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PROFINET IO Field Device Solutions

Softing announces protocol software and communication modules based on the Altera Cyclone III FPGA.

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The portable protocol stacks for PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, and Modbus/TCP enhance any field device with an existing Ethernet interface with Real-Time (RT) Ethernet capabilities. The extremely flexible porting layer guarantees a rapid integration of Softing’s high-performance solutions into any target device.
Softing recommends two additional PROFINET integration models for PROFINET Field Devices: the System-on-a-Chip Altera Cyclone III FPGA for high-volume products and the PROFINET Communications Module for low-volume products.
Softing’s Real-Time Ethernet communication module is an excellent alternative for use in low volume products or if a device manufacturer does not have the necessary R&D bandwidth to design a demanding Real-Time Ethernet interface. The 80 x 50 mm design incorporates the advantages offered by Altera’s Cyclone III FPGA and includes:
•    2 RJ45 Ethernet interfaces
•    LED for status information
•    50-Pin connector for memory access
•    10-Pin connector for serial interface
•    Interface for BDM-Debugger
•    License key in security-EEPROM
•    4 MB Flash
•    16 MB SDRAM
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