MIKROE celebrates its 1000th Click board with the launch of EtherCAT Click
28 April 2021
Save months of development time; mikroBUS standard included on MCU development boards by Microchip, NXP, Infineon & others.
Embedded solutions company, MikroElektronika (MIKROE) has announced the launch of its 1000th Click board™, EtherCAT Click, which enables EtherCAT functionality to be cost-effectively delivered on various processors over the SPI interface.
MIKROE aims to dramatically cut development time for embedded solutions by providing innovative hardware and software products based on proven standards. MIKROE invented the 16-pin mikroBUS™ standard for sockets on a development board and the compact Click boards that use the standard ten years ago. CEO, Nebojsa Matic realised that all development boards are substantially similar: they all integrate a microcontroller, power supply, tact switches, LEDs and pins. The features that differentiate one development board from another are the peripherals: the UART, displays, RTC, relay, ADC, EPROM, and so on. Click boards enable design engineers to change peripherals easily, cutting months off development time.
MIKROE now releases a new Click board nearly every day at 10am, and many leading microcontroller companies including Microchip, NXP, Infineon, Dialog, STM, Analog Devices, Renesas and Toshiba, plus distributors such as Future Electronics and Avnet, now include the mikroBUS socket on their development boards. Matic comments: “Engineers must learn to value their time. They should be focused on increasing the quality of the whole project, rather than just seeing a small piece of it. Why spend two months in development when you could pay under $50 for a ready-made solution which will enable you to develop your code and prove the concept?”
EtherCAT Click, the 1000th Click board, features the LAN9252, a 2-port EtherCAT device controller with dual integrated Ethernet PHYs from Microchip Technology. Each PHY contains a full-duplex 100BASE-TX transceiver and supports 100Mbps operation. It communicates with an MCU via a synchronous SPI/SQI interface and can operate in digital I/O mode, allowing signals to be controlled or monitored by the EtherCAT Master. This Click board is suitable for industrial control, process/factory automation, hydraulic and pneumatic valve systems, power and many other applications.
MikroElektronika (MIKROE) is committed to changing the embedded electronics industry through the use of industry standard hardware and software solutions. In 2011, the company invented the mikroBUS development socket standard and the compact Click boards that use the standard to dramatically cut development time. Now the company offers 1,000+ Click boards – ten times more than competitors - and the mikroBUS standard is included by leading companies such as Microchip, NXP, Infineon, Dialog, Future Electronics, Avnet, STM, Analog Devices, Renesas and Toshiba on their development boards. Additionally, MIKROE is the world’s largest supplier of compilers and also provides development environments, development boards, smart displays and program debuggers.
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