RTOS Advances EtherCAT Real-Time Performance

Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) now has EtherCAT Master protocol support.

Targeting high-performance, next-generation industrial automation devices, the RTOS, combined with the KPA EtherCAT Master stack, provides a fully integrated reference software solution that streamlines development time and cost for device developers. Designed to meet the rigorous timing requirements for industrial automation, the reference solution delivers EtherCAT cycle times of 100 microsecond cycles (10,000 frames per second) with an extremely low jitter rate for precise device synchronization. The Nucleus RTOS with KPA EtherCAT Master protocol is suitable for devices with hard and soft real-time requirements in industrial automation, as well as medical, energy and other market segments. The low-overhead KPA EtherCAT stack has been optimized for embedded devices. The real-time performance of the Nucleus RTOS and the deterministic qualities of EtherCAT communication provides the speed and synchronization required in today’s industrial automation devices. The EtherCAT solution includes the KPA EtherCAT Studio configuration tool, and sample applications that have been integrated with Nucleus RTOS and the Sourcery CodeBench integrated development environment (IDE).

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