Sixnet’s IPm evaluation kit helps demonstrate ideas

Sixnet reports that it’s offering an easy way for system integrators, OEMs, and end-users to test Linux IPm technology and their unique ideas.


Sixnet reports that it’s offering an easy way for system integrators, OEMs, and end-users to test Linux IPm technology and their unique ideas. The company’s IPm-Demo-1 is prewired and ready to plug in. Highlights include a VersaTrak IPm RTU; ST-MIX16880 combination I/O Module; and a 60-day software license. Sixnet says the convenient demo package allows users to try "the most open and flexible automation and control system in the world." IPm-Demo-1 also comes with full Sixnet software.

The kit’s VersaTrak IPm RTU includes ISaGRAF IEC 61131-3 and open-source programming, as well as Ethernet, four serial ports, more than 32 Megabytes of fast memory, and a Linux-based industrial PowerPC. The combination I/O module, with its pre-wired screw terminal base, has a total of 16 discrete inputs, eight discrete outputs, and eight analog inputs. The unit has a 24 V dc industrial power supply and pre-attached ac line cord, along with pre-wired analog sensors and discrete switches for simulating inputs. All these components are packaged in a rugged, 14 x 12-in, NEMA 4X fiberglass enclosure.

Meanwhile, Sixnet’s I/O Tool Kit includes all options and is ready to configure and test systems. This includes datalogging, advanced I/O transfers, and exporting I/O definitions to preferred HMI/SCADA software. The IPm-Demo-1 also includes the IPm Application Development Kit (IADK), which allows users to write their own applications to run in the IPm RTU. A remote debugger is also provided to perform diagnostics from Linux.

—Jim Montague, news editor, Control Engineering,


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