Energy harvesting embedded controller simplifies Industry 4.0
Renesas Electronics claims to accelerates sensor network gateway design with its RZ/N1S IO-Link Master development kit for the smart factory.
The IO-Link master development kit accelerates IO-Link-based application development for industrial networked devices in a smart factory. The development kit includes a board and pre-qualified sample software provided by TMG. The board has eight IO-Link connecters, allowing developers to immediately connect IO-Link slave devices and start the evaluation process.
Renesas believes that the development kit contributes to shorter prototype-to-production process time and helps to reduce the development burden for engineers.
The kit is supported by two CPUs that operate independently and simultaneously with a large built-in SRAM. The eight-port IO-Link Master is controlled by one CPU; the other CPU features an R-IN engine architecture and supports industrial Ethernet communication to the upper layers, such as PLC, without any external microcontroller, microprocessor, or memory like DDR. The two CPUs are integrated in a small 12 x 12mm LFBGA package.
The RZ/N1S IO-Link Master development kit reduces the system evaluation period by up to six months, reports Renesas. The all-in-one development kit makes it easy for users to begin evaluation immediately and accelerate their time to market.
Optimised for limited space and industrial environments, the board as 6Mbytes of on-chip SRAM which eliminates the need for external memory.
The small 12 x 12mm LFBGA package makes the master suited for PCBs in space-constrained industrial applications.
Renesas is demonstrating the new IO-Link master solution in booth 130, Hall 10.1, at the 2018 SPS IPC Drives, November 27-29, in Nuremberg, Germany.
The RZ/N1S IO-Link master solution is available now for rental.
Renesas Electronics delivers microcontorller, analogue, power, SoC products and integrated platforms, for automotive, industrial, home electronics, office automation and information communication technology applications.
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