As part of the Windows Embedded Partner programme Microsoft awarded Beckhoff the status of Gold Partner. Gold status is the highest and most exclusive level of the Microsoft partner programme. To qualify as Gold Partners, companies have to demonstrate above-average know-how and first rate embedded technology knowledge.
As a Gold Partner Beckhoff gains a more intensive access to Microsoft technologies at an early stage. This enables optimum integration of Beckhoff automation products into the 'Microsoft world'. The partnership continues to drive the technological convergence between IT and automation technology and leads to a significant increase in product development speed.
Beckhoff uses embedded operating systems in IPCs for different performance classes – products include modular Embedded PCs, compact Panel PCs, and traditional Industrial PCs.
With its PC-based control technology, Beckhoff can boast long-standing experience and advanced technologies in the embedded segment. The TwinCAT automation software enables real-time control systems to be realised under Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE. EtherCAT, the real-time Ethernet technology developed by Beckhoff, is also successfully deployed in combination with Windows operating systems.