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A single convection-cooled device can simultaneously bridge between two industrial network protocols while controlling a complex real-time process
NUREMBERG, Germany (SPS/IPC/Drives 2010) – Nov. 23, 2010 – Freescale Semiconductor, a leader in industrial embedded processors, has collaborated with four top protocol and operating systems vendors to offer safety-certifiable industrial automation reference solutions featuring the EtherCAT® protocol on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors. Selected processor versions operate without fans in rugged industrial environments.
These three new reference solutions help customers quickly confirm functionality, reliability and performance of a single device that simultaneously runs a complex real-time control application, together with EtherCAT master bridging to another industrial protocol such as PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP™ or DeviceNet™. The reference software dramatically reduces time-to-market and development cost for safety-certified industrial automation solutions.
Industrial reference solution for QorIQ processor, acontis EtherCAT Master and Green Hills® INTEGRITY® RTOS
“We are pleased to provide our industry-leading EtherCAT master stack solution now on the Freescale QorIQ multicore processing platform,” said Stefan Zintgraf, General Manager at acontis technologies.
The acontis AT-EM EtherCAT master offers reliable, robust, hard real-time performance. It includes redundant ring operation and a hot-connect feature pack that enables configuration changes without impacting the operation of attached EtherCAT slave nodes.
The Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety has long been a popular choice for high reliability, real-time industrial applications, consisting of:
This solution was tested during EtherCAT Technology Group plug fests in September, 2010, and will be demonstrated in the EtherCAT Technology Group booth (Hall 6, Booth 208) and the Green Hills booth (Hall 7A, booth 658) at the SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, Nov. 23-25, 2010.
Industrial reference solution for PowerQUICC processor with Koenig KPA Master EtherCAT and QNX Neutrino® RTOS
The Koenig KPA Master EtherCAT offers easy-to-use, full-featured, hard real-time performance, with several feature packs like “Cable Redundancy”, “Hot Connect” and valuable diagnostic capabilities. KPA EtherCAT Studio, the tool for both Master and Slave, is used to configure and monitor network activity.
The QNX Neutrino RTOS Safe Kernel is certified to the IEC 61508 SIL3 and POSIX PSE52 Realtime Controller 1003.13-2003 standards. It offers both adaptive CPU partitioning and multi-core support, and is fully compatible with the standard QNX Neutrino microkernel, enabling developers to migrate without API changes.
The Freescale MPC8536 PowerQUICC processor integrates extensive connectivity up to 3500 MIPS.
“The KPA EtherCAT stacks are a natural fit in performance for the Power Architecture® products,” said Gerhard Spiegel, Manager at KPA.
Industrial reference solution for i.MX28x processor, acontis EtherCAT Master and Linux® OS
Acontis will demonstrate the solution in Hall 7A, booth 600 at SPS/IPC/Drives event.
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