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CIFX/netX Device Driver for RTX

Support for Windows Real-Time-Extension

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At a glance

  • Standard application interface
  • Based on the CIFX toolkit
  • Not dependent of the Fieldbussystem
  • Number of supported devices limited only by the real-time extension
  • One driver for all fieldbus systems
  • Driver configured using Windows Registry export file or direct registry access

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IntervalZero’s RTX® is a real-time extension for the Microsoft Windows operating systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server and Windows Vista. The CIFX driver for RTX allows access to Hilscher netX based components (CIFX/COMX/netPLC/netJACK 100) with the same functionalities as those used by the CIFX Windows driver. It consists of a dynamic link library (RTDLL) that contains the CIFX toolkit. User programs accessing the driver functions by using LoadLibrary() and GetProcAddress() requests.

Technical Details

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Product namePart numberBrief description
NXDRV-RTX6211.070CIFX/netX Device Driver for RTX

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.