Soft Servo Systems (Waltham, MA) offers the WMX general motion controller that simultaneously controls up to 64 axes and 64 channels with control functions on the EtherCAT platform. It can run as an EtherCAT master on a commercially available PC with a LAN (Ethernet) port and no specialized interface board. Compatible with Windows 7, the PC-based system includes the original EtherCAT Master stack with EtherCAT functionalities including DC Sync and Hot Connect. It also includes a license of RTX, the Windows real-time extension tool. The controller allows for development of an original motion controller with a Windows Class Library that supports up to 256 threads and includes over 500 API functions, including EtherCAT network management.

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