The comX communication module has been designed to be integrated into automation devices e.g. robot controllers, PLCs or drives to add a network interface. All communication tasks are executed autonomously within the module - irrespective of the processor of the target device.
Process data is exchanged via a Dual-Port-Memory which is accessed either by an 8-/16-bit bus interface or a fast 50 MHz SPI interface.
comX supports all major Real-Time Ethernet protocols as Master or Slave and covers all network-specific demands in just one single module. To support a line topology, the module is equipped with two Ethernet ports. The communication protocol can be changed simply and reliably by loading the appropriate firmware and a software license for masters.
Due to the Hilscher network controller netX, a 10-years delivery guarantee is granted.
|Brief description||Communication Module Real-Time Ethernet|
|Communication controller||netX||netX 100|
|Integrated Memory||RAM||8 MB SDRAM|
|FLASH||4 MB serial Flash|
|Power supply||Supply voltage||+3.3 V DC ± 5 %|
|Typical/maximum current||approx. 700 mA/750 mA (at 3.3 V)|
|Typical power consumption||approx. 2.5 W|
|Power connector||via system bus connector X1|
|System interface||Type||Parallel Dual-port memory interface|
|Connector||50-pin SMT, female connector|
|Pin distance||1.27 mm|
|Dual-port memory size||16 KByte|
|Data width||8/16 bit|
|Communication interface||Communication standard||Ethernet|
|Interface type||10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, potential-free|
|Auto cross over||supported|
|Connector||2 * RJ45 socket|
|Diagnostic interface||Type||UART or USB|
|Connector||Signal at host interface. Available only if integrated in host system.|
|Display||LED display||SYS System Status, green: RUN, yellow: RDY|
|COM0, COM1 Communication status, both green/red|
|TX/RX0, TX/RX1, Ethernet activity status, yellow|
|LINK0, LINK1, Ethernet link status, green|
|Environment||Ambient temperature range for operation||0 °C ... +65 °C (Air flow during measurment: 0,5 m/s)|
|Ambient temperature range for storage||-10 °C … +70 °C|
|Humidity range||10 % … 95 % relative humidity (non-condensing)|
|Device||Dimensions (L x W x H)||70 mm x 30 mm x 21.5 mm|
|Weight||approx. 35 g ... 40 g|
|Mounting||using screwable metal bolts, according to comX Design Guide|
|Conformance with EMC directives||CE sign||yes|
|Electrostatic discharge (ESD) according to EN 61000-4-2 (Contact discharge method)||EN 61000-4-2: ± 6 kV, Criterion B|
|Fast transient interferences (Burst) according to EN 61000-4-4||EN 61000-4-4: ± 2 kV, Criterion B (Communication lines, shielded)|
|Surge voltage according to EN 61000-4-5 (Communication and data lines)||EN 61000-4-5: 1 kV, Criterion A (Communication lines, shielded)|
|Product name||Part number||Brief description|
|COMX 100CA-RE/PLS V3||1531.100/PLS V3||Communication Module Dual-port memory - POWERLINK Controlled Node|
The comX communication module is a universal solution for upgrading devices with master or slave functionality. All modules are pin-compatible and have an identical software interface.
There are designs with an integrated network connector and designs in which the network interface is tied to the base board.