Taking the opportunity to unveil three new embedded processors coming to the market in the next year, TI will demonstrate these products in action at the largest industrial show in the world. The target applications include:
PLC I/O modules are building blocks of industrial control systems. Process-critical signals of up to hundreds of factory nodes come and go through these I/O modules. This translates into requirements that these I/O modules be robust, highly-accurate and help meet stringent industry standards such as IEC 61000, be low power and cost effective. This presents a tremendous challenge to designers in selecting and testing the right components to do the job. As a second PLC demo, TI will preview a new PLC I/O reference design and evaluation platform featuring precision data converters with integrated signal conditioning for the industrial market. Additionally, complete isolated and non-isolated power solutions, digital isolation, interface and protection round out these PLC I/O reference designs. Evaluation platforms implementing TI’s MSP430™ or Tiva™ C series MCUs - complete with a comprehensive performance evaluation GUI helps accelerate this evaluation process and decrease time to market.
Stop by and see the new products at the TI booth in Hall #6 at the show!
Nice sounding hardware, obvious questions include:
1. What is the software support? Specifically, which chips will have: a)MotionWare or similar b)InstaSPIN-BLDC c)InstaSPIN-FOC d)InstaSPIN-Motion? (I can assume the Delfino will at least support a) )
2. What other encoder protocols will the AM4x support?
3. Are the PRU-ICSS's in the AM4x and AM5x the same?
4. Will we see a AM5x BeagleBone?
Hi Anthony, thanks for your interest. I am from the Sitara processor group and can answer questions 2-4. I'll let someone from the MCU side answer question 1.
Today we’re focusing on EnDAT but we may consider others in the future.
The PRU-ICSS in AM4x and AM5x are both capable of providing real-time support for multiple industrial protocols and other features. Therefore, they are very similar.
If there were an AM5x Beagle released, what would you like to see?
InstaSPIN solutions are primarily supported on our Piccolo line of C2000 MCU/DSPs. These are lower performance, more integrated solutions for typically higher volume applications. We are considering expanding support to this new Delfino line, but no committment yet.
Some more feedback:
1. With EnDAT, the AM4x seems like a perfect chip for Beckhoff, B&R, and such. I normally specify incremental quadrature encoders; if I ever need an absolute encoder, I'd probably use BiSS. However, I suspect I'm not typical.
2. BeagleBone with AM5x -- my opinion would be don't fix what isn't broken. In other words, keep it pretty much the same, and keep it as compatible as possible with the current capes; the major change I'd like to see is Gigabit Ethernet -- and I think the dual cores would be a big plus over the current BeagleBone (since it should allow fun stuff like Linux on one core, a RTOS on the other).
3. Piccolo F28069 is already pretty powerful, but there might be applications that could benefit from instaSPIN + more MACs.
i'm very interested in the Sitara with it's EnDat support, but on the TI page and the documentation i haven't found any reference about this interface and its support. Is the EnDat protocol already implemented, or is only a modul provided which could be used for the implementation. Will there be any examples for the EnDat protocol and its implementation on the Sitara coming in the next months?
thank you in advance
Good news: looks like we'll be getting not a BeagleBone, but a BeagleBoard-X15 with the AM5872, and from what I've read, it does look very interesting.
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