INtime is a product offered by TenAsys. It is a real-time kernel expanding a standard Windows PC system by adding hard real-time features according to industrial requirements. The INtime driver offers access to netX-based hardware (e.g. CIFX 50) with the same functionality as Windows and runs in a separate address space. The INtime driver provides a special version of the Windows CIFX application DLL that allows Windows applications to access the hardware via the INtime driver.
|Associated products||CIFX / COMX / netPLC / netJACK 100|
|Operating systems||Depends on the INtime version|
|Driver type||INtime version 3.1 / 4 / 5 / 6|
Opening and closing the driver
Initializing the PC cards
Accessing process data image
Reading status information
|Operating modes||Polling / Interrupt|
|Hardware support||PCI / PCIe|
|Other characteristics||Accessing hardware from Windows (non-real-time) possible|
|Product name||Part number||Brief description|
|NXDRV-INTIME||6211.050||CIFX/netX Device Driver for INtime|
Most operating systems require a device driver to integrate hardware components. Hilscher CIFX/COMX components require such device drivers as well. Hilscher offers a series of device drivers for a wide variety of operating systems. All Hilscher drivers have a standard user interface (CIFX-API) and are based on a C toolkit also usable for independent device driver development. The drivers are fully responsible for managing the communication components, including loading firmware and configuration files. The user interface contains all of the functions needed to initialize, parametrize, exchange I/0 data and acquire status information. Depending on the operating system, the user interface is contained in a DLL or library. As far as possible, the drivers support existing bus connections such as ISA, PCI, PCIe and dual-port memory connections. The C toolkit, and therefore the basis of the driver code, is designed in such a way that an unlimited number of communication components can be used simultaneously. However, the specific characteristics of each operating system must be taken into account.