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Introduction

For the conceptual design of an embedded system, the selection of a suitable network controller and performance class is as important as the right choice for a pre-certified software protocol stack. The netX family from Hilscher offers thanks to its scalable and innovative platform concept for every application use case the appropriate solution:

  • One Chip:
    For all major real-time Ethernet and traditional Fieldbus systems
  • One Partner:
    Entire hardware platform and industrial software protocol stacks
  • All Systems:
    Master or slave as companion chip or for stand-alone applications
  • One Platform:
    For embedded visualization, industrial control and system network

 

Network Controller:

The network controller family is the intelligent solution for implementing all proven Fieldbus and Real-time Ethernet systems in a minimum of space. The diversity and flexibility of this controller enable customers to implement any type of use case needed in factory automation, regardless of whether drive controls with high demands on synchronization and very low cycle times, traditional I/O systems for the field or complex controllers with visualization and communication.

Network Access Controller:

The network access controller with multiprotocol and switch capability extends the functionality of embedded host processors by bringing tailored hardware features for industrial communication and system network to application designs. This novel companion chip is based upon the successful netX family and intended for use by customers who wish to fully control and run their software protocol stack at the host site.

Automation Platform:

The upcoming netX 4000 from Hilscher enables more integration for a given envelope by incorporating two different system paradigms in one chip that address the needs of industrial markets. The automation platform on-chip brings together an ARM Cortex™-A9 dual-core with an infrastructure for highly advanced user-facing applications and an ARM Cortex™-R7 with an underlying netX technology for real-time control industrial communications and applications. Therefore, the netX 4000 from Hilscher is the ideal System-on-Chip (SoC) for your automation platform to make use of embedded visualization, industrial control and system network.