Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development of the R-IN32M4-CL3 IC for industrial Ethernet (IE) communication. Renesas’ latest industrial network device heralds support for CC-Link IE Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), a communication standard for next-generation Ethernet TSN technology.
As one of the first controllers to support CC-Link IE TSN, the R-IN32M4-CL3 satisfies the strict specifications of less than one-millionth of a second time synchronization accuracy between applications, accelerating TSN support for applications such as AC servos, actuators, and vision sensors which demands high-speed responsive control, as well as remote I/O widely used in network communication. As a result, users are able to implement ultra high-speed and high-precision motion control. Furthermore, TSN enables seamlessly linked interoperation between information technology (IT) networks and operational technology (OT) networks, allowing product models or production volumes to be changed in real time, while also providing flexible support for the manufacture of multiple product types in varying quantities and boosts factory productivity overall.
In addition to driver software, Renesas will provide the TCP/IP protocol software, CC-Link IE TSN protocol software, and CC-Link IE Field protocol software essential to developers. Tessera Technology, Inc., one of Renesas’ partner vendors, will offer an evaluation board, and Renesas will provide a start-up manual, enabling customers to jump-start industrial application development, incorporating the new technology without delay.
The R-IN32M4-CL3 features Renesas’ R-IN engine, a Gigabit Ethernet PHY, and 1.3MB of on-chip RAM to support high-speed, high-volume communication with no real-time OS software or external components required, which can reduce the complex development burdens.
The R-IN engine is based on an Arm Cortex-M4 core with floating point unit (FPU), real-time OS accelerator, and Ethernet communication accelerator. Implementing real-time OS processing in hardware allows users to offload the CPU and accelerate processing speeds.
The R-IN32M4-CL3 also supports the existing CC-Link IE Field network protocol. Customers can use the new IC in existing networking products to expand their capabilities for next-generation network functionality simply by changing the software.
Renesas will begin mass production orders for the R-IN32M4-CL3 starting February 2020. For more information on the R-IN32M4-CL3 IC for industrial Ethernet communication, visit: https://www.renesas.com/products/factory-automation/r-in32m4-cl3.html