Other Parts Discussed in Post: AM4377, AM4379

The AM437x platform enables deterministic Industrial Ethernet and high precision feedback interface through the quad core Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) or Industrial Communications Sub-system (ICSS). The TI Design for a single chip drive on Sitara processors combines EtherCAT and EnDat and provides designers with a single solution that allows for motor control and higher communication standards. The conformance was tested by the highest standards of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG), ensuring a high quality Industrial Ethernet performance. The combination of EtherCAT and EnDat 2.2 into one chip significantly decreases system costs and allows developers more integration between products.

Based on the HEIDENHAIN EnDat 2.2 standard, this TI Design enacts a hardware interface solution for position or rotary encoders. The platform of this design is also compatible with a broad range of industrial automation equipment, allowing designers to execute real-time EtherCAT communications standards. The single chip drive enables designers with a low power solution to use in applications such as industrial automation, factory automation, or industrial communication.

The industrial software development kit for the Single Chip Drive processors AM4377 and AM4379 includes Certified* EtherCAT firmware. The EtherCAT stack is available for free with EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) membership - which is also free. Jump start your design with this board support package. Order your board today here.

For more information on EtherCAT on Sitara processors, read this white paper

*Firmware certified on primary development platform only