Arrow launches new XKit for POWERLINK master and slaves

Nuremberg, (PresseBox) - The latest SPS/IPC/DRIVES exhibition was the perfect venue for the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) to introduce the state-of-the-art XKit evaluation tool from Arrow, which makes it much easier to design POWERLINK-compatible products for use in industrial Ethernet networks. The flexible EPC XKit is an excellent solution for a wide variety of master and slave designs, making it attractive to system designers and equipment manufacturers alike.

The EPC XKit for POWERLINK features a software image for Linux that in-cludes a POWERLINK master driver. The board's attractive design and amaz-ingly low power consumption, especially in light of the outstanding processing power of its high-performance CPU, really make this product stand out. With the XKit, data is exchanged using POWERLINK stacks. The package also includes two compact BeMicro RTE (Real-Time Ethernet) USB slaves from Arrow and Altera that can be used as test hardware when designing and evaluating POWERLINK slave devices.

The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) couldn't be happier about the launch of this new product. With its elegant design and sophisticated architecture, this is a POWERLINK solution that is equally well-suited for devel-oping both master and slave devices. As a result, there is every reason to be-lieve that it will contribute greatly to the continued advancement of POWERLINK as a widely accepted standard in the field of industrial Ethernet solutions.

Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group

The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) is an independent organization founded in 2003 by leading companies from the drive and automation industry. Its aims are the standardization and further development of POWERLINK, which was first introduced by B&R in 2001. The high-performance real-time communication system is a protocol extension of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, designed to ensure real-time data transfer on the microsecond level. EPSG cooperates with leading standardization organizations, such as CAN in Automation (CiA) and the IEC. Anton Meindl, BU Manager Controls at B&R, is the EPSG's CEO.

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