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  • Synapticon is a dynamic international company based in Schönaich (Stuttgart)/Germany, with offices in Redwood City/California, Shanghai/China and Belgrade/Serbia. Our mission is to rethink and deliver solutions for embedded computing and control systems to improve the future progression of robotics, automation and the internet of things. We are committed to expediting technical progress and integrate it into products and services that enable our customers to provide leading-edge, high-quality products. Our team is comprised of technology enthusiasts from all over the world, with expertise in various areas of engineering and management. Our common passion is to develop advanced technologies, sophisticated products, serve customers in challenging projects and to build an innovative as well as sustainable corporation.
Product Portfolio
  • TECHNOLOGY

  • ROBOTICS EMBEDDED
    Synapticon provides a comprehensive portfolio of motion control-related technology to robot OEMs. The platform comprises the full stack of elements required by modern robotic products, from Robotic Drives & IO hardware to Motion Planning & Control software.
      • SMART SOFTWARE ENABLING ECONOMIC HARDWARE

      • Synapticon‘s approach is to lower the cost of mechanical hardware by controlling quality-influencing physical factors in software. The basic principle of this is to combine the computation of models of the physics of a drive, such as the phase characteristics of the motor and the backlash of the reducer, with high-resolution and high-speed sensing of corresponding physical metrics. This way, Synapticon‘s drive control technology is able to substantially improve the performance and quality, from eliminating unwanted disturbing torque effects of low-cost motors to virtually adjusting the backlash of cycloidic reducers.
      • CONFIGURABLE REAL-TIME PERFORMANCE

      • Synapticon SOMANET SoCs are based on xCore and ARM processor architectures and offer 8 to 32 programmable 32bit RISC cores per chip. This highly parallel, hard real-time technology, combined with a broad range of SOMANET Soft IP Blocks, enables to integrate dedicated industrial communication, sensor data acquisition and motor control in a single device. Using SOMANET SoCs, a board design can be easily scaled by adding more instances of an application to a System-on-Chip, for example multiple motor controllers. If more resources are required than a single device can offer, multiple devices can be connected through xConnect interface technology. Learn more about the xCore architecture from our technology partner XMOS.
      • SEAMLESS PROTOTYPE TO MASS PRODUCT

      • Rapidly start building your prototype with LINK Integrated Drives, quickly configure custom control systems with SOMANET Modules and realize your series design using SOMANET SoCs. With Synapticon’s Embedded Robotics Platform, the formerly long, multi-phase process from early conceptual R&D until mass production becomes a seamless flow.
      • ROS IS OUR MOTHER TONGUE

      • Synapticon is a born ROS community member and early supporter of ROS Industrial, ROS for Products and, as a result, ROS 2 efforts. We consider ROS the lubricant for most robotic innovations since 2010 and the glueware for a continously growing number of robotic end-products. Synapticon SOMANET and LINK motion control and drive products are ROS compatible and Synapticon LONA autonomous navigation is based on ROS.
    • APPLICATIONS

    • Synapticon's technology is enabling the world of robotics
        • Traditional Robot Arms

        • Collaborative Robot Arms

        • Professional Service Robots & AGVs

        • Consumer Robotics

      • PRODUCTS: INTELLIGENT ROBOTIC MOTION

      • Everything robot designers and robot OEMs need to make their products move, perform and excel. FROM PROTOTYPE TO MASS PRODUCT

        To produce 10 or 100.000 systems a year? Affording time to develop electromechanics from scratch or rather focus on product design and software innovation? Invest in seamless mechanical integration or better use a standard and be fast? Robotic products and the companies developing and producing them are highly diverse. Finally there is a drive and IO component platform that adopts to their individual needs. Enabling a seamless flow from prototype to mass product, with Synapticon you can choose the physical state of your control system as you go.

          • Somanet

          • ROBOTIC MOTION CONTROL
            SOMANET is the heart of Synapticon’s Embedded Robotics Platform. The product line comprises SOMANET Modules and SOMANET SoCs, offering ready-to-use as well as customizable servo drive and IO components and a corresponding multi-axis motion control API. SOMANET is completed by the Robot Arm Motion Control Suite, a fully featured robot arm control and programming solution, developed in collaboration with our technology partner Vectioneer.
              • DRIVE & IO MODULES

              • THE ESSENCE OF INTELLIGENT ROBOTIC MOTION
                Electric drives are the foundation of robotics. Sensor data is what fuels advanced robotics. Synapticon SOMANET‘s smart sensor-driven control software and cutting-edge inverter hardware increase the performance and lower the cost of robotic drives and electromechanics. Your next robotic vision has just come a big step closer.
                  • STANDARD MODULES

                  • A SOMANET Node can be configured using three modules: processor (Core), communication (Com) and Drive or IO module. For each of those module types there is a variety of options available, supporting any robotic control application from simple sensor data acquisition up to sophisticated multi-axis motion control.
                  • DECENTRALIZE AND END THE CABLING NIGHTMARE

                  • With a power stage density of only 10 cm² per 1kW, Synapticon servo drives are among the most compact power electronics in the world. This allows for the drives to be integrated right next to the motors in a robotic arm or a mobile base. Adding integrated safety functions, IOs and advanced sensor data acquisition, the number of wires reduces from hundreds to only six: one DC power bus and one communication line. Expensive shielding and wear protection becomes obsolete. Cables never need to be maintained again. Product design becomes simpler. Robot production becomes much cheaper.
                  • HIGH-DEFINITION MEASUREMENTS FOR GREAT EFFICIENCY

