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IO-Link platform speeds industrial sensor evaluation

Posted: 15 Apr 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Maxim  industrial sensor  reference design  IO-Link 

Designers now have a single platform to develop their own IO-Link master and multiple industrial sensors. The MAXREFDES79# from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. allows manufacturers to bring IO-Link factory automation designs to market faster.

As the first ever IO-Link master reference design, MAXREFDES79# reduces the cost and time required to develop and evaluate both IO-Link master and IO-Link sensor systems. While previous IO-Link master development units featured only one port, Maxim's MAXREFDES79# IO-Link master allows up to four sensors to be tested at one time. As an IO-Link compliant system, MAXREFDES79# works with any IO-Link sensor on the market, stated the company. MAXREFDES79# complements four Maxim sensor reference designs (MAXREFDES23# light sensor, MAXREFDES27# proximity sensor, MAXREFDES36# 16-channel digital input and MAXREFDES42# RTD temp sensor) to make the process quick and easy for customers to simulate factory operation.


Maxim said the MAXREFDES79# is a highly integrated development platform with software stack. The system has four ports, one for each IO-Link master (MAX14824) and integrates power supply products. MAXREFDES79# uses the industry's fastest (400µs) COM 3 communication, comes with an adapter and is enabled with a microUSB data connection.

The MAXREFDES79# board with software stack is available for $500. The initial unit costs $415 at Maxim's website and select franchised distributors. Hardware and firmware design files, as well as test data, are provided free and available online.

MAXREFDES79# reference diagram

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