This new switch terminal connects Ethernet devices to the new EtherCAT fieldbus. It provides transparent and collision-free communication. It can be installed at any point in the EtherCAT node, and can accommodate Ethernet-linked devices such as printers or terminal for production data acquisition. The connected master works like a Layer 2 switch, using IP address information to sort Ethernet frames to their respective devices. It can process 1,000 distributed I/O in 30 ms or 100 axes in 100 ms with fiber optic or twisted pair cable. It needs no proprietary fieldbus cards, and uses ordinary CAT 5e cables.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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