Next Generation Flex Series Controller -
Flex-X Nano

P660 (2 Axis) | P661 (4 Axis) | P662 (8 Axis) | P663 (16 Axis) | P664 (32 Axis) | P665 (64 Axis)

Powerful, compact and flexible, the Flex-X Nano improves on the performance of the best selling Flex-6 Nano.

X-tra processor performance, X-tra comms speed and X-tra program execution speed makes the Flex-X Nano the choice for your compact EtherCAT controller

The Flex-X nano EtherCAT solution offers up to 64 Axes of motion and is expandable through the matching Flexslice range of Input, Output and Axis modules.


  • 1.2 GHz, 64 Bit Dual Core ARM Cortex A55 Processor
  • 2 - 64 Axes
  • 1 GBit DDR3 Memory
  • Memory can be Expanded with a Micro SD Card
  • 1 GBit Fast Serial Flash Memory to Store Data Such as Programs, VRs and Tables
  • Built in Retention RTC
  • Built in EBUS Coupler for Direct Access to Trio’s Flexslice Slaves
  • Cycle Time as Low as 125us!
  • Field Programmable with Motion Perfect
  • High Performance, Flexible Topology and Simple Configuration
  • Bus Cycle Time Synchronised with Motion Coordinator Servo Period
  • Ethercat Protocol to Individual Modules Using the EBUS System
  • I/O Functions Tightly Synchronised to Motion Using Ethercat Distributed Clocks
  • Practical Push-In Connector Options – No Break Out Required
  • Clip-Together Design With ‘Quick Release’ Locks For Mechanical Integrity
EtherCAT logo
Performance Efficient

More Axes Please!

The P660 has 2 built-in EtherCAT axes which can be user upgraded with the purchase of P912 Remote Axis FECs. Up to 64 axes are supported using CSP, CSV and CST modes of operation.

Each P912 doubles the available axes, i.e:

P660 + 1 x P912 = 4 Remote Axes
P660 + 2 x P912 = 8 Remote Axes
P660 + 3 x P912 = 16 Remote Axes
P660 + 4 x P912 = 32 Remote Axes
P660 + 5 x P912 = 64 Remote Axes

Of course, the Flex-X Nano can be purchased with axes factory loaded ie:

P660 = 2 Axes
P661 = 4 Axes
P662 = 8 Axes
P663 = 16 Axes
P664 = 32 Axes
P665 = 64 Axes

Design Efficient

Fast and Flexible

Trio’s Flexslice input/output modules provide a robust, high speed and flexible solution for both motion control and general automation. EtherCAT cycle times down to 125μsecs are supported and the bus coupler uses EBUS technology to bring all the sub-modules on to the EtherCAT network with no degradation in performance.

EtherCAT slave nodes (Flexslice Modules) are connected via the Flexslice EBUS and the EtherCAT connector. Total slave connections can be up to 128 nodes including I/O and complex devices.

Flex-X Nano
Integration Efficiency

Expanding the System

More "stations" (EtherCAT linked blocks of Flexslice Modules) can be added to the network using the second EtherCAT port on the P660 to connect to one or more P366 Flexslice Couplers.

Flex-X Nano

All in one Solution

The Flex-X Nano can be used as a stand-alone controller or can "plug" straight into our EtherCAT Flexslice System allowing expansion of the system to include servo and stepper drives, I/O and other functionality that conforms to the EtherCAT standard.

