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24 January 2011

Freescale enables EtherCAT on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors
Freescale enables EtherCAT on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors

Freescale enables EtherCAT on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors.

Freescale Semiconductor, has collaborated with four protocol and operating systems vendors to offer safety-certifiable industrial automation reference solutions featuring the EtherCAT protocol on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors. Selected processor versions can operate without fans in rugged industrial environments.

These three new reference solutions help customers quickly confirm functionality, reliability and performance of a single device that simultaneously runs a complex real-time control application, together with EtherCAT master bridging to another industrial protocol such as PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP or DeviceNet. The reference software dramatically reduces time-to-market and development cost for safety-certified industrial automation solutions.

The reference solution for QorIQ processor, acontis EtherCAT Master and Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS consists of the AT-EM EtherCAT master protocol from acontis technologies GmbH, integrated with Green Hills’ safe and secure INTEGRITY real-time operating system, on Freescale’s P2020 QorIQ multicore processing platform. The P2020 processor integrates extensive connectivity with fanless operation for up to 3500 MIPS of performance. The acontis AT-EM EtherCAT master offers reliable, robust, hard real-time performance. It includes redundant ring operation and a hot-connect feature pack that enables configuration changes without impacting the operation of attached EtherCAT slave nodes.

The Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety has been a popular choice for high reliability, real-time industrial applications, consisting of:
• IEC 61508 SIL3 and EN 50128 SWSIL4 safety-certified INTEGRITY real-time operating system, with a separation kernel architecture to guarantee safe real-time control
• INTEGRITY Secure Virtualisation (ISV) delivering a hybrid architecture that extends the safety and security-certified INTEGRITY real-time operating system technology to enable safe execution of trusted real-time critical software, side-by-side with untrusted applications running on general purpose operating systems such as Android OS
• Comprehensive middleware suite, including graphics, USB and IPv6 networking
• MULTI integrated development environment (IDE)

The reference solution for PowerQUICC processor with Koenig KPA Master EtherCAT and QNX Neutrino RTOS consists of the Master EtherCAT from Koenig Prozessautomatisierungs GmbH (KPA), integrated with QNX Software Systems’ QNX Neutrino RTOS Safe Kernel, running on Freescale’s MPC8536 PowerQUICC communications platform. The Koenig KPA Master EtherCAT offers easy-to-use, full-featured, hard real-time performance, with feature packs such as Cable Redundancy, Hot Connect and diagnostic capabilities. KPA EtherCAT Studio, the tool for both Master and Slave, is used to configure and monitor network activity.

The QNX Neutrino RTOS Safe Kernel is certified to the IEC 61508 SIL3 and POSIX PSE52 Realtime Controller 1003.13-2003 standards. It offers adaptive CPU partitioning and multi-core support, and is fully compatible with the standard QNX Neutrino microkernel, enabling developers to migrate without API changes.
The QNX Neutrino RTOS has a track record in locomotive-control systems, nuclear plants, wind turbines, process automation systems and other safety-critical environments.

The industrial reference solution for i.MX28x processor, acontis EtherCAT Master and Linux OS consists of the acontis AT-EM EtherCAT master protocol integrated with Linux operating system on Freescale’s i.MX28x application processor family based on an ARM9 core. The i.MX28x processor integrates extensive connectivity with up to 500 MIPS of performance while consuming less than a half watt of power. These devices are ideal for use in medical devices, energy distribution equipment, meters, human machine interfaces and industrial controllers.

All processors and evaluation systems are available now.

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