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Publication Date: 05/1/2007
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Beckhoff Intros Mini PCI Fieldbus Cards
Mini PCI card.
Minneapolis, MN — Continuing the push to create the smallest Industrial PCs possible, Beckhoff Automation has released its Mini PCI fieldbus cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet and Ethernet networks. The resulting smaller PC size saves valuable control cabinet space, but, like standard PCI fieldbus cards, the interfaces are optimized for fast controllers and real-time tasks.

The newest of the company's industrial PCs, including the C69xx cabinet PCs and the CP62xx or CP72xx Control Panel PCs, are extremely compact but equipped with powerful Intel® M Class processors. Each PC has 2 Ethernet ports and delivers high-performance PC-based control for Ethernet and next generation EtherCAT-based applications. Now these industrial PCs can be equipped with Mini PCI cards to integrate additional fieldbus technologies.

When using Ethernet Mini PCI cards, the industrial PCs contain a third available Ethernet port with 10Mbit/s, 100Mbit/s or 1000Mbit/s communication. While the 100Mbit/s Ethernet port offers optimum performance for all EtherCAT control tasks, a gigabit port is also available for connecting higher-level networks.

The fieldbus cards are most powerful when using the company's TwinCAT PLC and NC software. However, other applications benefit from highly intelligent PCI cards that can handle fieldbus protocols efficiently on their own processors. The bus interface is not implemented on the fieldbus card, but separately in the PC housing (device-specific).

The fieldbus cards are available with optional NOVRAM. The NOVRAM memory module, with Mini PCI interfaces (128 kbyte, 256 kbyte and 512 kbyte) for fail-safe storage of process data, is available separately.

For more information, contact: Beckhoff Automation LLC., 12150 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337 952-890-0000 fax: 952-890- 2888 E-mail: Web:

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