DeviceNet PCIe NICs will handle future industrial automation tasks

April 29, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Molex has added to a line of interface products with the SST DN4 DeviceNet PCIe Network Interface Cards (NICs). Utilising a single-source manufacturing process for hardware and software, the PCIe NICs area aimed at applications including automotive and semiconductor automation devices and material handling equipment.

"The integration of master and slave operations on a single, half-height card with very low power requirements creates control and design flexibility," said George Kairys, global product manager, Molex.


The PCIe NICs scan DeviceNet signals in 3 to 5 milliseconds, enabling real-time control. By combining master and slave functions, those operations can be executed simultaneously, enabling control schemes that require multiple functions. The combination also reduces customer NIC inventory requirements.


SST DN4 DeviceNet PCIe NICs provide backward compatibility with DN3 cards for legacy system connections. Also, the PCIe NICs are tested to ODVA Vol. 3, v.1.8 standards and support several operating systems and drivers, including Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32 and 64 bit) and 8 (32 and 64 bit). Features include OPC server configuration and diagnostic tools.