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On-chip controller for Industry 4.0 and IoT applications

The Antaios controller from Profichip (a brand from Yaskawa) provides two CAN ports. It is designed for industrial automation applications e.g. in remote I/Os, gateways, sensors, and actuators.

Antaios multi-fieldbus controller (Source: Yaskawa)

CAN support is possible by special hardware modules. The CAN interface runs bit-rates up to 1 Mbit/s. As higher-layer protocol, the chip supports CANopen. Programmable Gigabit-Ethernet, SPI, UART, and Profibus interfaces are supported as well. The SOC (system on chip) embeds a 288-MHz ARM Cortex-A5 processor. It also features a backplane communication-master for company’s Slicebus technology. Here, the master can communicate with up to 64 Snap+ I/O slave modules. The input and output data is available in real-time via a hardware interface. The data can be re-sorted by the hardware in a required order and converted into a desired target format. The programmable unit is able to support diverse Ethernet-based protocols. Features can be retrofitted via software (microcode), which allows for future extensions required by Industry 4.0 and IoT applications. The available Antaios evaluation kit contents an evaluation board with required extension PCBs (printed circuit boards), USB cable, ribbon cable, DC connector, and software (CD).

Triton is another CANopen-capable on-chip controller from the manufacturer, which will be introduced at the Embedded World 2020 in hall 4A, stand 333. The unit combines a motion controller, Gigabit Ethernet communication, a backplane system (Slicebus) as well as a multi-core processor in one chip.


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