The icECAT EtherCAT master stack library is specifically designed for embedded systems. This EtherCAT master software provides best performance with lowest resource usage. Target platforms from small microcontrollers up to industrial PCs are supported. The library is written portable in ANSI-C.
Interfacing to the Ethernet network can be done either via the network driver of the underlying operating system or via an optimized link layer driver which uses DMA and zero-copy buffers. With this architecture the EtherCAT master stack reaches optimal performance: cycle times with 100 microseconds and below are possible even on small platforms
An EtherCAT master monitor tool is included in the product. It can be used to visualize the status of the EtherCAT network, control the master and the slaves, and manually access process variables.
All libraries and tools will be shipped in source code. The master stack is offered under a project based license, no royalties are necessary.
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