As a continuation of the company’s next generation PC-based control software, Beckhoff Automation (Savage, MN) has announced the release of TwinCAT 3.1 with new features for eXtended Automation. One of the core concepts of eXtended Automation involves the convergence of automation with the domain of IT and computer science. A key update with TwinCAT version 3.1 is support of 64-bit operating systems and the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. Support of IEC 61131-3 programming languages, object-oriented programming (OOP), C/C++ and Matlab/Simulink is continued and provides numerous optional tools to the TwinCAT programmer.

Another highlight in TwinCAT 3.1 is the possibility to reserve individual CPU cores of a multi-core processor exclusively for TwinCAT. This feature, known as “CPU Isolation,” gives the full performance of the reserved cores solely to TwinCAT. Features include:

  • Integration of tools into the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
  • Real-time use of C and C++.
  • Improved support for source control tools.
  • Automatic code generation with TwinCAT Automation Interface.

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