IXXAT INpact

Versatile industrial Ethernet PC interface with multi-protocol support
IXXAT INpact allows you to connect a PC to any industrial network. It combines proven Anybus technology with years of IXXAT know-how in the area of PC interfaces.

Features and Benefits

  • One board for all common industrial Ethernet networks
  • Easy switching between protocols through a standardized API
  • Fast time to market, with minimal development efforts required
  • High performance for demanding real-time applications
  • Future-proof solution based on proved IXXAT and Anybus technologies

How it works

Multi-Protocol approach
INpact enables easy connection of PC based slave applications to various industrial Ethernet networks, such as

  • PROFINET
  • EtherNet/IP
  • EtherCAT
  • Powerlink
  • Modbus TCP

The multi-network capability of INpact is based on HMS’ proven Anybus CompactCom technology used within millions of automation devices globally. The network connection is made through a 2-port Ethernet interface (10/100 Mbit, RJ45), which also supports protocol specific switch functions – such as IRT for PROFINET, DLR for EtherNet/IP and Hub for Powerlink.

The efficient FPGA-based Anybus NP40 network processor handles the communication, providing all functions required to process the communication between the different Industrial Ethernet networks and the PC-based application.

Easy and protocol independent programming

The INpact cards comes with a comprehensive C-API based driver package for Windows, enabling simple and rapid development of customer-specific applications. Thanks to the uniform application programming interface, it is possible to switch quickly between industrial Ethernet protocols without extensive programming, which leads to increased flexibility and a reduction in terms of development costs.

A driver for Linux is in the road map and real time operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX are supported upon request.

Technical specifications

Field bus interface Two Ethernet ports, 100/10 Mbit
PC interfaces PCI Express single lane port (x1) according to PCI Express base specification, revision 1.1
Network handling Anybus NP40
Power supply Via PCIe socket (3.3 V / 12 V DC)
Current consumption Typ. 200 mA / 3.3 V DC, 120 mA / 12 V DC
Form factor Standard height / low profile PCI Express add-in card profile
Operating temperature range 0 °C to 70 °C
Option: -40 °C to 70° C
Weight approx. 52 g

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