TI’s new chip system simplifies industrial Ethernet communication

NEW DELHI: Texas Instruments (TI) has launched Sitara AMIC110 system on chip (SoC) that is specifically designed to simplify industrial Ethernet communication and to provide design versatility by supporting more than 10 standards.

TI says that cost-optimized industrial Ethernet communication is now attainable with this newly announced family of Sitara AMIC SoCs. The AMIC110 SoC is available now through the TI store and authorized distributors at US$6.00 in 1,000-unit quantities.

The AMIC110 SoC is a multiprotocol industrial communication processor that provides a ready-to-use solution supporting more than 10 industrial Ethernet and fieldbus communication standards.

The device leverages TI’s unified software platform, Processor SDK, and the programmability of TI’s industrial communications subsystem (PRU-ICSS) for industrial communication support in factory automation and control applications.

TI’s new Sitara AMIC110 SoC helps developers convert existing non-networked designs such as motor drives to networked systems by adding industrial Ethernet.

TI further states that unlike application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which may only support a single industrial Ethernet standard, AMIC110 SoC’s programmable real-time unit (PRU-ICSS) supports many different protocols including EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, PROFIBUS master and slave, HSR, PRP, POWERLINK, SERCOS III, CANopen and more are in development. As the market moves to Industry 4.0, a programmable solution opens the door for designs to support more standards with no or minimal hardware changes.

Built on the industry-proven Sitara processor platform that features flexible peripherals, industrial temperature ranges and unified software support, the AMIC110 SoC was developed for industrial designers. The Sitara AMIC110 SoC can serve as a companion communication device to a microcontroller (MCU) such as TI’s C2000MCU, for connected drive applications.

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