EtherCAT Master Stack for Altera Cyclone V SoC
Weingarten, April 9th 2015
Acontis Technologies GmbH of Weingarten, leading provider of EtherCAT software, today announced the release of its EC-Master EtherCAT Master Stack for the Altera Cyclone V SoC.
The acontis EtherCAT Product Family is a complete portfolio of EtherCAT related products which enables customers to quickly create reliable, high-speed and competitive EtherCAT solutions. To expand the existing platform portfolio according to the growing demand for sophisticated deeply embedded EtherCAT solutions, acontis now adapted their EC-Master EtherCAT Master Stack to the Altera Cyclone V SoC hardware.. The EC-Master software is equipped with high performance Ethernet drivers for the respective hardware platforms which are specifically optimized for EtherCAT operation. Thus a high performance for the Cyclone V SoC integrated Synopsys DesignWare 3504 Ethernet controller now is available as well. The EtherCAT technology does not require any specific hardware support, thus the whole master stack is running on the ARM Cortex A9 MPCore exclusively and the FPGA functionality is fully available for customer specific design. As a first available implementation, the platform was tested with the SoCrates Start Kit and Linux. Other operating systems available for this platform, like VxWorks or QNX will soon follow. As a result, EC-Master for the Altera Cyclone V SoC now enables customers to implement EtherCAT communication interface boards, EtherCAT based PLC, motion control applications and so on. Due to this architecture combined with the high speed Ethernet driver it is possible to implement applications on the Altera Cyclone V SoC with short cycle times up to 100 microseconds.
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