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Advantech introduces dual-port EtherCAT motion control PCI master card



Aug. 26, 2017 – Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group launched the PCI-1203 32-axis EtherCAT motion and I/O master card.

The PCI-1203 is a PC-based, two-port EtherCAT PCI card with “extra-quick” cycle times, describes the company, adding that for the EtherCAT motion port, it’s a fast 500 µs for up to 32 servo axes. Meanwhile, cycle time for EtherCAT fast I/O port is 200 µs. According to Advantech, the PCI-1203 delivers “guaranteed performance with no packet loss, independent of computing platform,” noting that users can take advantage of the “Common Motion API” architecture, which is a unified user programming interface and graphical utility focused on motion control. For real-time performance, the PCI-1203 also provides the Advantech Real-time Enhanced Script (ARES) tool, which allows the user to load control logic into the ARM space, helping to reduce PC CPU load and bypass delay effects.


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