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Brad® PC Network Interface Cards Ease Transition to PC-based Platforms for Control and Visualization of High-Speed Systems

Molex Incorporated released today its next generation Brad® applicomIO fieldbus Network Interface Card (NIC), an all-in-one PC-based control solution for customers with limited knowledge of fieldbus technology. Molex will showcase the system at the IANA 2014 Conference, September 8 – 13, Chicago McCormick Center, booth E-4915. The applicomIO package provides the NIC, configuration software, development libraries and OPC data server in one complete package for successful, cost-effective implementation of control applications. The cards are ideal for robotic manufacturers, complex machine builders and system integrators looking to switch from dedicated DCSs (Distributed Control Systems) and PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) to a PC-based system.

“Automation or process-control end-users are increasingly moving to PCs for control and visualization of their high-speed custom systems. Our turnkey, all-in-one solution facilitates this shift by offering user-friendly configuration engineering software that enables quick development of communication applications without having to know complex industrial protocols,” said Eric Gory, product manager, Molex.

The system meets a large range of connectivity needs for both legacy and more recent Ethernet fieldbus protocols including PROFIBUS DP, CANopen, DeviceNet, Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET. Because the protocols have the ability to function in both master and slave modes, the cards can act as either a controller or a device on the network. The system supports up to eight cards plugged into a single PC and can run on various operating systems including the latest Windows versions (XP, 7, 8) as well as real-time OS (Linux, VxWorks*, QNX† and IntervalZero RTX). It features a single development library, which allows for one user application across all fieldbus protocols. Additionally, the onboard Ethernet port enables remote configuration and diagnostics in non-Windows operating systems while the simulation mode simplifies user application testing.

For more information on the Brad® applicomIO fieldbus Network Interface Card (NIC) please visit www.molex.com/bradnics.html. To receive information on other Molex products and industry solutions, please sign up for our e-nouncement newsletter at www.molex.com/link/register.

About Molex Incorporated

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Established in 1938, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries. The Molex website is www.molex.com. Follow us at www.twitter.com/molexconnectors, watch our videos at www.youtube.com/molexconnectors, connect with us at www.facebook.com/molexconnectors and read our blog at www.connector.com.

Molex is a registered trademark of Molex Incorporated

*VxWorks is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc.

†QNX is a trademark of QNX Software Systems Ltd

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