ARCNET device for USB

Key features

  • High speed USB
  • ARCNET controller implemented by FPGA-based IP core SH IP-CORE-ARCCTRL
  • Programmable logic allows to add costumer-specific functionality
  • Bit rates 19.5 kbit/s to 10 Mbit/s
  • Various Diagnosis LEDs

For technical information on the SOHARD ARCNET interface modules usable with the device, please have a look at our product datasheet “ARCNET Interface Modules”.

Order information

Order nameBit rateSignalSocket Cable type
SH ARC-USB-K-LP2.5 Mbit/ssine dipulseBNC coaxial cable RG-62

Scope of application

The SH ARC-USB family has been developed as USB ARCNET adapters for use in industrial environments. The devices are available with various ARCNET interfaces for connection to ARCNET networks with different signaling methods (sine dipulse, RS-485/EIA-485 (DC or AC coupled) and optical) via coaxial, twisted pair or fiber optic cables.

If you use other SOHARD ARCNET network adapters in combination with the SOHARD RAW ARCNET interface and the corresponding driver then they can be immediately substituted by the SH ARC-USB and its driver. Your application needs not to be changed.

Design & Functionality

The SH ARC-USB features an FPGA-based ARCNET IP-CORE that is thoroughly compatible to the ARCNET standard. SH ARC-USB meets the USB Standards 1.1 and 2.0. The device is housed in a solid metal casing.

The SH ARC-USB is available with various ARCNET interfaces (see order information).


  • Compatibility: ANSI/ATA 878.1, USB 1.1 and 2.0, CE for industrial environment
  • Power requirements: 5 V from USB, 2.5 W max.
  • Temperature range, operation: 0°C to +55°C
  • Temperature range, storage: -20°C to +85°C
  • Dimensions (w/h/d), mm: 104/24/55 (without connectors and slot bracket)
  • Weight: max 500g (incl. packaging)