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SCALEXIO Interface for PROFIBUS and EtherCAT

Connecting a SCALEXIO system to various fieldbus types

The SCALEXIO Fieldbus Solution lets you connect a SCALEXIO real-time system to PROFIBUS and EtherCAT networks. All interfaces are based on PCIe cards to provide the optimal bandwidth to the real-time model. Specially developed device drivers ensure real-time simulation capability.  

The dSPACE SCALEXIO Fieldbus Solution lets you connect a SCALEXIO hardware-in-the-loop system to various field bus types, such as PROFIBUS and EtherCAT. The solution is based on a PCIe card, which is plugged into the SCALEXIO Processing Unit1) to provide the optimal bandwidth to the real-time model. Specially developed device drivers ensure real-time simulation capability. Different licenses are required according to the type of fieldbus. You can use ConfigurationDesk for the configuration process, and configure fieldbuses in Hilscher SYCON.net.
 
1) The different versions of the SCALEXIO Processing Unit provide various possibilities for using SCALEXIO solutions.

Parameter Specification
General
  • Hilscher software-reconfigurable boards
  • Hilscher PCIe PROFIBUS board
  • Hilscher PCIe Real-Time Ethernet (RTE) board
  • SYCON.Net used for master fieldbus configuration
  • Code generation by ConfigurationDesk
PROFIBUS Features
  • Bus master and slave supported
  • Cyclic data exchange by selectable bus cycle time
  • PROFIBUS-specific settings performed in SYCON.net
  • Maximum baud rate: 12 Mbit/s
EtherCAT Features
  • Bus master and slave supported
  • Cyclic data exchange by selectable bus cycle time
  • Bus-synchronous receive interrupts
  • EtherCAT master bus cycle 250 µs or larger
  • EtherCAT slave bus cycle depending on the EtherCAT bus master