                  • Who sees more is in better control: High-speed and high-resolution motor phase monitoring is the base for Synapticon’s Model-Predictive Field-Oriented Motor Control technology. Constantly computing a model of the connected motor, this software always holds a spectrum of control strategies to adopt to the current load situation and perfectly respond to the motor’s exact geometry. The result: perfectly smooth and quiet drives as well as lowest heat-dissipation.
                  • LOW-VOLTAGE = HIGH INTEGRATION DENSITY

                  • Mobile robots run on batteries. Collaborative robot arms need to be intrinsically safe for humans. Beyond these obvious reasons to prefer low-voltage (< 60 Volt) over higher voltage drives, comes Synapticon's progressive, miniaturized inverter designs that use the most advanced power switches available. Don't be afraid of thicker cables: even though the currents are higher and individual power bus wires are wider, the daisy-chained two DC bus wires and one communication line are still much more compact than the ones of traditional, centralized higher voltage drive systems.
                  • INTELLIGENCE TO THE DRIVES!

                  • Synapticon drives can interface to a broad range of feedback encoders, torque and force sensors or even can read touch-sensitive skins and interpret LiDAR data. As they also allow advanced users to run custom software code locally, the implementation of reflexes based on sensor data events and the calculation of kinematics become possible on the servo drive.
                  • OBLAC TOOLS

                  • With Synapticon‘s OBLAC Drive Tool, configuring and tuning a SOMANET Node to work with any BLDC/PMSM motor from any manufacturer is very easy.
                  • CUSTOM MODULE DESIGNS

                  • There can be many reasons why a standard module doesn’t fit an application. Special feature requirements that are not covered by the standard SOMANET Modules, low cost targets particularly in mass applications, need for tight mechanical integration: Synapticon‘s SOMANET SoCs, being also at the heart of a standard SOMANET Node, enable for custom designs. Synapticon’s Custom Design Services are there to carry out this development for you fast and efficiently. High-volume customers have the option to perform design and production of custom SOMANET Modules in-house with own resources: SOMANET hardware and software source files are being made available to such clients and SOMANET SoCs are supplied to their in-house production.
                • ROBOT ARM CONTROL

                • MULTI-AXIS MOTION & PROGRAMMING
                  Vectioneer‘s Robot Arm Motion Control Suite is a highly innovative, fully featured robot arm control and programming solution, developed in close collaboration with Synapticon from its inception.
                      • INCLUDED FEATURES

                      • MOTORCORTEX ENGINE
                        • High-Performance Real-time Database and Parameter Server
                        • Real-time Communication Middleware, with programming bindings for C++, Javascript and Python3
                        • Loading and saving parameters

                        ROBOT MOTION CONTROL
                        • Manual Mode
                        • Automatic Mode
                        • Trajectory Generator
                        • Motion Command Language, with support for the following commands:
                          • MOVEL; cartesian point-to-point motion with limited speed and acceleration, optional smoothing parameter for blending consecutive MOVEL commands
                          • MOVEJ; joint space motion with limited speed and acceleration
                          • WAIT; waits for an input or a timeout value
                          • SETOUT

                        ROBOT LOGIC
                        • Robotic Logic, Mode and State switching
                        • Error handler
                        • Logging

                        APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE
                        • Motion Command Interface
                        • Data Interface
                        • Python3 Client bindings and examples
                        • Javascript Client bindings and examples
                        • C/C++ Client bind

                        ROBOT GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

                        • Web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) Client Framework
                        • GUI runs on Android or Apple Tablets (tablet not included), or laptop or desktop PCs that support Chrome version 59 or later.
                        • Program Manager
                        • Online Documentation
                        • Teaching Interface (Manual mode operation)
                        • Programming Interface (Development Environment)
                        • Motion Debugger
                        • 3D Visualization

                        ROBOT TASK MODULES

                        • Palletizing App
                  • Somanet Servo Drives

                  • SOMANET Nodes are fully assembled and tested, ready-to-use SOMANET Module combinations.
                      • SOMANET Servo Node 1000 EtherCAT

                      • Featuring Com EtherCAT, Core C2X and Drive 1000, the SOMANET Servo Node 1000 EtherCAT controls and drives one permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM, BLDC) up to 1000 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive two brushed DC motors of the same wattage.

                        SOMANET Servo Nodes: Meet the most compact and flexible embedded EtherCAT Servo Drives.


                        • Number of PMSM (BLDC) / brushed DC motors : 1 / 2
                        • Supply voltage nominal / max :12 - 48 / 55 V DC
                        • Rated input current / phase current : 22 A / 32 A RMS
                        • Maximum phase current : Software control: 40A; Hardware protection: 53A (> 14us)
                        • Rated continuous output power :1000 W
                        • Efficiency : 98%
                        • Position feedback sensor support (2 ports) : Hall, Incremental Encoder (QEI, ABI, ABC), BiSS-C, SSI, SPI
                        • Analog inputs (auxiliary) : 4 × configurable (0-5 V, 0-10 V, 0-20 V, ±5 V, ±10 V)
                        • Digital inputs : 6 × GPIO / SPI / I²C

                         
                      • SOMANET Servo Node 250 EtherCAT

                      • Featuring Com EtherCAT, Core C2X and Drive 250, the SOMANET Servo Node 250 EtherCAT controls and drives one permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM, BLDC) up to 250 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive two brushed DC motors of the same wattage.