Product P660
Flex-6X Nano
Description 64 axis DIN rail mounted motion coordinator for EtherCAT
Name Flex-6X Nano
PCode P660
Status Current
Configuration P660
Flex-6X Nano
Axis 0
Axis 1
Axis 2
Axis 3
Axis 4
Axis 5
Axis 6
Axis 7
Axes P660
Flex-6X Nano
Max axes 64
Max networked axes 64
Max virtual axes 64
Max discrete wired axes 0
Performance P660
Flex-6X Nano
Cores 2
Processor ARM Cortex A55
Clock frequency 1200 MHz
Maths precision IEEE 457 Double
Position register precision 64 bit
Execution benchmark 125 lines/ms
Real-time clock Yes
Flash memory 32 x 16000 values
User memory 12 MB
Table memory 512000 values
Min expected flash memory life (normal use) 20 years
Maximum VR variables 16384
Maximum servo period 4000 µs
Minimum servo period 125 µs
Maximum encoder input frequency 0.000 MHz
Maximum stepper output frequency 0.000 MHz
Drive interfaces P660
Flex-6X Nano
Auxilliary axis No
EtherCAT Yes
Hydraulic No
Piezo No
Panasonic RTEX No
Servo No
Step & direction No
Communications P660
Flex-6X Nano
Anybus No
Bluetooth No
CANopen No
CC-Link No
DeviceNet No
Ethernet Yes
EthernetIP Yes
Hostlink No
Profibus No
ProfiNet Yes
RS232/RS485 No
USB 1.1 No
Encoder ports P660
Flex-6X Nano
Feedback input No
Incremental (A+B) output No
Pulse & direction output No
Reference input No
SSI Absolute Input No
EnDat Absolute Input No
Tamagawa Absolute Input No
BiSS Absolute Input No
Internal I/O P660
Flex-6X Nano
+/-10V analogue outputs 0
Analogue output precision 12 bits
Analogue Inputs (0-10V) 0
Analog input precision 12 bits
Digital Bidirectional I/O (24V) 0
Digital Inputs (24Vdc) 0
Digital outputs (24Vdc) 0
Registration inputs 0
Registration speed 0 µs
Watchdogs 0
Watchdog rating n/a
External I/O P660
Flex-6X Nano
+/-10V analogue outputs 16
Analogue output precision 12 bits
+/-10V analogue inputs 32
Analogue input precision 12 bits
Digital I/O points 1024
Programming P660
Flex-6X Nano
Trio BASIC Yes
DXF in Yes
G-Code Yes
IEC61131 Yes
Kinematic Option
Maximum programs 192
Maximum tasks 22
Software P660
Flex-6X Nano
Motion Perfect version 4
Expansion P660
Flex-6X Nano
Expansion module type None
Maximum modules 0
Memory card Micro SD
Physical P660
Flex-6X Nano
Maximum operating temperature 45 °C
Minimum operating temperature 0 °C
Mount DIN
Depth 107.0 mm
Height 147.0 mm
Width 17.0 mm
Weight 160 g
Power P660
Flex-6X Nano
Supply current 120 mA
Supply tolerance +/- 20%
Supply voltage 24 V
Certification P660
Flex-6X Nano
CE Yes
RoSH Yes
UL Yes
Flex-6X Nano
EtherCAT logo  Specification
Speed 100Mbps
Physical Layer 100BASE-TX full duplex (IEEE 802.3)
Cable Shielded Twisted Pair (TIA/EIA-568B CAT5e)
Topology Line, tree or star (1)
Isolation Pulse transformer with common-mode choke
Connector RJ45
Cable Length 100m max between nodes
Cyclic period 125µsec (Flex-X Nano, Flex-6 Nano, MC6N)
250µsec (MC664-X)
500µsec, 1000µsec, 2000µsec or 4000µsec (MC664, Flex-6 Nano, Flex-X Nano, MC6N)
Synchronisation Distributed Clocks technology.  Jitter < 1 µsec
Protocol CoE, SoE (2)
Number of Axes 32 (MC4N)
64 (MC464+P876)
128 (MC664-X)
64 (PC-MCAT-64, PC-MCAT-2)
64 (Flex-X Nano, Flex-6 Nano, MC6N)
Number of Nodes 128 slave nodes maximum
Motion modes Cyclic Synchronous Position, Cyclic Synchronous Velocity, Cyclic Synchronous Torque
Parameter transfer CoE Object read/write.  SoE IDN read/write
Input/Output Up to 1024 input bits and 1024 output bits
(1) Tree and star require the use of EtherCAT switches.
(2) CanOpen application protocol over EtherCAT. (CoE)
Servo drive profile according to IEC 61491 over EtherCAT. (SoE)
Products - DX Servo Drive Systems
DX3 AC Servo Drive EtherCATDX3 Servo Drive System
DX3 AC Servo Drive Conventional
With a power range from 50W to 7.5kW and options for EtherCAT or Conventional (Pulse & Direction, Analogue and CANopen) control, DX3 will suit a wide variety of machine types. DX3 is fully integrated into Trio’s application development tool, Motion Perfect, our software environment for system planning, configuration, virtualisation and machine programming.

DX4 AC Servo Drive (D0100 - D0108)DX4 Servo Drive System
The DX4 is designed to work seamlessly with Trio's EtherCAT controllers and be fully integrated into Trio’s application development tool, Motion Perfect. The DX4 comes in 3 frame sizes with power ratings from 50W to 3kW. Designed to be matched with the MX motors and accessories it offers a high-speed, high-precision machine solution.

