UNIGATE IC is a complete EtherCAT solution in a 32 pin DIL (dual in-line) package. With a space of 45 x 25 mm the Unigate IC contains all required components: microcontroller, Flash, RAM, Ethernet controller and bus interface components, e. g. optocoupler and bus driver. The UNIGATE IC is to be connected to the microprocessor of your design or it can be operated Stand-Alone.
The Unigate IC EtherCAT is certified and proven through testing on commercially available Ethernet networks. The integrated microprocessor handles the complete Ethernet data traffic and removes the burden from the attached processor. The protocol between the Unigate IC and the attached processor is handled using a Script. This Script is generated with the free PC-tool Protocol Developer and it is optimally adjusted to the final product and the requirements. The hardware and software interfaces of the Unigate IC modules are standardized, thus they are interchangeable without changing any hardware or software. Volume and OEM pricing available.
The Unigate IC EtherCAT allows for the quick development of custom applications using its powerful scripting language. When developing a custom application, or for simple configuration to a standard protocol, we recommend using a Starter Kit. Starter kits contain a development board with the Unigate IC and all the connection cables and power supplies for configuring and/or scripting. There is even a EtherCAT/Ethernet diagnostic tool for testing your configuration or script. Scripts are written using the Protocol Developer Tool. If you need a custom protocol and scripting is not for you, Grid Connect offers scripting services at reasonable rates (call for details).