Ixxat INpact Interface

Connect your PC to any industrial network!


Until now, it has been complicated to develop applications for several fieldbus or industrial Ethernet standards since different interface cards and application programming interfaces had to be used. Ixxat INpact now simplifies this thanks to its protocol-independent approach. Ixxat INpact is an "all in one package solution", including the PC interface card, the protocol processing and driver interfaces for your application.

Ixxat INpact


One for all

One board for all major industrial Ethernet networks and PROFIBUS


Highly flexible

Available as dedicated protocol variant or Common Ethernet variant – allowing switching of the protocol on the fly

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Easy integration

Different form factors enable easy integration into existing environments


Standardized API

Easy switching between protocols without adaptation of the application through a standardized API


High performance

Powerful hardware for demanding real-time applications

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Future-proof solution

Based on approved and continuously maintained Ixxat and Anybus technologies

INpact PIRFO Slave

Versatile industrial Ethernet PC interface for Profinet IRT Fiber Optic

The dedicated Profinet IRT Fiber Optic version of the Ixxat INpact comes with a pre-installed network protocol. It enables the easy connection of PC-based Profinet IRT FO Slave applications to the industrial network and is based on proven Anybus and Ixxat technology. Ixxat INpact is fully compliant with the requirements of the AIDA (Automation initiative of German automobile manufacturers) for a PROFINET interface. 

Order codes: 1.01.0341.26153, 1.04.0340.00001, 1.01.0341.26101


Profinet IRT Fiber Optic Features

  • Event-based interface method enables easy access to input and output data at any time
  • Pre-certified for full interoperability and network compliance
  • Two SC-RJ ports
  • Up to 128 sub-modules in total
  • Up to 32767 ADIs
  • 100 Mbit, full duplex
  • Generic and Profinet specific diagnostic support
  • Complies with Profinet IO conformance class C
  • Up to 1440 bytes I/O data in each direction with very low latency, status bytes included
  • SNMP agent
  • FTP server
  • E-mail client
  • Server Side Include (SSI) functionality
  • JSON functionality
  • Customizable identity information
  • GSD file template provided by HMS
  • Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP)

Easy Programming

The INpact card comes with a comprehensive C-API based driver package for Windows – enabling simple and rapid development of customer-specific applications – and with drivers for Linux. Operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX are supported upon request.

Technical Specifications

  INpact PIRFO Slave PCIe Standard/Low Profile
INpact PIRFO Slave PCIe Mini
Field bus interface Two SC-RJ ports, 100 Mbit, full duplex
Two SC-RJ ports, 100 Mbit, full duplex
PC interfaces PCI Express single lane port (x1) according 
to PCI Express base specification, revision 1.1
Mini PCI Express (x1)
Network handling Anybus NP40
Anybus NP40
Power supply Via PCIe socket (3.3 V / 12 V DC)
Via PCIe (3,3 V)
Current consumption Typ. 600 mA / 3.3 V DC, 120 mA / 12 V DC
Typ. 800 mA / 3.3 V DC
Form factor Standard height / low profile PCI Express add-in card profile
Full Mini Card form factor
Operating temperature range 0 °C to +60 °C
-25 °C to +60 °C
Galvanic isolation 1,500 Vrms
1,500 Vrms
Dimensions 64 x 105 mm
30 x 50.95 x 12 mm (interface with cable)
Weight approx. 63 g
approx. 58 g
Certification CE, FCC

Technical Services

Getting Started Support
We offer our customers support via phone, e-mail and Teamviewer in getting started the quickest way possible. This includes assistance in installation of the INpact PC card and driver, explaining the included programming examples, and giving an introduction to process data mapping and PLC configuration.

Additional Support
Extended support such as mapping process data, detailed introduction to the sample code, etc. can be offered on an hourly base as general technical service.

Content of Delivery

  • Ixxat INpact PC board (Mini version with additional bus interface board, cable and mini bracket)
  • Profinet firmware pre-installed
  • Windows, Linux and INtime driver software
  • Manual


Order Information

Product name Supported protocol
Order number
INpact PIRFO Slave PCIe Standard Profile Profinet IRT
on request *
INpact PIRFO Slave PCIe Low Profile Profinet IRT
on request *
INpact PIRFO Slave PCIe Mini with connection cable (150 mm), bus coupling unit and mini bracket Profinet IRT
Connection cable (300 mm) for INpact PCIe Mini

* Please use the INpact CE variant (Common Ethernet) for new developments, this supports all offered Industrial Ethernet protocols.

Common Ethernet or dedicated version?
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The industrial Ethernet variants of the Ixxat INpact include two
complementary approaches to industrial Ethernet connectivity:

  • Dedicated versions 
    This boards come with a pre-installed network protocol for the selected Ethernet standard.
  • Common Ethernet (CE)
    The very flexible Common Ethernet solution allows to download the desired industrial Ethernet protocol into the standardized Ixxat INpact Ethernet hardware. This enables easy and cost-efficient switching between all available industrial Ethernet protocols, minimizing the need for keeping stock of different product versions.

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INpact Brochure

Download our latest Ixxat INpact brochure as PDF file and learn more about the multi-protocol PC board solutions...