DX5 AC Servo Drive (D0500 - D0508)DX5 Servo Drive System
DX5 dual axis drive modules come in 2 compact frame sizes and combined with the power supply units can be configured for up to 16 axes with power ratings from 400W to 750W. Designed to be matched with the MXL motors and accessories it offers a high-speed, high-precision machine solution.
Products - Flexslice Modules
The Flexslice Expansion Range all flexslice expansion modules
The EtherCAT Flexslice System is designed to let you do more!
It offers fast flexible expansion for motion applications and can be used with Trio or 3rd Party Masters.
The advantage of the I/O slice approach compared to a traditional PLC for analogue and stepper integration is a saving on footprint and cost, combined with our motion-first specialisation.
Products - Generic
UNIPLAY 7-Abolt on expansion module
Trio’s unique UNIPLAY HMI system is a revolutionary way to make operator interfaces better, easier and more secure! The UNIPLAY series boasts a 7", 10" and 15" colour displays.
Firmware - Flex-X Nano
Latest USER Release:
Size:1785973 bytes
For compatibility with existing projects using Flex-6 Nano, we recommend firmware 2.0320 and above for Flex-X Nano.
Software - Programming
Motion Perfect
Motion Perfect is designed to make setup, diagnostics, commissioning and using our range of Motion Coordinators as simple as possible. It provides the user with an easy to understand Windows based interface for rapid application development, controller configuration and monitoring of controller processes.
IEC 61131-3 Runtime Software (P877)
IEC 61131-3 standardises the programming language, the instruction sets and the handling and structuring of projects. As supplied, the IEC 61131 system will run programs for one hour after power-on, to allow engineers to try out their standard programs on the Motion Coordinator hardware. For continuous running, a software key (Feature Enable Code) can be downloaded from the Trio E-Store or purchased form your distributor for each Motion Coordinator to run IEC 61131 programs.
Software - Expansion
Kinematic Runtime FEC (P750)
The P750 Robot kinematic runtime enables the more complex FRAME transformations which enable easy programming of various types of robot Including SCARA and Delta.
(Log on to E-Store to purchase).
2 x EtherCAT Remote Axis FEC's (P912)
The controller has 2 built-in EtherCAT axes which can be user upgraded with the purchase of P912 Remote Axis FECs.

Each P912 doubles the available axes, i.e:

controller + 1 x P912 = 4 Remote Axes
controller + 2 x P912 = 8 Remote Axes
controller + 3 x P912 = 16 Remote Axes
controller + 4 x P912 = 32 Remote Axes
controller + 5 x P912 = 64 Remote Axes

(Log on to E-Store to purchase).
Software - Support Apps
The program allows the user to create motion paths in a CAD package such as AutoCAD and convert them into code executable by a Trio Motion Coordinator.
A compact, self-contained package designed to allow simple distribution of projects written using Motion Perfect. Simply add the project to the Autoloader folder, edit a script file to provide control of the loading sequence and send to the customer.
Trio MCLoader
The Trio MC Loader is a Windows ActiveX control which can load projects (produced with Motion Perfect) and programs onto a Trio Motion Coordinator. Communication with the Motion Cordinator can be via serial link, USB, Ethernet or PCI depending on the Motion Coordinator.
Trio PCMotion
PCMotion is an ActiveX component allowing direct connection to the Trio Motion Coordinator from a custom user application. It can be used to control any of the Motion Coordinator functionality as well as send text files down to the controller.
The file loading functionality of the Motion Coordinators allows files to be easily loaded into the controller memory or the SD card (when fitted). This allows programs written in text based languages such as G-Code and HPGL to be loaded to the controller where they can be parsed and executed by a TrioBASIC program. The transfer process is optimized to compress the file and reduce transfer times, or it can be set to stream the file into a FIFO buffer on the controller. This can help reduce overall machine cycle times when file sizes can be large and so making communication time significant.
Sales Brochure
Quick Start Guide Simple set up guide
EMC Guide Electromagnetic Compatibility guide for Trio products v6
Full Manual The Technical Reference Manual can be downloaded in PDF format.
EU Declaration of Conformity Flex-X EU Declaration of Conformity
UK Declaration of Conformity Flex-X UK Declaration of Conformity
UL Listing Please insert E238097 UL File Number in the search box.
EtherCAT Data
EtherCAT Extension Files Configuration and set up of EtherCAT slave devices
EtherCAT Documents Various notes for help with EtherCAT
Videos Various instruction videos for help with EtherCAT
Fieldbus Data
EtherNet IP EDS (Electronic Data Sheet) files EtherNet IP EDS (Electronic Data Sheet) files
CAD Data
CAD Model Drawings are available in various formats in the Zip file below.
Customer Help
Customer Support Forum Trio has a world-wide technical support network providing information to our Distributors, Solution Partners and Customers. This page includes a knowledge-base, user forum and direct online ticketing system where answers will be provided by our engineers in the UK, USA, India, China and Italy.
Training Courses Our 2-day introductory courses are designed to provide an overview of the Motion Coordinator product range and to give an introduction to programming using the Motion-iX technologies. The course is based upon practical worked examples of each topic covered to enable the attendees to gain some valuable hands-on experience of using Motion Perfect to develop applications.
Product Repair Information We offer a fixed price repair service via our distributor network. This page provides information on how to get your product repaired.