EtherCAT Slave Protocol Software for Altera FPGA

EtherCAT Slave for Altera FPGA

Easy-to-integrate field device solution based on the EtherCAT slave code and the EtherCAT Slave IP Core from Beckhoff. Supports the CAN Application Protocol Over EtherCAT (CoE) and Ethernet Over EtherCAT (EoE).

  • Ready-to-Use Out-of-the-Box and High Flexibility
  • Comprehensive Communication Functionality
  • Time Savings Through Simple, Streamlined Application Interface

Fast Results with Out-of-the-Box Functionality

The solution is optimized to quickly implement EtherCAT field devices with minimum, clearly definable development work. The firmware comes ready to integrate and allows the flexible implementation of additional functionality at any time.

Comprehensive Communication Features

The provided IP core design for Altera's Cyclone III and Cyclone IV FPGA families includes a Beckhoff EtherCAT Slave Controller IP Core and an Altera Nios Soft Core. The eCos operating system has been customized for this configuration. The protocol software, the CAN Application Protocol Over EtherCAT (CoE) profile and the Ethernet Over EtherCAT (EoE) profile have been ported.

Streamlined Application Interface for Easy Integration

Softing’s Simple Device Application Interface (SDAI) is an extremely efficient protocol abstraction layer that offers a single application interface for multiple Ethernet protocols including EtherCAT, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, and Modbus/TCP. The SDAI helps to significantly speed-up device integration and time-to-market while at the same time simplifies support and maintenance.

Functionality


Full EtherCAT Slave Device (Data Link Layer) with Two Ethernet Ports
Stack Based on Sample Code Version V5.10 of EtherCAT Slave Stack
EtherCAT Slave Controller ESC30 Based on Version V3.0.3 of EtherCAT Slave Controller
Performance Characteristics



FMMUs3
Sync Managers 4
Process Data RAM8KB
External Data Bus Width32Bit
Range of Functions



















Distributed ClocksSupported, 64Bit
Generation of Synchronous OutputsSYNC0/1
SDO Upload/Download and SDO Information ServicesSupported
Complete SDO AccessSupported
Mailbox Interface and PDI
CAN Application Protocol over EtherCAT (CoE)Object Dictionary with Standard CoE Objects









Device Type
Manufacturer Device Name
Manufacturer Hardware Version
Manufacturer Software Version
Identity
RxPDO Mapping (Up to 32 Instances)
TxPDO Mapping (Up to 32 Instances)
Sync Manager Communication Type
Sync Manager 2 PDO Assignment
Sync Manager 3 PDO Assignment
Application Specific Objects
Ethernet over EtherCAT (EoE)
File Access over EtherCAT (FoE)
Station Alias
Diagnosis Handling Including Emergency Messages

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FCM-NO-3000 Development Package for Developing Industrial Ethernet Field Devices
FCM-NO-4000Evaluation Kit for Industrial Ethernet Device Stacks based on Altera Cyclone III FPGA
FCM-NO-4010Real-Time Ethernet Module for Industrial Ethernet Field Devices based on Altera Cyclone III FPGA
FTR-NO-1000Integration Workshop for Implementing Industrial Ethernet Field Devices based on Altera Cyclone FPGA Family

Simplifying EtherCAT Design for Devices Using Altera FPGA

Softing Protocol IP is a combination of IP Cores and  protocol software designed to offer all required communication capabilities for an EtherCat implementation based on the Altera FPGA. It provides an identical Application Programming Interface (API) for integrating various Industrial Ethernet protocols onto one hardware.

  • Easy and Inexpensive Field Device Development
  • Maximum Security of Investment Through Universal Firmware
  • Short Time-to-Market Through Time-Saving Integration

Easy and Inexpensive Development of EtherCAT Field Devices

Softing Protocol IP provides an easy and inexpensive way for field device manufacturersto develop an EtherCAT platform with no license negotiation, no up-front licensing costs, and no individual API programming when adding additional Industrial Ethernet protocols.The protocol IP and reference designs are hardware tested on the Altera Industrial Networking Kit (INK) featuring the Cyclone IV FPGA and further evaluation kits.

Universal Firmware – Future-Proof and Cost Saving

The Softing firmware comes ready to integrate and allows the flexible implementation of additional functionality at any time. The Industrial Ethernet protocols – EtherCAT, PROFINET RT and IRT, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet POWERLINK and Modbus/TCP – are available as standard solutions for the Altera Cyclone families. Further protocols can be added upon special request. The IP Cores provide two independent Ethernet interfaces to support different topologies according to the relevant Industrial Ethernet standard.

One API for Quick Integration

The use of an FPGA allows the flexible implementation of the device hardware. The firmware provided by Softing offers a uniform software interface for the various protocols. The Simple Device Application Interface (SDAI) is an efficient protocol abstraction layer that is designed to offer a single API for standard solutions helping to significantly speed up the device integration and time-to-market, while simplifying support and maintenance. The SDAI is designed to support single and dual processor systems.

Scope of Delivery

Qsys Component

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Order Number

Available From Altera Sales Representative

Additional Products and Services

FTR-NO-1000Integration Workshop for Implementing EtherCAT Field Devices based on Altera Cyclone FPGA Family