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Sercos Slave Prototyping with EasySlave Kit for Arduino

Arduino is an inexpensive physical computing platform with both open source hardware and software components. The hardware consists of a simple I/O board with a micro-controller plus analog and digital inputs and outputs. The development environment is based on processing and facilitates access to the programming and to micro-controllers for those who are less technically versed. The programming takes place in C and/or C++, while technical details such as header files are largely hidden from the users. Extensive libraries and examples simplify programming. Arduino can be used to manage independent interactive objects or to interact with software applications on computers. For expansion, pre-assembled or partly assembled circuit boards – called shields – are offered that can be adhered to the Arduino board.

Steinbeis Embedded Systems Technologies GmbH has developed a Sercos III product that uses an Arduino board as a rapid prototype platform for the application plus a corresponding shield with a Sercos EasySlave FPGA, as well as other peripheral components. With these compact elements, the developer uses free and freely available software tools to create his prototype Sercos application, from which corresponding Sercos III devices are then derived and implemented.

Licenses for the EasySlave are granted via Sercos International. Different license models are available; and member companies of Sercos International receive preferential prices. Read more »



SERCOS News #2-2016 (November 2016) is Now Available

This 32-page Sercos magazine includes articles on Sercos connectivity with OPC UA and IO-Link; articles on applications by Schneider, Vision & Control and Bosch Rexroth; and technical articles on new fiber optic components and slip rings. This issue also includes news of new Sercos-enabled products and news from recent events. View here »



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