TC1000 | TC3 ADS

The Automation Device Specification (ADS) is the communication protocol of TwinCAT. It enables the data exchange and the control of TwinCAT systems. ADS is media-independent and can communicate via serial or network connections.


ADS enables:


Libraries and runtime components are provided for common programming languages (including .NET, C/C++, Delphi and Java). In addition, interfaces are provided for communication with third-party software (e.g. MATLAB®, NI LabView, Office). The ADS web services enable the development of device-independent web applications (HTML5, WCF).

The message router manages multiple connections and efficiently distributes the messages. The data packets can be recorded via the ADS monitor using the integrated diagnostic interface.

The free TC3 ADS supplies the basic components required in order to communicate with TwinCAT systems. The setup can be integrated in your own installation routines.

Technical data TC1000
Target system Windows XP, Windows 7/8/10, Windows CE
Ordering information
TC1000-0020 TC3 ADS, platform 20 (Economy)
TC1000-0030 TC3 ADS, platform 30 (Economy Plus)
TC1000-0040 TC3 ADS, platform 40 (Performance)
TC1000-0050 TC3 ADS, platform 50 (Performance Plus)
TC1000-0060 TC3 ADS, platform 60 (Mid Performance)
TC1000-0070 TC3 ADS, platform 70 (High Performance)
TC1000-0080 TC3 ADS, platform 80 (Very High Performance)
TC1000-0081 TC3 ADS, platform 81 (Many-core 5…8 cores)
TC1000-0082 TC3 ADS, platform 82 (Many-core 9…16 cores)
TC1000-0083 TC3 ADS, platform 83 (Many-core 17…32 cores)
TC1000-0084 TC3 ADS, platform 84 (Many-core 33…64 cores)
TC1000-0090 TC3 ADS, platform 90 (Other)
TC1000-0091 TC3 ADS, platform 91 (Other 5…8 cores)
TC1000-0092 TC3 ADS, platform 92 (Other 9…16 cores)
TC1000-0093 TC3 ADS, platform 93 (Other 17…32 cores)
TC1000-0094 TC3 ADS, platform 94 (Other 33…64 cores)