On the process control level, the IoT speaks many idioms. With the SF1-STUDIO, EKF offers a versatile solution to this problem. The CompactPCI® Serial carrier board accommodates up to two mezzanine I/O adapter modules based on the PCI Express® Mini Card form factor, suitable for real-time industrial Ethernet and fieldbus applications. Up to four front panel I/O connectors are available for direct attachment of a variety of machines and systems. The SF1-STUDIO is optimized for Hilscher real-time Ethernet & fieldbus modules. Many popular protocols are supported. With respect to Ethernet, mezzanine modules are available for EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Open-Modbus/TCP, POWERLINK, PROFINET IO, Sercos, and VARAN. In addition, there are also I/O modules disposable for the classic interfaces Profibus DP, CANopen, DeviceNet and CC-Link. A suitable configuration of ports allows applications as bridge or router.
The SF1-STUDIO requires a single PCI Express® lane from the backplane, passed over across the backplane connector P1 to the on-board PCIe Gen2 packet switch (upstream port). Three downstream ports are connected to the PCIe Mini Card sockets, and the optional on-board USB host controller. The SF1-STUDIO is equipped with two PCI Express® Mini Card connectors according to the PCI-SIG Mini Card electromechanical specification Rev. 2.0, for usage with appropriate industrial I/O modules. A front panel assembly is available to each I/O module, providing the suitable I/O connectors.