Hilscher released the PCl Express M.2, which they call the world’s smallest PC Card package. The card adds real-time communications to PC-based systems.
The PCl Express M.2 allows users to connect PC-based devices, including IPCs, HMIs, and robotics, to real-time ethernet and fieldbus networks.
In terms of size, the M.2 is smaller than the MiniPCl Express format and was specifically designed for thin computing platforms like notebooks and tablets. Further, it allows for add-in functions to be included within the systems of automation manufacturers of PC-based systems.
Per a company release, the company is using the A+E key socket arrangement, as that is the PCI Express specification’s generic form factor for connectivity add-ins, such as WiFi and Bluetooth. The M.2 2230 Key A+E card, with Hilscher product name CIFX M223090AE, is part of Hilscher’s cifX family of PC Cards.
The CIFX M223090AE measures at 22mm x 30mm and allows for operating conditions from -20c to +70c
The main feature of the M.2 2230 is the company’s netX 90 multiprotocol communication chip. Additionally, card users can choose from a number of loadable firmware for PROFINET IO-Device, EtherNet/IP Adapter, EtherCAT Slave, and OpenModbus/TCP.
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