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Renesas, TMG tip remote-I/O tool-box

Posted: 02 Jan 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:remote  I/O  toolbox  Profinet  hardware 

Renesas Electronics Europe and Technologie Management Gruppe unveil a Remote-I/O tool-box for designing remote-I/O products. These I/O products are aimed for PROFINET certification and to pass Ethernet/IP plugfests and vendor declaration for I/O-Link.

The hardware includes an uplink controller based on Renesas' RX600 or V850 MCUs. The MCU operates the software stack of initially either PROFINET RT or Ethernet/IP to interface to the industrial Ethernet network. The MCU also operates the fieldbus integration to interface to the I/O-Link master stack and the required tool communication module to interface to the device tool.

The downlink interface is based on a stacked SPI protocol to interface to Renesas I/O-Link 2ch master devices that build a maximum of 16 I/O channels to sensors and actuators. Renesas' optocoupler families provide the required galvanic isolation. The Elmos AG I/O-Link PHY technology is incorporated in the 2ch I/O-Link master devices together with Renesas' 78K0R16bit MCU that operates the master stack. The software part of the tool-box comes from TMG and contains the stack software for PROFINET RT and Ethernet/IP, the tool communication and fieldbus integration and the I/O-Link master stacks. In addition, TMG also includes its I/O-Link device tool and a soft PLC demo to interface with a software controller to verify functionality.

The tool-box components can be used as a complete IO-package to provide customers a significant time-to-market advantage as the related hardware and software components together have already been used for the certification of PROFINET products, passed Ethernet/IP plugfests and all tests for I/O-Link vendor declaration. Alternatively, customers can select those parts that are required from the tool-box to form their individual Remote-IO. It is also possible to modify parts of the software modules in accordance with customers' own specifications.

All hardware components are supported by and available from Renesas Electronics Europe and all software modules are supported by and available from TMG. The tool-box can be ordered through Renesas Electronics Europe for evaluation. For production, the software is once licensed through TMG with costs based on a royalty and a one-time fee.

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