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Embedded PC CX9020

Embedded PC CX9020

The CX9020 is a compact, DIN rail-mountable Ethernet control system with 1 GHz ARM Cortex™-A8 CPU. The connection for the Beckhoff I/O systems is directly integrated into the CPU module. The unit offers automatic bus system identification (K-bus or E-bus) and independently switches in the corresponding mode.

The CX9020 comprises the CPU with two microSD card slots, the internal RAM and 128 kB NOVRAM as non-volatile memory. The basic configuration also includes two switched Ethernet RJ45 interfaces, four USB 2.0 interfaces and a DVI-D interface. The RJ45 interfaces are connected to an internal switch and offer a simple option for creating a line topology without the need for additional Ethernet switches.

The operating system is Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7. TwinCAT automation software transforms a CX9020 system into a powerful PLC and Motion Control system that can be operated with or without visualisation. Optionally, the unit can be ordered with a fieldbus, serial or audio interface.

The extended operating temperature range between -25 and +60 °C enables application in climatically demanding situations.

Embedded PC CX9000, CX9010

The CX9000 and CX9010 Embedded PCs offer a compact and high-performance yet cost-effective PLC and Motion Control system for DIN rail installation. Within the Beckhoff control world, they are positioned between the Bus Terminal Controller series BX and the Embedded PC CX1010.

The main feature of these units is the energy-saving Intel® IXP420 CPU with XScale® technology and the Microsoft Windows CE 5 operating system.

Two controllers with different processors are available:

CX9010: Intel® IXP420 with XScale® technology, 533 MHz

CX9000: Intel® IXP420 with XScale® technology, 266 MHz

They thus offer adequate computing capacity even for complex automation tasks. The CX9000 family requires no external storage media – the device boots the operating system from the internal flash. Due to the low power consumption, within the specified operating range no fan is required. The CX9000/CX9010 Embedded PCs require no rotating components. As usual for the CX series, the device features a modular mechanical design. In its basic configuration, the compact device only measures 58 x 100 x 91 mm.

The CX9000/CX9010 controllers are available in two versions: with K-bus for direct connection of Bus Terminals and as an E-bus version for direct connection of EtherCAT Terminals.

In the basic configuration, two RJ45 sockets that are internally connected to an integrated switch are available as interfaces. This simplifies wiring of several CX9000/CX9010 within a line topology. No separate switch hardware is required. The two externally accessible Ethernet ports are independent of the EtherCAT interface, which is served by a second MAC (Media Access Controller) provided by the CPU.

Further interfaces may be added ex factory as required: a screen display can be realised using a CX90x0-N010 device, i.e. a module combining DVI/VGA + 2 x USB 2.0. Because of the combination of DVI and USB, all types of Beckhoff Control Panels with DVI/USB interface can be used. Touch functionality is connected via USB. As further optional interfaces, two RS232 modules or two RS422/RS485 modules can be configured as COM1 and COM2. All serial interfaces are opto-decoupled. Mass storage in form of a Compact Flash card can be used via the CX9000-A001 module, which offers physical storage capacity in the range of several gigabytes.

TwinCAT 2 is used for programming the Embedded PCs as an automation device. The device itself contains the run-time environment for PLC (CX9000/CX9010) and Motion Control (CX9010). One of the two Ethernet interfaces is used as programming interface.

Microsoft Windows CE 5 enables the creation of fully graphic user programs, which are able to satisfy high expectations thanks to the graphics chip integrated in the CX9000/CX9010. The result is a compact Ethernet controller that enables short I/O cycle times in conjunction with EtherCAT Terminals and offers high-performance software in the form of Windows CE 5 and TwinCAT 2.