, ecat, Embedded XP, Ethercat, Ethercat-Master, Ethernet, Treiberentwicklung, Zeitmessung,

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