EC-Win: Windows EtherCAT real-time platform

Windows EtherCAT Solution

EC-Win provides an industry proven open EtherCAT real-time platform for Windows systems. Thus it is possible to create extremely fast, deterministic real-time solutions that are based on this leading real-time Ethernet technology. Typical applications are motion controllers, PLC controllers or real-time measurement applications up to 20 kHz cycle. Core component of EC-Win is the powerful EC-Master Stack which was specifically optimized to match with the proven and reliable acontis Windows hypervisor and real-time technology, respectively.

EC-Win: The powerful real-time EtherCAT programming environment for Windows; a one-stop, single-source solution with an attractive price.

Key Features

  • Win32 real-time platform with Microsoft® Visual Studio® support for the non-real-time and real-time part of the software
  • High speed: No interrupt latency impact
  • EtherCAT Master Stack
  • High Performance EtherCAT Drivers
  • Distributed Clocks synchronization driver embedded into the hypervisor to achieve optimal EtherCAT synchronization
  • EtherCAT Configuration and Diagnosis

The Windows Real-time Platform

  • Available for Windows XP and Windows 7, 32-Bit and Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Hypervisor: Windows and the real-time part (operating system) are safely separated
  • Win32 programming environment available for the real-time part (preemptive multitasking, threads, events, semaphores, mutexes, ...).
  • Fast high resolution system timer (resolution below 10 nanoseconds). Interrupt frequencies up to 25 kHz can be achieved
  • SMP Support (symmetric multiprocessing): Using multiple CPU cores for both, Windows and/or the real-time part is possible. This is especially important for quad core CPUs etc.
  • Virtual TCP/IP network between Windows and the real-time part. Thus the full functionality of the EtherCAT diagnosis features can be used
  • Comfortable development and debugging environment using Microsoft® Visual Studio®
  • Powerful graphical real-time analyzer tool


EC-Win: Windows EtherCAT real-time platform


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