The end-of-life of the EtherCAT Master PCIe Card is planned for June 30, 2022. As of this date, no services of any kind will be available for this product. We advise against using the EtherCAT Master PCIe Card in new projects. New Releases of the EtherCAT Master PCIe Card will be available for customers with a Software Maintenance Service Contract until June 30, 2021.
|Services||Until / Date|
|End of life announced||Nov 2019|
|Product can be purchased||Jun 2020|
|New revisions provided||Jun 2020|
|Repair service provided||Jun 2021|
|Software support provided||Jun 2021|
|Bug-fixes for supporting software||Jun 2021|
|Customer support services provided||Jun 2022|
For new projects we recommend that you use the new software based EtherCAT stack. The corresponding ConfigurationDesk EtherCAT master I/O-function features bus cycle times lower than 250 µs and acyclic communication with CAN application protocol over EtherCAT (CoE). Furthermore, the EtherCAT master stack can use any available Ethernet port.
If you have any questions or need more information, your contact in the dSPACE sales team will be glad to help.
Starting with dSPACE Release 2019-A you can migrate to the new software based EtherCAT stack. It is contained in the SCALEXIO Fieldbus Solution software but requires a separate license. Additionally, a free Ethernet port is needed in your SCALEXIO system.