Beckhoff debuts CX8091 embedded PC
By Alyssa Dalton
Aug. 4, 2015 – Beckhoff Automation has introduced the CX8091 as a member of the CX8000 line, which it says currently includes the smallest embedded PCs available from the company.
With support of the OPC UA protocol, a 400 MHz ARM9 CPU and a range of connectable K-bus or E-bus I/O terminals, the embedded PC represents a universal small controller for various applications. In addition, the CX8091 is fully interoperable with power measuring terminals from Beckhoff to serve as a compact data collector that supplies all information via OPC UA, says the company. Bus Terminals (K-bus) and EtherCAT terminals (E-bus), as modular I/O systems, can be connected directly to, and automatically identified by the Embedded PC. In this way, a multitude of signals can be acquired locally – for example, via the numerous I/O terminals for energy data acquisition and many other types of measurement, it adds.