The MP-8743 is a motion programmable automation controller (MPAC) combining the functionality and openness of a PC with the reliability and simplicity of a programmable logic controller (PLC). The price performance of the MPAC is unbeatable when compared with a PC, PLC, and DCS. The MP-8743 is designed for time-critical and deterministic operations. Its field of application is unlimited, including factory automation, building automation, machine automation, laboratory automation, chemical industry and environmental monitoring, M2M, etc.
The MP-8743 is part of the new generation of programmable automation controllers from ICP DAS USA. It is equipped with an AMD LX 800 CPU (500 MHz) or Atom Z510, a Windows Embedded CE6 Operating System, a variety of ports (VGA, USB, Ethernet, RS-232/RS-485) and either 3 or 7 slots for connecting high performance parallel-type I/O modules. Compared with the first generation of WinCON-8000, not only the CPU performance is improved, but also many additional reliability features are included, such as dual LAN, redundant power input, dual battery backup SRAM, etc.
Windows Embedded CE is a componentized, real-time, high performance, and highly reliable operating system. Windows CE 6 R3 delivers a rich user experience and a unique connection to Windows PCs, servers, services, and devices. The MP-8743 also supports the EzProg-I software development package offered by ICP DAS.
Main MPAC Components
1. Main Control Unit (MCU)
The MCU is the powerhouse of the MP-8743. Each MCU comprises a Central Processor Module (CPM), a power supply, and either a 3- or 7-slot backplane for I/O modules. The CPM is a powerful integrated processing engine comprising a CPU, RAM and ROM, and communication interfaces for Ethernet, RS-485, RS-232 and FRnet.
2. Embedded OS - Windows CE6
Windows CE 6 is the next generation of real-time OS offered by Microsoft. Windows CE 6 provides the software engineer with familiar tools and innovative technologies designed to reduce the development time of application software. The high performance and high reliability of the MP-8743 together with the Windows CE, makes the MP-8743 an ideal controller in an environment where time-critical performance is required. The Windows CE6 operating system kernel architecture supports up to 32,000 simultaneous processes, each of which runs in a 2GB virtual memory address space. This allows developers to incorporate a larger number of complex applications into the MP-8743.
3. I/O Modules
There are two types of I/O module: parallel and serial. The parallel modules (I-8K high profile series and motion series) are high-speed modules and have to be installed in the slots of the MP-8743. The serial I/O modules (I-87K high profile series) can either be installed in the slots (MP-343) or expansion units (RU-87Pn).
4. Remote I/O Expansion
The MP-8743 has built-in RS-485 and Ethernet ports to connect to remote I/O units (RU-87Pn/ET-87Pn) or I/O modules (I-7000/M-7000/ET-7000). By installing CAN or FRnet communication modules, the MP-8743 can exchange data with CAN bus devices, remote I/O units or FRnet I/O modules for deterministic control systems.
- AMD LX800 500 MHz CPU or Atom Z510 1.1 Ghz CPU
- Windows CE 6.0
- SQL Compact Edition 3.5
- EzProg-I Development Tools
- VGA Port Output
- Redundant Power Input
- Operating Temperature -25°C ~ +75°C (-13°F ~ +167°F)