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INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe interface

Versatile industrial Ethernet PC interface with multi-protocol support

Ixxat INpact allows you to connect a PC to any industrial network. It combines proven Anybus technology with years of Ixxat know-how in the area of PC interfaces.
The Common Ethernet variant provides a common platform for various industrial Ethernet protocols, like PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus-TCP, EtherCAT and Powerlink. The communication software for the selected network can easiely be downloaded to the interface.
Ixxat INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe
Ixxat INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe
Ixxat INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe


  • One board for all common industrial Ethernet networks
  • Easy switching between protocols through a standardized API
  • Fast time to market, with minimal development efforts required
  • Easy integration thanks to different form factors
  • High performance for demanding real-time applications
  • Future-proof solution based on proved Ixxat and Anybus technologies

General Ethernet Interface Features

  • Two Ethernet ports with Ethernet RJ45 connectors
  • 10/100 Mbit, full/half duplex operation
  • Web server with customizable content
  • FTP server
  • E-mail client
  • JSON functionality
  • Server Side Include (SSI) functionality
  • Transparent Socket Interface


Multi-Protocol approach

The Ixxat INpact Common Ethernet enables easy connection of PC based slave applications to various industrial Ethernet networks, such as

PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, EtherCAT, Powerlink
  • EtherNet/IP
  • EtherCAT
  • Powerlink
  • Modbus TCP

The software for the various protocols can easily be downloaded to the interface. This highly flexible approach allows easy switching between all available protocols in a quick and cost-efficient manner without any additional costs.

The multi-network capability of INpact is based on HMS’ proven Anybus CompactCom technology used within millions of automation devices globally. The network connection is made through a 2-port Ethernet interface (10/100 Mbit, RJ45), which also supports protocol specific switch functions – such as IRT for PROFINET, DLR for EtherNet/IP and Hub for Powerlink.

The efficient FPGA-based Anybus NP40 network processor handles the communication, providing all functions required to process the communication between the different Industrial Ethernet networks and the PC-based application.

Easy and protocol independent programming

The INpact cards comes with a comprehensive C-API based driver package for Windows – enabling simple and rapid development of customer-specific applications – and with drivers for Linux. Thanks to the uniform application programming interface, it is possible to switch quickly between industrial Ethernet protocols without extensive programming, which leads to increased flexibility and a reduction in terms of development costs.

Operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX are supported upon request./p>

Technische gegevens
  INpact CE Slave PCIe
Standard/Low Profile
INpact CE Slave PCIe
Field bus interface Two Ethernet ports, 100/10 Mbit Two Ethernet ports, 100/10 Mbit
PC interfaces PCI Express single lane port (x1) according
to PCI Express base specification, revision 1.1
Mini PCI Express (x1)
Network handling Anybus NP40 Anybus NP40
Power supply Via PCIe socket (3.3 V / 12 V DC) Via PCIe (3.3 V)
Current consumption Typ. 270 mA / 3.3 V DC, 110 mA / 12 V DC Typ. 600 mA / 3.3 V DC
Form factor Standard height / low profile PCI Full Mini Card form factor
Operating temperature range 0 °C to 70 °C
Option: -40 °C to 70° C
-40 °C to 60 °C
Galvanic isolation 1,500 Vrms 1,500 Vrms
Dimensions 64 x 105 mm 30 x 50.95 x 12 mm (with cable)
Weight ± 52 g ± 26 g (board, cable, bus interface)
Contents of delivery
- XXAT INpact PC board (Mini version with additional bus interface board and cable)
- Product CD with firmware for all supported industrial Ethernet protocols
- Windows, Linux, QNX and INtime driver software
- User Manual

Part number(s)

INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe Standard Profile 2x RJ45
INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe Standard Profile 2x RJ45
INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe Low Profile 2x RJ45
INpact Common Ethernet Slave PCIe Low Profile 2x RJ45
INpact Common Ethernet Slave Mini PCI Express
with connection cable and bus coupling unit 2x RJ45
INpact Common Ethernet Slave Mini PCI Expresswith connection cable and bus coupling unit 2x RJ45

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