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Kithara »Packet Toolkit« - Real-Time Ethernet Communication under Windows

03-09-2007 09:22 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: Kithara Software GmbH

Kithara »Packet Toolkit« - Real-Time Ethernet Communication

The Berlin company Kithara Software announces the new »Packet Toolkit«—a tool to realize Ethernet data communication in real-time. The mechanisms are usable very easily, because the compact API of the functions is available from the usual programming environment (C++ or Delphi).

In the last years Ethernet as a communication standard has captured, also in industry, huge areas. But especially real-time features, which are often required by industrial applications, are not easily available under Windows.

The »Packet Toolkit« avoids the slow Windows driver mechanisms. So, it provides the entire transmission bandwidth and allows immediate reaction to incoming data packets. It is usable, where industrial data communication is necessary to be done in real-time, especially in control engineering, drives and automation.

Software developers and engineers can for example replace conventional field bus technology or serial interfaces, because it is possible to communicate much faster and over considerably longer distances using Ethernet. This is helpful for fast data logging and measurement acquirement or industrial image processing.

The »Packet Toolkit« also allows the transport of raw Ethernet packets or IP packets and provides functions for CRC calculation and byte order conversion. It supports IP and MAC multicast and provides automatic address determination by ARP support.

The software requires specific hardware. At the moment are Fast Ethernet cards, e.g. with RealTek or Intel controllers, supported. Operation over Gigabit Ethernet is in preparation.

Windows operating systems including Windows Vista (32-bit) are supported. To simplify programming an interface for device communication (ReadFile, WriteFile, DeviceIoControl) is provided, which allows any desired device names or the generation of virtual COM ports.

The software will be delivered including application examples and is integrated in the product range Kithara »RealTime Suite«. The Website of Kithara Software GmbH provides a free demo version, further information and a current pricelist.

The Berlin company Kithara Software GmbH, founded 1996, has become a specialist for hardware dependent programming, real-time and communication solutions, especially for the Windows operating systems. Also, Kithara Software focuses on tools for driver development. The company provides real-time extensions for Windows to clients in a broad range of industrial automation. Kithara Software offers easy-to-use tools for hardware dependent programming for PCI and USB and expands the focus to real-time Ethernet communication, such as EtherCAT.

Kithara Software GmbH
Alte Jakobstr. 82
10179 Berlin
press contact: Claudia Gronert

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