CIFX50-DP Profibus DP / MPI Interface

Together with the S7A Driver/OPC Server the CIFX50-DP interface card is used to connect a SCADA System to the Profibus DP or the MPI bus of a Simatic S7 PLC system/network. The card supports generic Profibus DP Master and DP Slave as well as the S7-specific MPI protocol.

Independent of the PC’s workload the interface exchanges the data between the devices on the Profibus and its internal process image. This process image is held in the dual port memory of the interface and thus the S7A driver can access the data very fast.

The configuration of the interface is performed by the so-called SyCon.net® tool. The Profibus configuration data and the card’s firmware are automatically downloaded during the system startup.

Physical device drivers are available for all current Windows versions, even for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 32/64 Bit.

The combination of the CIFX50-DP and the S7A Driver is a substainable alternative for the old CIF30/50 cards and the FIX CIF Driver which are not supported by Windows 7 and Server 2008.

Furthermore the CIFX50-DP and the S7A Driver can be used to connect a SCADA system to a Simatic S7 PLC via MPI or Profibus. The card (resp. the S7A driver) use the so-called PG protocol to directly access all the operand areas of the PLC.

The CIFX50-DP in conjunction with the S7A driver / OPC server therefore is the best choice to replace an old combination of Siemens CP5611 and S7M driver. This hardware and software bundle offers a cost-effective migration path for existing FIX32/iFIX applications torwards a state-of-the-art hardware and software platform with a long term availability.

Specification of the CIFX50-DP
Parameter Value Comment
Card format full heigh
Bus Interface PCI also available as PCI Express card
PROFIBUS Interface EN 50 170 Profibus DP and MPI
Physical Interface RS 485
Baud Rates 9,6k to 12 Mbaud
Connector DSub 9 pin female
Operating temperature 0°C – 55°C
CE Sign Yes