                        SOMANET Servo Nodes: Meet the most compact and flexible embedded EtherCAT Servo Drives.

                        • Number of brushless / brushed DC motors : 1 / 2
                        • Supply voltage nominal / max : 12 - 48 / 60 V DC
                        • Rated input current / phase current : 5.5 A / 8 A (RMS)
                        • Maximum continuous output power : 250 W
                        • Efficiency : 98%
                        • Position feedback sensor support (2 ports) : Hall, Incremental Encoder (QEI, ABI, ABC), BiSS-C, SSI, SPI
                        • Analog inputs (auxiliary) : 4 × configurable (0-5 V, 0-10 V, 0-20 V, ±5 V, ±10 V)
                        • Digital inputs : 6 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                      • SOMANET Servo Node 50 Duo EtherCAT

                      • Featuring Com EtherCAT, Core C2X and Drive 50 Duo, the SOMANET Servo Node 50 Duo EtherCAT controls and drives two permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM, BLDC) up to 50 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive three brushed DC motors of the same wattage.

                        SOMANET Servo Nodes: Meet the most compact and flexible embedded EtherCAT Servo Drives.


                        • Number of brushless / brushed DC motors : 2 / 2
                        • Supply voltage nominal : 12-48 V DC
                        • Rated input current / phase current : 2.5A / 3.5A (RMS)
                        • Maximum output power : 50 W
                        • On-board voltage regulator : 5 V DC, ±10V (Node supply)
                        • Number of current sensors : 3 (Shunt)/Motor
                        • Position feedback sensor support (4 ports) : 2 x Hall, 2 x Incremental Encoder (ABIQ) + BiSS-C Absolute (Configurable)
                        • Analog inputs : 4 inputs Diff/Single (+Active filters), ±5V, 0~10V, 0~5V
                        • Digital inputs/outputs : 4 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                    • Somanet Encoders

                    • High-resolution magnetic encoders for position sensing in robotic motion control applications.
                        • SOMANET Sense REM 14

                        • Synapticon’s encoder series feature high-resolution magnetic sensors, dramatically reducing complexity and cost of robotic motion control position sensing solutions.

                          The REM 14 is a low-cost magnetic rotary encoder for applications without multi-turn requirements. A magnetic hall effect-based sensor combined with an N/S magnet mounted on the rotating shaft serves as the main source of angle information. The single-turn position is absolute and low-latency, so it is well suited both for motor commutation and positioning applications. The sensor comes with on-board signal processing, providing signal filtering functions and calibration routines. Its working principle is robust and widely resistant to external magnetic fields.

                          • Single-turn absolute position sensing : YES
                          • Multi-turn absolute position sensing : NO
                          • Single turn resolution : 14 bit
                          • Update frequency : 14 kHz
                          • Communication protocol : SPI, emulated QEI, emulated Hall
                          • Operation Voltage : 5V DC
                        • SOMANET Sense REM 16 MT

                        • Synapticon’s encoder series feature high-resolution magnetic sensors, dramatically reducing complexity and cost of robotic motion control position sensing solutions.

                          The REM 16MT multi-turn encoder features energy harvesting technology for battery-free multi-turn functionality. A magnetic hall effect-based sensor combined with an N/S magnet mounted on the rotating shaft serves as the main source of angle information. The single-turn position is absolute, low-latency and timestamped, so it is well suited both for motor commutation and positioning applications. The sensor comes with on-board signal processing, providing signal filtering functions and calibration routines. Its working principle is robust and widely resistant to external magnetic fields.

                          • Single-turn absolute position sensing : YES
                          • Multi-turn absolute position sensing : YES
                          • Single turn resolution : 65535 absolute positions per revolution (16 bit)
                          • Multi turn resolution : 4096 revolutions (12 bit)
                          • Update frequency : 14 kHz
                          • Communication protocol : Proprietary over SPI
                          • Overall latency (incl. SPI communication) : < 70 µs
                          • Operation Voltage : 5V DC
                      • Somanet Modules

                          • System Kits

                          • System Kits contain SOMANET modules for one or more axes as well as all required accessories, such as cables.
                                • SOMANET Evaluation Kit Drive 1000 EtherCAT

                                • This System Kit serves for the evaluation of SOMANET for Servo Drives. It combines an assembled and industry-grade tested SOMANET Servo Node featuring Com EtherCAT, Core C2X and Drive 1000 and all required accessories. This Kit allows you to test SOMANET with permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM/BLDC) of various sizes up to 1000 W (48V/20A) and integrate them as slaves in your EtherCAT system.

                                  Please note this Kit is not for multi-axis setups or volume purchases. Refer to SOMANET Servo Nodes to purchase quantities larger than 1.

                                  SOMANET Servo Nodes: Meet the most compact and flexible embedded EtherCAT Servo Drives.


