Complete Solutions for Industrial Communication
The connection of modern electronic devices to industrial networks is anything but a trivial task. Experience shows that this requires a very specific solution for almost every application. However, with various IC solutions and starter kits presented by MSC at embedded world 2012, Nuremberg Booth 2-219 from February 28th to March 1st, 2012, this challenge can be successfully mastered.
The best from the world of PROFINET
The TPS-1 PROFINET IO device chip from Renesas Electronics enables a common PROFINET connection of microcontrollers or processors via a simple application programming interface (API). The serial or parallel interface is used for the connection. The TPS-1 comprises a function block for processing the PROFINET stack, two MACs, two PHYs and an integrated switch. Furthermore, the device fulfils all requirements of PROFINET Version 2.3, conformance class C, as well as PROFINET IRT. For operation of the TPS-1, all that is additionally needed is a serial flash memory as well as a clock and voltage supply. Also from Renesas Electronics are the ARM9-based ERTEC200 and ERTEC400 devices, which were specifically designed for PROFINET applications. The ERTEC200 incorporates two MACs, two PHYs and a switch. The ERTEC400 incorporates a switch and four MACs. Both the ERTEC200 and the ERTEC400 can be used as Master or Device. Processing of the PROFINET stack is carried out via an operating system (eCos) and the integrated real-time switch enables the use of PROFINET IRT and PROFINET according to conformance class C.
EtherNet/IP and more….
EtherNet/IP-, PROFINET and Modbus TCP stacks are based on Renesas Electronics’ V850, SH or RX 32 bit architectures, which MSC offers for simple and cost-effective industrial Ethernet solutions. The implementations created by TMG run completely on the microcontrollers and do not require any additional external memory.
Industrial Ethernet PHYs
The four new industrial Ethernet PHYs from Renesas Electronics feature extremely short latency times, enhanced ESD protection and a particularly robust design as well as many initialization and diagnostic options. The devices are suitable for connection to almost all microcontrollers, processors or FPGAs, which incorporate Ethernet MACs. They are available as single-channel or dual-channel PHY, whereby both types are available optionally with or without integrated IEEE1588 / timestamp functionality.
IO-Link Master and Device ICs
IO-Link is particularly suitable for costeffective networking of industrial sensors and actuators, not least because the point-to-point Master-Device communication can be realized using simple, non shielded cables. MSC presents two interesting Master solutions for this. One type is Elmos’ E981.12 IC, equipped with two IO Link channels, which can be controlled either via two UARTs or via a SPI from a microcontroller. The UPD78F806x device series from Renesas Electronics combines a 16-bit microcontroller as well as a dualchannel IO-Link Master Transceiver in a single package. The devices, with a maximum of 256 KB Flash, 16 KB RAM and integrated data flash, enable the efficient processing of IO-Link Master applications in the smallest space. In addition TMG’s IO Link Master Stack, which was designed for the product line, enables automatic recognition when several UPD78F806x devices are combined. This allows Master solutions with, for example, four or eight channels to be cost-effectively and easily built. At embedded world 2012, MSC presents a starter kit with a two-channel Master basic board, which can be expanded via two channel plug in boards by additional IO-Link channels, that helps with the rapid implementation of such projects. For the use of IO-Link on the sensor or actuator side, MSC offers, among other things, a single-chip solution from Renesas Electronics. This solution combines a 16-bit microcontroller and an IO-Link Device transceiver in an 8 mm x 8 mm QFN package or a 4 mm x 7 mm BGA package. With up to 128 KB Flash and 7 KB RAM, there is sufficient memory available for application software and the IO Link stack. Furthermore, MSC also presents at embedded world 2012 various IO-Link Device transceiver solutions from Elmos and HMT with integrated voltage regulator and some also with analog sensor interface. For each IO-Link solution, there are corresponding development boards, which simplify getting started with IOLink Device solutions.
TPS-1 Starter Kit at a special exhibition price
In order to make getting started in the world of PROFINET even easier, MSC offers the Renesas TPS-1 Starter Kit at a reduced exhibition price of only 350 €. When you place an order for the TPS- 1 Starter Kit in the first two weeks of March 2012, you save more than 100 €! The TPS-1 Starter Kit is based on a TPS-1 chip, which is flexibly connected via a serial or parallel interface to a 32-bit V850 microcontroller. An application programming interface (API) running on the V850 realizes the simple transfer of data from the application to the TPS-1. Connection of external hardware to the TPS-1 chip is also possible. Furthermore, apart from the PROFINET hardware, the TPS-1 Starter Kit contains demo applications, a PROFINET stack and documentation.