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EasySlave enables inexpensive development of Sercos slave devices

Sercos Intl.has introduced the Sercos ERole G - easyslave_steinbeis_190px.jpgasySlave, an FPGA-based single-chip controller for simple Sercos III slave devices. It has a real time channel with one input and one output connection, and supports cycle times as low as 31.25 usec. An IP core is provided as a netlist for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family. The IP core contains all the functions of a Sercos slave connection, including the associated software library for I/O devices (e.g., analog inputs, encoders). I/O applications are synchronized in the Sercos cycle. "Sercos EasySlave can be integrated in an application with minimal effort in order to achieve various I/O activations," according to Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos Intl

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Technical support for the EasySlave is provided by Steinbeis Transfer Center for Systems Technology (TZS) in Esslingen, Germany. TZS offers an EasySlave evaluation kit to facilitate a quick and easy introduction to Sercos slave development. The evaluation kit includes a development board based on a Xilinx Spartan-6 XC6SLX9 FPGA and can be extended using plug-in modules. The evaluation kit includes all other required material and documents (Ethernet cable, power supply, and documentation).

 

"The EasySlave evaluation kit makes Sercos III slave development easy. Steinbeis-TZS will be happy to provide assistance in the integration and commissioning of EasySlave,"" states Professor Reinhard Keller of Steinbeis-TZS.

 

Various EasySlave licensing models are available from Sercos Intl., with Sercos member companies offered special prices. In addition, a license-free bitstream IP core version with a limited functionality is available, under the product name EasySlave-IO.

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