                                  • Number of PMSM (BLDC) / brushed DC motors : 1 / 2
                                  • Supply voltage nominal / max : 12 - 48 / 55 V DC
                                  • Rated input current / phase current : 22 A / 32 A RMS
                                  • Maximum phase current : Software control: 40A; Hardware protection: 53A (> 14us)
                                  • Rated continuous output power : 1000 W
                                  • Efficiency : 98%
                                  • Position feedback sensor support (2 ports) : Hall, Incremental Encoder (QEI, ABI, ABC), BiSS-C, SSI, SPI
                                  • Analog inputs (auxiliary) : 4 × configurable (0-5 V, 0-10 V, 0-20 V, ±5 V, ±10 V)
                                  • Digital inputs : 6 × GPIO / SPI / I²C

                                   
                            • Core Modules

                            • Core modules are the heart of a SOMANET stack, as they carry the SOMANET SoC that runs firmware and application.
                                • SOMANET Core C2X

                                • Core modules are the heart of every SOMANET node. The SOMANET Core C2X module features one dual-core SOMANET C4X processor, having the huge computational resources of 16 deterministic real-time hardware cores while consuming less than 1 Watt.

                                  Integrated with the Core C2X, we can find two DX-Link ports. These two ports enable SOMANET Core modules to communicate with each other directly over their processor bus (X-Link). From a software perspective, no communication protocols are required, enabling developers to create distributed applications without needing to care for communication issues. Using SOMANET DX-Links, a distributed system can be programmed as if it was a single-board system. Requiring no additional MAC, DX-LVDS is the lowest-power consuming communication option available for SOMANET.

                                  • Number of 32-bit processor cores : 2
                                  • Number of real-time hardware threads (total / per core) : 16 / 8
                                  • Core clock frequency : 500 MHz
                                  • Maximum clock frequency usable by single thread : 100 MHz
                                  • Minimum guaranteed clock frequency per thread : 63 MHz
                                  • Maximum inter-core bus speed : 250 Mbit/s
                                  • Typical power consumption : 570 mW
                                  • Distributed SRAM size : 2x 256 kByte
                                  • Flash memory size : 16 Mbit
                                  • Supply voltage : 5 V DC
                                  • On-board voltage regulators : 3.3, 1.0 V DC
                                  • Auxiliary supply option available : Yes (Molex Flexi-Mate)
                                  • LVDX Connector type : JST SUR series 10-pin
                                  • Debug Connector type : JST SUR series 12-pin
                                • SOMANET Core C4X

                                • Core modules are the heart of every SOMANET node. The SOMANET Core C4X module features one quad-core SOMANET C4X processor, having the huge computational resources of 16 deterministic real-time hardware cores while consuming less than 1.5 Watt.

                                  Integrated with the Core C4X, we can find two X-Link ports. These two ports enable SOMANET Core modules to communicate with each other directly over their processor bus (X-Link). From a software perspective, no communication protocols are required, enabling developers to create distributed applications without needing to care for communication issues. Using SOMANET DX-Links, a distributed system can be programmed as if it was a single-board system. Requiring no additional MAC, DX-LVDS is the lowest-power consuming communication option available for SOMANET.

                                  • Number of 32-bit processor cores : 4
                                  • Number of real-time hardware threads (total / per core) : 32 / 8
                                  • Core clock frequency : 500 MHZ
                                  • Maximum clock frequency usable by single thread : 100 MHz
                                  • Minimum guaranteed clock frequency per thread : 63 MHz
                                  • Maximum inter-core bus speed : 250 Mbit/s
                                  • Typical power consumption : 1140 mW
                                  • Distributed SRAM size : 4x 256 kByte
                                  • Flash memory size : 16 Mbit
                                  • Supply voltage : 5 V DC
                                  • On-board voltage regulators : 3.3, 1.0 V DC
                                  • Auxiliary supply option available : Yes (Molex Flexi-Mate)
                                  • LVDX Connector type : JST SUR series 10-pin
                                  • Debug Connector type : JST SUR series 12-pin
                              • Communication Modules

                              • Communication modules equip a SOMANET stack with industrial-grade communication interfaces.
                                  • SOMANET Com EtherCAT

                                  • High performance and time critical systems such as traditional or collaborative robotics rely on fast communication with high user data rate.

                                    SOMANET Com EtherCAT is a compact full-fledged EtherCAT controller with Ethernet transceivers and magnetics on-board. It features all necessary hardware to quickly integrate EtherCAT slave nodes on a network.

                                    Use a motion control suite as master such as the IgH EtherCAT Master for Linux or TwinCAT for Windows.

                                    • Number of EtherCAT ports : 2
                                    • FMMU’s : 8
                                    • SYNC manager : 8
                                    • Distributed clocks : Yes (64bits)
                                    • DPRAM : 8 kbyte
                                    • Configuration memory : 16 kbyte
                                    • Interface to Core board : 16 bit
                                    • Typical power consumption : 500 mW
                                    • Distributed SRAM size : 4x 64 kByte
                                    • Ethernet connectors : Molex PicoBlade 5-pin
                                    • Ethernet magnetics on-board : Yes
                                    • Supply voltage : 3.3 V DC*

                                      * Provided by Core via Com connector.
                                  • SOMANET Com Ethernet

                                  • SOMANET Com Ethernet is a perfect match for complex robot control systems featuring various types of sensors and actuators, for example, autonomous service robots. It offers a lightweight, easy to integrate, easy to customize and cost-effective communication solution based on standard Ethernet technology.

