Beckhoff PCIe modules are based on a new definition of highly integrated PCI Express plug-in cards and follow the trend towards ever smaller PCs. The functions of previous PC plug-in cards will be placed by devices with a more compact format. Compared with PCI or PCIe plug-in cards the Beckhoff PCIe module is an industrialised solution that is optimised for industrial applications and is firmly attached to the inside of the PC via a plug connector bracket.
The 3½-inch CB3052 motherboard from Beckhoff reads up to four PCI Express channels and distributes the signals to the PCIe module slots or standard plug-in card slots. This results in PCs that can be designed with module slots and/or slots for plug-in cards. A PCIe module is connected to the motherboard via a PCI Express channel with a data transfer rate of 2 gigabit.
The first PCIe module presented by Beckhoff is the FC9062 module with two gigabit Ethernet ports. The module complements the Beckhoff CP62xx Panel PC series as well as the C6515, C6525 and C6930 control cabinet PCs with two Ethernet ports. These PCs can then have up to seven Ethernet interfaces. Areas of application include automation solutions with EtherCAT or CP-Link 3, which facilitates Ethernet-based desktop transfer to different Panel PCs.