All-in-one bus node

The pre-certified embedded communication interfaces can be directly integrated into the electronics of the terminal device. Changes in the firmware of the terminal device are not necessary. This is important, for instance, for those devices whose firmware is certified and therefore may not be altered. As an alternative to customer’s own developed interfaces, the UNIGATE IC family optimizes developments costs and time-to-market of the final product.

The compact embedded solution is available as a core component for Industry 4.0 for all common fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet standards PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, DeviceNET, as well as for Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP, CANopen and LonWorks. All of the devices, which are designed for various protocols, are pin compatible and can therefore be used flexibly and can be interchanged without additional effort. This thus allows quickly providing terminal devices with any desired bus for optimal integration into the environment.

The UNIGATE IC, which consists of microcontroller, Flash, RAM and all other components such as optocoupler and bus driver, is provided in a 32 DIL housing covering an area of 25 mm x 45 mm. The embedded solution can be connected via a UART interface to the microcontroller of the terminal device or can operate as stand-alone. The hardware development is reduced to integration of the IC socket and bus specific connectors.

The powerful all-in-one bus nodes can be programmed via the Deutschmann Automation developed script language. Therefore, more complex applications, which cannot be presented via a pure configuration, can be mapped. The Protocol Developer is a free tool for generation of the script. It is easy to use and specifically optimized to the bus communication. The scripts run on all UNIGATE IC variants.

Deutschmann Script language - Ultimate Flexibility

For more complex applications, which cannot be represented via a pure configuration, we offer the Deutschmann Script language for the flexible, proprietary protocol connection between the UNIGATE module and the terminal device. With the help of the free Deutschmann software Protocol Developer, you control the data traffic between the application and the bus system without having to change the firmware of the terminal.

Find out more about Protocol Developer

UNIGATE IC - Overview

  • 70-80% reduced development effort
  • Optimized Time-to-Market 
  • Assembly consists of standard components
  • Connection to the host processor via UART-interface or SPI
  • Expandable via the shift register interface
    • Stand-alone-mode (without processor applications)
    • LED activation, read-in of switch positions
    • Analog/digital converter (e.g. analog sensor, 4...20mA current loop)
  • Easy integration
  • Flexible connection with Deutschmann script language
  • Development of several Fieldbus / Industrial Ethernet protocols with one development
  • Complete Fast Ethernet interface
  • 10/100 Mbit/s
  • Isolated Fast Ethernet interface
  • IT functions: Web server, FTP server
  • Up to 1540 Bytes input- and 1540 Bytes output data
  • UART up to 625 kBaud

Technische Daten

Dimensions
(WxDxH in mm)

45 x 25 x 8 (without transformer)

45 x 25 x 11

Voltage supply

5V; 3,3V

Housing 32 DIL
Weight ca. 10 g
Current consumption Typ. 250mA
Oerating temperature Industrial temperature range -40°C up to +85°C
Storage-/Transport temperature -40°C ... +100°C
Ethernet Protocols TCP, UDP, IP, web server, FTP, ...
Interfaces 2x UART, 1x SPI, 1x Syn. serial
Technology W5100

Comparison Chart - UNIGATE IC-Fast Ehernet variants

Performance Characteristics UNIGATE IC-FE UNIGATE IC-FEX
Server-Side-Include (SSI) No Yes
RAM-Disk No Yes
RAW-Mode No Yes

Order data

Order designation Description Order number
UNIGATE IC-FE FEX, 5V All-In-One Single-Chip Interface für Fast Ethernet FEX, Version 5V V3722
UNIGATE IC-FE FEX, 3,3V All-In-One Single-Chip Interface für Fast Ethernet FEX, Version 3,3V V3766
UNIGATE IC-FE FEX, 3,3V without transformer All-In-One Single-Chip Interface for Fast Ethernet, Version 3,3V without transformer V4058
UNIGATE IC-FE, 5V All-In-One Single-Chip Interface for Fast Ethernet, Version 5V V3419
UNIGATE IC-FE, 3,3V All-In-One Single-Chip Interface for Fast Ethernet, Version 3,3V V3691
UNIGATE IC-FE, 5V without transformer All-In-One Single-Chip Interface for Fast Ethernet, Version 5V without transformer V3709
UNIGATE IC-FE, 3,3V without transformer All-In-One Single-Chip Interface for Fast Ethernet, Version 3,3V without transformer V3963