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CC -Link IE development solutions

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) offers a growing range of options for device makers wanting to get on board, whether with CC-Link IE’s open gigabit Ethernet or CC-Link IE Field Basic (IEFB), which extends CC-Link IE compatibility to 100Mbit Ethernet devices. Of particular interest are the IEFB development solutions by two key CLPA partners, Hilscher and Texas Instruments (TI).

The Hilscher solution is an extension of their netX platform for open automation networking. The options available include embedded modules that make it easy for current Hilscher customers to add CC-Link IE or IEFB compatibility to existing products already using the netX platform. PC cards for both network types round out the picture, offering compatibility for industrial PC based systems.Christof Hunger, product manager at Hilscher, commented, “Hilscher is a long-time partner of the CLPA and we have offered CC-Link fieldbus options for many years. However, with the rising demand for Ethernet based systems and the continuing growth of the CC-Link IE installed base, we knew it was time to offer our extensive global customer base the option to add CC-Link IE and IEFB to their products too. We expect these new products to become a successful part of our general offering with strong sales growth expected.

In addition, TI offers a reference design to assist in the design of a CC-Link IE Field Basic master and slave based on its Sitara processor portfolio. Companies worldwide are using Sitara processors for embedded development in industrial automation applications. TI’s processors offer a variety of options for developing IEFB products. Since the processors are based on Arm Cortex-A cores, in addition to the multi-protocol PRU-ICSS engine, they can help handle control as well as networking tasks with minimum cost and complexity. Ellen Kou, product manager at TI, commented, “Since the rise of Ethernet in the automation space, TI has sought to be a provider of leading-edge processors and industrial communication expertise to automation equipment manufacturers by leveraging the power and flexibility of our Sitara processor and complementary analogue portfolios and system insight. CC-Link IE Field Basic is an exciting networking protocol for the future of industrial automation and we are looking forward to working with the CLPA to increase its installed base across many different device types.

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