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Softing introduces PROFIBUS Slave subsystem

Softing introduces PROFIBUS Slave subsystem

June 12, 2015 – Softing introduces PROFIBUS Slave subsystem that is programmed into an FPGA, so software engineers can concentrate on implementing device applications versus learning the intricacies of the protocol.

The PROFIBUS protocol software solution is ported to the target processor, significantly speeding up the development effort. Source code of an example device application is included to further speed the implementation of a PROFIBUS slave device.

FPGA technology allows for very compact solutions by running the device application and the protocol software on separate virtual/loadable processors. Or the PROFIBUS subsystem can be integrated with an external microcontroller.

The PROFIBUS Slave subsystem supports DP-V0 and DP-V1 and is available for Altera FPGA Cyclone-Series III, IV, V and SoC. Manufacturers who need to support other communication protocols such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Ethernet POWERLINK or Modbus TCP with their devices particularly benefit from Softing’s FPGA approach, since the available communication subsystems all have the same application interface.

 

According to Christian Braeutigam, Product Manager Industrial Communication at Softing, “The device manufacturer can select the type and size of the FPGA that fits the PROFIBUS DP Slave as well as his application-specific logic and, where appropriate, the application processor. The fact that the PROFIBUS slave controller is delivered as an IP core eliminates the dependency on a specific bus controller ASIC.”

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Softing is a world leading provider of industrial communication products and technologies for manufacturing and process automation. The company’s products and services are tailored to the requirements of system integrators, device vendors, machine and equipment manufacturers or end users and are known for their ease of use and functional advantages. 

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