Can PXI or cRIO Be an EtherCAT Slave?

Updated Sep 17, 2018

Reported In

Hardware

  • NI-9144
  • NI-9145
  • cRIO ECAT S

Other

CompactRIO (cRIO), PXI, PXIe, EtherCAT, Windows PC

Issue Details

I want to use my real-time system (CompactRIO, PXI, PXIe) as an EtherCAT slave.

Solution

It is not currently possible to use PXI or cRIO chassis as an EtherCAT slave.

There are a few options for an EtherCAT slave

Additional Information

EtherCAT slave interfaces require special circuitry to operate properly, as well as licensing through the EtherCAT consortium.