EtherCAT

A high performance Ethernet based deterministic network protocol developed by Beckhoff.

  • Based on standard Ethernet for 100baseT
  • Real-time down to the I/O level
  • Multiple topologies possible - line, star, tree, daisy chain, drop lines - can be used in any combination
  • Requires no special Ethernet hardware - standard Network Interface Cards (NIC) can be used
  • CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) allows use of CANopen protocol and feature set over EtherCAT
  • Ethernet over EtherCAT (EoE) allows other Ethernet-based services and protocols on the same physical network

ADVANCED Motion Controls' Capabilities

  • 2x100 Mbit/sec max speed
  • 10 kHz update rate
  • < 1 ms jitter