                                    Choose from predefined protocols for motion and IO devices, or design your own protocol with help of the SOMANET SDK for maximum flexibility.

                                    Ethernet communication technology is state-of-the-art for future-proof autonomous systems and is compatible with standard PC systems.

                                    • Number of Ethernet ports : 2
                                    • Speed of the ports : 100 Mbit/s
                                    • Interface to Core board : 2x RMI
                                    • IEEE 1588-compliant : Yes
                                    • Ethernet connectors : Molex PicoBlade 5-pin
                                    • Ethernet magnetics on-board : Yes
                                    • Clock on-board : Yes, on request
                                    • Supply voltage : 3.3 V DC*

                                    * Provided by Core via COM connector.
                                • Drive Modules

                                • Power electronics to turn a SOMANET stack into a servo drive for DC, BLDC and PMSM motors.
                                    • SOMANET Drive 1000

                                    • The SOMANET Drive 1000 drives one permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM, BLDC) up to 1000 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive two brushed DC motors of the same wattage.

                                      SOMANET Modules: Meet the most powerful embedded robotic control system platform.

                                      • Number of PMSM (BLDC) / brushed DC motors : 1 / 2
                                      • Supply voltage nominal / max : 12 - 48 / 55 V DC
                                      • Rated input current / phase current : 22 A / 32 A RMS
                                      • Maximum phase current : Software control: 40A; Hardware protection: 53A (> 14us)
                                      • Rated continuous output power : 1000 W
                                      • Efficiency : 98%
                                      • Position feedback sensor support (2 ports) : Hall, Incremental Encoder (QEI, ABI, ABC), BiSS-C, SSI, SPI
                                      • Analog inputs (auxiliary) : 4 × configurable (0-5 V, 0-10 V, 0-20 V, ±5 V, ±10 V)
                                      • Digital inputs : 6 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                                    • SOMANET Drive 250

                                    • The SOMANET Drive 250 drives one permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM, BLDC) up to 250 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive two brushed DC motors of the same wattage.

                                      SOMANET Modules: Meet the most powerful embedded robotic control system platform.

                                      • Number of brushless / brushed DC motors : 1 / 2
                                      • Supply voltage nominal / max : 12 - 48 / 60 V DC
                                      • Rated input current / phase current : 5.5 A / 8 A (RMS)
                                      • Maximum continuous output power : 250 W
                                      • Efficiency : 98%
                                      • Position feedback sensor support (2 ports) : Hall, Incremental Encoder (QEI, ABI, ABC), BiSS-C, SSI, SPI
                                      • Analog inputs (auxiliary) : 4 × configurable (0-5 V, 0-10 V, 0-20 V, ±5 V, ±10 V)
                                      • Digital inputs : 6 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                                    • SOMANET Drive 50 Duo

                                    • The SOMANET Drive 50 Duo drives two permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM, BLDC) up to 50 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive three brushed DC motors of the same wattage.

                                      SOMANET Modules: Meet the most powerful embedded robotic control system platform.


                                      • Number of brushless / brushed DC motors : 2 / 2
                                      • Supply voltage nominal : 12-48 V DC
                                      • Rated input current / phase current : 2.5A / 3.5A (RMS)
                                      • Maximum output power : 50 W
                                      • On-board voltage regulator : 5 V DC, ±10V (Node supply)
                                      • Number of current sensors : 3 (Shunt)/Motor
                                      • Position feedback sensor support (4 ports) : 2 x Hall, 2 x Incremental Encoder (ABIQ) + BiSS-C Absolute (Configurable)
                                      • Analog inputs : 4 inputs Diff/Single (+Active filters), ±5V, 0~10V, 0~5V
                                      • Digital inputs/outputs : 4 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                                  • IO Modules

                                  • Analog and digital inputs and outputs for various applications, e.g. to make a SOMANET stack act as a sensor node in your system.
                                      • SOMANET IO Digital 24V

                                      • For connecting digital In- and Outputs to your SOMANET system we present you our new SOMANET IO Digital 24V. It features 8 opto-isolated inputs and 8 opto-isolated outputs which are galvanically isolated from the microcontroller.

                                        Power supply for IOs : 24 V DC
                                        Power supply for Microcontroller : 7 - 70 V (max)
                                        Typical supply for Microcontroller : 24 V or 48 V DC
                                        24 V digital inputs : 8
                                        24 V digital outputs : 8
                                      • SOMANET IO Digital TTL

                                      • Digital IO module featuring inputs and outputs on TTL voltage level (3.3/5V), required by several embedded control system applications. Through software running on SOMANET Core modules, this module enables to flexibly configure a broad range and number of interfaces, such as SPI or I2C.
                                      • SOMANET IO Mixed Analog/Digital

                                      • IO module for robotic end effector interface applications, featuring analog inputs and digital inputs/outputs, typically required at robotic wrists to connect grippers and other peripheral components.

