Freescale releases PLC development platform

  • September 12, 2012
Freescale releases PLC development platform
Freescale releases PLC development platform

September 12, 2012 - Freescale Semiconductor released an advanced programmable logic controller (PLC) reference platform based on Freescale’s dual-core QorIQ P1025 processor, the KPA EtherCAT Master stack, PLC Firmware from ISaGRAF, and the QNX Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS), to boost the functionality, reliability and performance of control applications communicating via the EtherCAT protocol. The programmable logic controller (PLC) reference platform is equipped to ease development of industrial control systems. The PLC reference platform implements the KPA (koenig-pa GmbH) EtherCAT Master protocol with ISaGRAF Firmware and QNX Neutrino RTOS on the high-performance Freescale QorIQ P1025 processor. It is supported by powerful development tools from all four companies, including the KPA EtherCAT Studio, ISaGRAF 6 Workbench, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, and Freescale CodeWarrior Development Suite. Features

  • Integrated ISaGRAF Firmware, KPA EtherCAT Master stack and QNX Neutrino RTOS on the QorIQ P1 Tower module
  • EtherCAT master protocol and customer control application run simultaneously on a single QorIQ P1025 processor to deliver one millisecond EtherCAT master cycle time
  • QorIQ P1 processors can also provide simultaneous support for complex applications, as well as additional industrial protocols like PROFINET, PROFIBUS and EtherNet/IP
  • Powerful development tools include the KPA EtherCAT Studio, ISaGRAF 6 Workbench, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, and Freescale CodeWarrior Development Suite
  • ISaGRAF 6 Workbench and Firmware kernel can fully support all IEC 61499 and IEC 61131-3 standard PLC programming languages
  • Software and hardware developed on TWR-P1025 can be easily deployed on a range of QorIQ P1 processors, including the P1012, P1021, P1016 and P1025 processors
  • QorIQ P1 processor family offers pin-compatible single-core variants for cost reduction, and dual-core variants which scale up to 3,700 million instructions per second (MIPS) for more complex control algorithms.
  • Customers may distribute processing functions across two cores, or isolate real-time control functions on one core while running maintenance and communications functions on the other core.
  • Commercial EtherCAT Master stack available from KPA
  • Commercial Neutrino RTOS available from QNX  

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