SoftLogix Control Systems

Our SoftLogix™ 5800 control system version 23 (Bulletin 1789) has entered active mature product lifecycle status.

The product remains active and available for sale and telephone technical support remains available. However, the SoftLogix 5800 control system version 23 will have no additional feature enhancements or PC operating system updates. Current users of this product placing additional orders agree that they understand and accept that no further features or operating system updates are planned.

Rockwell Automation will continue to collect, track and evaluate user submitted anomalies however any anomaly corrections and/or patches should not be expected.

Rockwell Automation recommends using the ControlLogix control system family of products which now includes an expanding line of in-chassis compute modules to allow for programming flexibility and multiple communications options.

Bulletin 1789 SoftLogix Control Systems
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  • Specifications
  • Software
  • Documentation
  • Resources


  • Runs on Windows® 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems
  • Uses the same Studio 5000® environment and Logix control engine as other Logix platforms
  • Includes platform independence (whitebox, industrial computer, etc.).
  • Provides connection to open networks, including EtherNet/IP™, ControlNet™, and DeviceNet™
  • Offers customization of data access, virtual backplane toolkit for integration of third party networks or specialty modules
  • Supports multiple I/O interfaces
  • Provides ability to develop custom C programs to integrate via external routines

1789-L10 SoftLogix™ Controllers

  • One controller
  • Memory size limit of 2 MB per controller
  • Two PCI network interface cards
  • One EtherNet/IP card
  • One 1784-SIM module
  • No third-party virtual backplane module support
  • Three-slot virtual chassis

1789-L30 SoftLogix Controllers

  • Two controllers
  • Memory size limit of 64 MB per controller
  • Five PCI network interface cards
  • One 1784-SIM module
  • Third-party virtual backplane module support
  • Five-slot virtual chassis

1789-L60 SoftLogix Controllers

  • Six controllers
  • Memory size limit of 64 MB per controller
  • 16 PCI network interface cards
  • 16 1784-SIM modules
  • Third-party virtual backplane module support
  • 16-slot virtual chassis

System Requirements

SoftLogix Controller System Requirements


IBM-compatible Pentium IV 1.6 GHz or greater (recommended)
Other requirements include:
• floppy drive to support the Activation disk
• hard disk drive must support bus mastering
• you might also need bus-mastering drivers for the PC chip set; for Intel motherboards, this software is called "Application Accelerator"
Demanding applications including sequential, motion, and other local applications running on the PC may require a dual CPU to achieve performance requirements

Software Requirements

• Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or higher (recommended)
• Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 (recommended)


256 MB minimum

Hard Disk Space

50 MB of free hard disk space
(or more based on application requirements)

Network Requirements

Primary or extended 32-bit PCI slot
One slot per communication card
Supports 1784-PCICS for ControlNet
Supports 1784-PCIDS for DeviceNet

Video Requirements

16-color VGA graphics adapter
640 x 480 pixels or greater resolution minimum
(256-color, 800 x 600 pixels minimum for optimal resolution)

Additional Information

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Product Certifications

Certifications apply when product is marked. See our Product Certification site for Declarations of Conformity, certificates and other certification details.


Use Studio 5000 Logix Designer software to program your SoftLogix™ system.

The controllers and modules you select, along with your network configuration, determine what additional software packages you need to configure and program your system. Additional required software may include RSNetWorx network configuration software and RSLinx communication software.

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