New controller supports Visual Studio .Net programming
Advantech launches a RISC-based controller designed for easy user program development.
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has introduced its new APAX-5620 RISC-based controller. With an Intel XScale PXA270 CPU, it can support Microsoft Visual Studio .Net programming, allowing PC-based users to develop their own applications easily.
The APAX-5620 features two CAN bus interfaces which support CANOpen stack (DS301 and 302) and two RS-485 ports allowing it to connect to remote I/O devices as well as being able to support up to 32 APAX I/O modules. It is compatible with IEC-61131-3 based Multiprog KW languages, which allow users to download change functions and time deterministic support. It also supports the WinCE operating system.
With this feature set, Advantech says it will provide an excellent cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications, such as steel production monitoring, spinning and weaving machinery, and more general factory automation.
Edited by Peter Welander, email@example.com
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