Deutschmann's "Unigate AS-i" gateways combine automation components with AS-Interface with many marketable fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet systems. The new protocol converter with AS-i master board are designed for Fast Ethernet, CAN open, Devicenet, Profibus DP, Profinet, Ethercat, Ethernet / IP and Modbus TCP.
Additional standards such as BAC net / IP will be added soon. The compact gateways for DIN rail mounting are powered by the AS-i and support the current Power 24 technology of the actuator-sensor interface. They are masters with the profile M-4 according to the specification v3.0 of the interface standard.
The gateways process AS-i data time-optimized towards the fieldbus. Individual adjustments are possible by users with the PC tool "Protocol Developer" create a script in a comfortable scripting language. The software does not require any special knowledge of programming or peculiarities of individual buses. Among the features that go beyond the specification is the inclusion of parameter calls in cycles where timing allows: the Input Image (PII) parameter is frequently updated to provide prompt status and diagnostic information. Diagnostic LEDs indicate the device status on both sides of the communication link. A Unigate AS-i basically uses the full transfer rate of the connected bus system and supports all speeds.