                                        Through SOMANET Com and Core modules, these interfaces become accessible on the same bus that is used for the servo drives in a robotic arm, e.g. EtherCAT.
                                    • Accessories

                                    • All the collateral parts needed to build and wire up a SOMANET-based system.
                                        • Com Serial Connector Kit

                                        • Includes all required crimp connector housings and crimp contacts and a LIN power suppy cable for a SOMANET Com Serial module.
                                        • Core Aux Cable

                                        • Two-wire open end to 2 pin Molex FlexiMate cable, 2m. Use this to supply a Core module with 5V independent of a Drive or IO module, e.g. to keep the Core module running while the Drive/IO module is powered off.
                                        • Drive 100 Connector Kit

                                        • Includes all required crimp connector housings and crimp contacts for a Drive 100 module and a GPIO cable.
                                        • Drive 100/300 Mounting Plate

                                        • Securely mount Drive 100 and 300-based SOMANET Nodes. Supports heat dissipation.
                                        • Drive 300 Connector Kit

                                        • Includes all required crimp connector housings and crimp contacts for a Drive 300 module.
                                        • Drive 50/100/300 Power Cable

                                        • Two wire open end to JST connector, 2m. Use this cable to supply a Drive 50 Duo, Drive 100 or Drive 300.
                                        • Ethernet Cable (Master to Node)

                                        • RJ45 to 5 pin Molex PicoBlade STP cable, 2m length. Use this to connect your Ethernet or EtherCAT master PC to SOMANET Com Ethernet or SOMANET Com EtherCAT modules.
                                        • Ethernet Cable (Node to Node)

                                        • 5 pin Molex PicoBlade to 5 pin Molex PicoBlade, STP cable. Use this to build a chain of SOMANET Com EtherCAT or SOMANET Com Ethernet based Nodes.

                                          length
                                          0.2m, 0.5m, 1m, 2m
                                        • IO Cable JST SUR

                                        • 8 pin JST SUR to 8 pin JST SUR, discrete wires, 0.2m. Use this cable to hook sensors and other devices to your SOMANET Node via their analog or digital interface. Make sure to check for connector compatibility, some Drive/IO modules use different IO connectors.
                                        • LVDS DX Cable

                                        • 10 pin JST SUR to 10 pin JST SUR, STP cable. Use this to scale a SOMANET system via Synapticon DX interface. Used to prototype many-core systems that shall later be consolidated into custom designs with one or several SOMANET SoCs.

                                          length
                                          0.2m, 0.5m, 1m, 2m
                                        • Node Mounting Kit

                                        • For assembling any SOMANET Node. Contains standard 4mm metal spacers for modules and the white 3,5mm spacers for C22 Debug Adapter. Not required for modules with soldered spacer domes (sold from 2018).
                                        • SOMANET Connector Adapter

                                        • Simplified access I/O to any SOMANET device. Converts JST GHS 12-pin, JST GHS 8-pin, Molex PicoBlade 7-pin, JST SUR 12-pin and JST SUR 8-pin to screw terminals.


                                          Dimensions 40 x 31 x 18 mm
                                        • SOMANET Debug Adaptor

                                        • For JTAG/XTAG interface. Required for low-level programming and debugging of software running on SOMANET Core modules. Comes combined with the necessary cable to connect to the Core module.
                                        • SOMANET Proto Board Kit

                                        • Gives direct access to SOMANET Core device IOs through their Com and Drive/IO interfaces. All 16 available single-bit IO can be used to directly connect various digital devices, via PWM or through communication protocols like SPI, I²C or UART. Kit consists of two 40 IO boards.
                                        • USB to RS-485 Adaptor

                                        • The USB-RS485-PCB is a USB to RS485 level serial UART converter PCB incorporating FTDI’s FT232RQ USB to Serial UART interface IC device which handles all the USB signalling and protocols. The PCB provides a fast, simple way to connect devices with a RS485 interface to USB.
                                        • XMOS xTAG3 Debug Device

                                        • XMOS xTAG3 debug device is required in conjunction with SOMANET Programming Adaptor to develop and debug software running on SOMANET Core modules.
                                      • Somanet SoCs

                                      • SOMANET SoCs are powerful all-configurable industrial motion control and IO processors, based on xCore and ARM architecture.
                                          • SOMANET SoC C2X

                                          • Custom configurable control & communication system-on-chip with 16 xCore cores, for industrial components and consumer product applications. Choose from DC and PMSM motor & motion control Soft IP Blocks to design your SoC. Flexibly configure industrial Ethernet interfaces such as EtherCAT, ProfiNET or CAN and peripheral interfaces through RS-485, SPI, I²C or PWM.

                                            • xCores : 16 (32bit RISC)
                                            • ARM Cores : 0
                                            • Distributed RAM : 512 kB
                                            • Internal Flash : 2 MB
                                            • Clock Blocks / Timers : 6/10
                                            • Number of DIO : 128
                                            • Package : 236-pin FBGA
                                            • Temperature range : -40°C to 85°C
                                          • SOMANET SoC C4X

                                          • Custom configurable control & communication system-on-chip with 16 xCore cores, for industrial components and consumer product applications. Choose from DC and PMSM motor & motion control Soft IP Blocks to design your SoC. Flexibly configure industrial Ethernet interfaces such as EtherCAT, ProfiNET or CAN and peripheral interfaces through RS-485, SPI, I²C or PWM.

