Infineon Technologies says that it is making the cost-efficient implementation of EtherCAT applications gets even easier – with it’s future- proof and application-optimised ARM-based microcontrollers. The company has released new development kits that help cutting down EtherCAT development time to three months: the XMC4300 Relax EtherCAT Kit and the XMC4800 EtherCAT Automation Kit. Both kits passed the EtherCAT certification test and are available.
The XMC microcontrollers with integrated EtherCAT node, XMC4300 and XMC4800, target factory automation, I/O modules and robotics. All XMC4800 microcontrollers are AEC Q100 qualified, making them also well-suited for use in commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles.
The XMC4300 Relax EtherCAT Kit for EtherCAT slave applications is designed to evaluate the capabilities of the XMC4300 (in LQFP-100 package) especially in EtherCAT slave applications.
The kit uses the ARM Cortex-M4 processor and has 144 MHz, up to 256 Kbytes of embedded Flash memory and 128 Kbytes SRAM.
The XMC4300 Relax EtherCAT Kit offers an EtherCAT node with standard magnetics plug, IN and OUT interface via RJ45 jack and cabling as well as an optional EtherCAT node with PHY to PHY connection.
Evaluation of mixed networks is easy with its CAN transceiver and CAN connector via D-SUB 9 plug.
The kit has an Arduino hardware compatible pinout with voltage level shifter for 3.3 V and 5 V Arduino shields. The unit price of the kit is about Euro 50.