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XMOS expands industrial comms portfolio

Posted: 05 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded industrial communications? MCU? Ethernet?

XMOS has included the Modbus and CANopen xSOFTip blocks to the rapidly expanding range of embedded industrial communications capabilities supported by the xCORE family of multi-core MCUs. According to the firm, the addition of the soft peripherals allows designers to integrate these commonly-required protocols in their xCORE-based embedded designs, together with other industrial communications standards, and timing-predictable, jitter-free control code.

CANopen and Modbus, (which is available from XMOS in both Ethernet/TCP and serial/RTU variants), join a variety of protocols and interfaces available as part of the XMOS xSOFTip peripheral library. These include CANbus, RS485 and LIN, as well as standard and time-stamped Ethernet, both of which are making rapid inroads in industrial markets. Together with the modular sliceKIT development system, industrial serial bus (IS-BUS) I/O sliceCARD, and associated xTIMEcomposer Studio development tools, XMOS provides everything developers need to rapidly create a broad range of industrial products, noted the firm.

xCORE devices claim to deliver the features and functions of a real-time operating system (RTOS), in hardware blocks within the multi-core architecture. As a result they combine flexible and time-sensitive communications capabilities with the ability to implement timing-and-latency-critical control functions. This makes xCORE perfect for demanding applications that need to close multiple asynchronous control loops in real time, and which require distributed intelligence and communication over real-time networks, added XMOS.

Likewise, the company offers a variety of xSOFTip blocks aimed at industrial designers including real-time Ethernet, USB, motor and motion control, and human-machine interface (HMI) functions. The XMOS xCORE multi-core MCU can therefore enable everything from simple industrial sensors and actuators to protocol bridges, high-performance PLCs, and complex motor controllers.

The industrial communications xSOFTip blocks are available for download from www.xmos.com.





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