                                            • xCores : 32 (32bit RISC)
                                            • ARM Cores : 0
                                            • Distributed RAM : 1024 kB
                                            • Internal Flash : 2 MB
                                            • Clock Blocks / Timers : 6/10
                                            • Number of DIO : 256
                                            • Package : 374-pin FBGA
                                            • Temperature range : -40°C to 85°C
                                          • SOMANET SoC CA1X

                                          • Custom configurable control & communication system-on-chip with 1 ARM core and 7 xCore cores, for industrial components and consumer product applications. Choose from DC and PMSM motor & motion control Soft IP Blocks to design your SoC. Flexibly configure industrial Ethernet interfaces such as EtherCAT, ProfiNET or CAN and peripheral interfaces through RS-485, SPI, I²C or PWM.

                                            • xCores : 7 (32bit real-time RISC)
                                            • ARM Cores : 1 (Cortex M3)
                                            • Distributed RAM : 64 kB
                                            • Internal Flash : 1 MB
                                            • Clock Blocks/Timers : 6/10
                                            • Number of DIOs : 110
                                            • Integrated Analog : ADC, DAC
                                            • Package : 265-pin FBGA
                                            • Temperature Range : -40°C to 85°C
                                        • Legacy Products

                                        • Please note that this category contains products which are under long term support or which are discontinued. Products under long term support can be still purchased in any quantity by customers who previously purchased them and who are manufacturing end-products based on these Synapticon products. Discontinued products are not produced anymore. Please find each product‘s status on the individual product page.
                                            • Com Serial Connector Kit

                                            • Includes all required crimp connector housings and crimp contacts and a LIN power suppy cable for a SOMANET Com Serial module.
                                            • Drive 100 Connector Kit

                                            • Includes all required crimp connector housings and crimp contacts for a Drive 100 module and a GPIO cable.
                                            • Drive 100/300 Mounting Plate

                                            • Securely mount Drive 100 and 300-based SOMANET Nodes. Supports heat dissipation.
                                            • Drive 300 Connector Kit

                                            • Includes all required crimp connector housings and crimp contacts for a Drive 300 module.
                                            • SOMANET Com DX

                                            • Scale your system while prototyping via the high-speed DX processor-bus. Connected via processor-bus, your nodes can be programmed as a single node, so inter-node communication becomes inter-process communication. Software developed for a multi-node DX network can alter be seamlessly ported to a single chip in your custom design.

                                              • Max transmission speed RX/TX : 100 Mbit/s
                                              • XMOS X-Link type supported : 2-wire
                                              • Cable connector type : Molex Pico-Blade 9-pin
                                              • Auto Com/IFM detection : yes
                                              • Suitable as IFM : yes
                                              • Max node-to-node distance : ~ 10 m
                                            • SOMANET Core C21 DX

                                            • Core modules are the heart of every SOMANET node. The SOMANET Core C21-DX module features one dual-core XMOS XS1-L16 processor, having the huge computational resources of 16 deterministic real-time hardware cores while consuming less than 1 Watt.

                                              • Number of 32-bit processor cores : 2
                                              • Number of real-time hardware threads (total / per core) : 16 / 8
                                              • Core clock frequency : 500 MHZ
                                              • Maximum clock frequency usable by single thread : 125 MHz
                                              • Minimum guaranteed clock frequency per thread : 62,5 MHz
                                              • Maximum inter-core bus speed : 244 Mbit/s
                                              • Typical power consumption : 350 mW
                                              • Distributed SRAM size : 2x 64 kByte
                                              • Flash memory size : 4 Mbit
                                              • Supply voltage : 5 V DC
                                              • On-board voltage regulators : 3.3, 1.0 V DC
                                              • Auxiliary supply option available : Yes (Molex Flexi-Mate)
                                              • LVDX Connector type : JST SUR series 10-pin
                                              • Debug Connector type : JST SUR series 12-pin
                                            • SOMANET Core C22

                                            • Core modules are the heart of every SOMANET node. The C22 Core module features 2 interconnected dual-core XMOS XS1-L16-128 processors. Having the huge computational resources of 32 deterministic real-time hardware threads, it is used in system positions where a plus of computational resources is required. This is the case where network type link interfaces shall be added to the system or where a majority of application software shall be run, such as inverse kinematics for a mechanical subsystem. This is usually required at the trunk of a Composite SOMANET Node.

                                              • Number of 32-bit processor cores : 4
                                              • Number of real-time hardware threads (total / per core) : 32 / 8
                                              • Core clock frequency : 500 MHZ
                                              • Million instructions per second : 1000 MIPS
                                              • Maximum clock frequency usable by single thread : 125 MHz
                                              • Minimum guaranteed clock frequency per thread : 62,5 MHz
                                              • Maximum inter-core bus speed : 244 Mbit/s
                                              • Typical power consumption : 700 mW
                                              • Distributed SRAM size : 4x 64 kByte
                                              • Flash memory size : 4 Mbit
                                              • Supply voltage : 5 V DC
                                              • On-board voltage regulators : 3.3, 1.0 V DC
                                              • Auxiliary supply option available : Yes (Molex Flexi-Mate)
                                            • SOMANET Drive 100

                                            • The SOMANET Drive 100 module has a focus on driving permanent magnet motors (BLDC, PMSM) up to 100 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive brushed DC motors as well as stepper motors of the same size.

