Question & Answers

  • Where can I buy SOMANET products?

    Have you checked our product catalog? If you have already an idea about the architecture of your system, try out our System Designer and send us your inquiry.

  • What does Com, Core, Drive and IO stand for?

    Com, Core, Drive and IO are the 4 main types of stackable SOMANET hardware modules. A typical SOMANET node is stacked of a Com, Core and either a Drive or IO module, so a maximum of 3 modules.

    Com modules provide real protocol communication capabilities to a node. Some example of Com modules are Com EtherCAT and Com Serial.

    Core modules take care of carrying out all the computation of a node, different Core modules differentiate one another mainly by the amount and type of cores they contain.

    Drive modules feature all the necessary power electronics and sensor interfaces for driving motors. There are different power classes of Drive Modules, e.g. a SOMANET Drive 1000 is capable of driving a 3 phase (BLDC or PMSM) motor with up to 1000 Watts of continuous power.

    IO Modules provide various digital and analog IO interfaces.