SERCOS International introduces Easy-I/O, free IP core software for low-cost FPGA chips, allowing SERCOS III to be integrated into basic I/O slave devices with minimal integration effort. Applications include encoders, measuring sensors, valve clusters, 24V digital I/O and analog I/O. The company is offering the software as a freely downloadable IP core via www.sercos.de/easy-io. Businesses need to register online, but license fees or memberships are not required. Registered users receive the IP core as well as a functional description, complete documentation of the interfaces and a reference design. Technical support is provided via an online forum and FAQ lists. Updates and bug fixes of the IP core will be provided on a regular basis.