                                              • Number of brushless / brushed DC motors : 1 / 1
                                              • Supply voltage nominal / max : 8 - 24 / 30 V DC
                                              • Rated input current / phase current : 5 A / 15 A (RMS)
                                              • Maximum output power : 120 W
                                              • Efficiency : 98%
                                              • Position feedback sensor support (2 ports) : Hall, Incremental Encoder (ABI), BiSS-C
                                              • Analog inputs (auxiliary) : 2 × single-ended (0-4V)
                                              • Digital inputs : 4 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                                            • SOMANET Drive 300

                                            • The SOMANET Drive 300 module has a focus on driving permanent magnet motors (BLDC, PMSM) up to 360 Watt nominal power and can be also be used to drive brushed DC motors as well as stepper motors of the same size.

                                              • Number of brushless / brushed DC motors : 1 / 1
                                              • Supply voltage nominal : 12-48 V DC
                                              • Rated input current / phase current : 20 A / ??? A (RMS)
                                              • Maximum output power : 360 W
                                              • On-board voltage regulator : 5 V DC (Node supply)
                                              • Number of current sensors : 2 (Hall-based)
                                              • PWM feed interface : single or per phase
                                              • Analog inputs : 2x 0-4V
                                              • Digital inputs : 4 × GPIO / SPI / I²C
                                            • USB to RS-485 Adaptor

                                            • The USB-RS485-PCB is a USB to RS485 level serial UART converter PCB incorporating FTDI’s FT232RQ USB to Serial UART interface IC device which handles all the USB signalling and protocols. The PCB provides a fast, simple way to connect devices with a RS485 interface to USB.
                                            • SOMANET Com Serial

                                            • COM Serial provides the most important serial industrial bus technologies RS-485, CAN and LIN as an option for communication within a SOMANET-based system. The module comprises transceivers, auxiliary power inputs, regulators and isolation for each bus, while protocol stacks are provided as software components that work out of the box, but also can be customized to any extent.


                                              • Number of RS-485 / CAN / LIN Transceivers : 1 / 1 / 1
                                              • Max RS-485 Data Rate : 16 Mbps
                                              • Max CAN Data Rate : 1 Mbps
                                              • Max LIN Data Rate : 20 Kbps
                                              • RS-485 Typical Power Consumption : 495 mW
                                              • CAN Typical Power Consumption : 128.5 mW
                                              • LIN Typical Power Consumption : 42 mW
                                              • Supply Voltage : 3.3 V DC (1)
                                              • RS-485 DC-DC regulator integrated : yes
                                              • LIN DC-DC regulator integrated : no (2)
                                              • ESD protection for all interfaces : yes
                                              • Interface Connector Type : Molex PicoBlade 2-pin (LIN) & 3-pin
                                              • Operating temperature range : -30 to +85 °C
                                              • Dimensions : 30 x 30 x 9 mm
                                            • SOMANET GPIO-A/USB

                                            • Local interface modules (IFMs) are the gateway to the physical world for every SOMANET Node. The variety of connectors, such as USB, analog input as well as isolated and non-isolated digital IOs, enables the module to support any external sensor that may be required by your application.

                                              Due to the modular characteristics of SOMANET Nodes, IFM GPIO-A/USB modules can be configured with various processing units as well as communication modules. In combination with the open-source SOMANET firmware components for high-end motor control, IFM GPIO-A/USB modules are the key for sensor data acquisition purposes.
                                              • RS-485
                                              • CAN
                                              • LIN
                                          • LINK

                                          • ALL-INTEGRATED DRIVES
                                            A new level of integration for speed of development: Meet Synapticon’s turn-key solution for robot arm axes and AGV drives. Stop spending time selecting and testing numerous combinations of gears, motors, brakes, sensors and controllers. Synapticon LINK Integrated Drives combine all components needed for your motion application and remove the hurdles of engineering robotic electromechanics from scratch. LINKs are made for your application: Various gear, motor, brake and sensor options are available to tailor the integrated drive to your application. Please consult with us about your design objective.

                                            EASY-TO-USE SOFTWARE
                                            Synapticon LINK Integrated Drives come with comprehensive software support to be easily integrated into your application. For PC-based AGVs for example, the solution offers a Python package, which enables you to integrate this modular robot axis into your software with just a few simple lines of Python code. For all other applications, the motion module supports the major industrial communication standards like CAN, EtherCAT (CiA 402), PROFINET as well as regular Ethernet (TCP/IP).
                                              • LONA

                                              • AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION
                                                Synapticon LONA is a reliable localisation and navigation solution for mobile robots, from consumer robots via industrial AGVs up to maritime vessels. Through advanced sensor data filtering and disturbance rejection technology, LONA is very robust, outdoor-capable and can deal with 3D environments. The software is optimized for small resource consumption and can be run on small embedded CPUs.

                                                KEY FEATURES
                                                Advanced sensor data fusion, mapping & localisation
                                                Robust on 3-dimensional ground and in outdoor environments
                                                Reliability and accuracy also with low-quality, low-performance sensor data
                                                Runs on low-cost embedded CPUs: Suitable for consumer applications
                                                Compliance with safety requirements of Consumer and Industrial applications upcoming
                                                Utilizing ROS middleware, therefore compatible with 3rd party ROS-based applications