The M.2 format is extremely compact and versatile. Among other benefits, it offers PCI Express interface technology and enables device manufacturers to develop compact and flexible devices. With this format, Hilscher offers the smallest PC cards of its kind on the automation market which can be integrated into PC-based automation devices using PCI Express.
M.2 PC cards are available in two formats. For slave-only applications, the M.2 card with the netX 90 chip measures only 22 x 30 mm in an M.2 2230 Key A+E format. The version for master and slave applications is only slightly larger at 30 x 42 mm in the M.2 3042 Key B+M format. Like all cifX PC cards, the M.2 version has a uniform user interface for all protocols and formats. Our wide range of drivers makes the PC cards easy to integrate. Data is accessed via dual-port memory or through direct memory access. In addition, the M.2 format cifX is suitable for use in applications requiring an extended temperature range without a heat sink.