Data NetworksAutomotive Electronics

PROFINET Device (Slave) for Intel FPGA

Integration of PROFINET RT & IRT into Field Devices using Intel (Altera) FPGA

IP Core and software have been designed to implement a PROFINET communication based on hardware supporting an Ethernet interface and an Altera FPGA. This solution provides uniform interfaces for future support of additional Industrial Ethernet protocols.

Easy and Inexpensive Development of PROFINET Field Devices Using Altera FPGAs

  • Ready-to-integrate PROFINET Qsys system
  • Maximum flexibility to meet customer requirements
  • Future versions can easily be integrated

One API For Quick Integration

  • Simple Device Application Interface (SDAI) designed as efficient protocol abstraction layer to use different protocols with same application
  • PROFINET RT/IRT, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, POWERLINK and Modbus TCP using the same API
  • Single and dual processor systems supported

Improved Performance

  • Minimum I/O data delay between physical layer and application
  • Process data processed by DMA logic
  • Guide to efficient application programming included

Standard IT Support in Parallel with IndustrialEthernet

  • Direct forwarding of IT Packets to application
  • No need to change existing IT structure
  • Socket interface for simple integration
HardwareQSys Subsystem
  • Switch IP Core with 2 external ports and 1 internal port
  • 1 Nios II IP core for processing the protocol
  • DPRAM (4/12 KByte) interface to application
  • GPIO
  • Memory-mapped bridges for Flash and RAM
Switch Clock125 Mhz
SoftwareFunctionality PROFINET RT
  • PROFINET Device according to Conformance Class B
  • Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) Client
  • Multicast Provider and Subscriber
Functionality PROFINET IRT
  • PROFINET Device IRT according to Conformance Class C
  • Specification v2.3
  • Precise Time Control Protocol (PTCP)
  • Relative Forwarder
  • Fast Forwarding
  • Legacy support for Siemens drive products
  • Dynamic Frame Packing (in preparation)
  • Media Redundancy for Planned Duplication (MRPD)(in preparation)
Minimum Cycle Time PROFINET RT250 μs
Minimum Cycle Time PROFINET IRT250 μs (<250 μs in preparation)
Supported ARsController, Supervisor, Device Access
Maximum Number of ARs2
Number of IO Connections per Controller
  • 2 for cyclic data
  • 1 for parameter set
Maximum Number of I/O Data Available for Application1,024 Bytes
Support of ProfilesYes
Operating SystemeCos
ConformityTested with PROFINET PNIO Tester RT and IRT

 

 

ISL-YY-013310

Industrial Ethernet Field Device Stack, Per Unit License for FPGA
LRL-YY-13350Industrial Ethernet Field Device Stack, Product ID License for FPGA

Scope of Delivery

Hardware / Software
  • IP Core configuration with PROFINET IP Core, eCos, Protocol Stack, SDAI
  • Sample application for Evaluation Kit Altera Cyclone V E development kit
  • Device Description File (GSDML)
  • Sample Project for Siemens PLCs
DocumentationSDAI manual, subsystem description, IP Core descriptions

 

Additional Products and Services

SIA-YY-012501Integration workshop for implementing field devices based on Altera Cyclone FPGA family
KEL-AB-010001Altera Cyclone V E FPGA Development Kit and MAX V licensing board with 8 hours of technical assistance
SIA-YY-012503Integration support provided by e-mail or phone
TRA-PN-TECHTraining “PROFINET – Technology”
TRA-PN-CERTENGTraining "PROFINET - Certified Engineer"

Simplifying PROFINET RT and IRT Design for Devices Using Altera FPGA

Softing Protocol IP is a combination of IP Cores and Industrial Ethernet device protocol software designed to offer all required communication capabilities for an implementation based on the Altera FPGA. It provides an identical Application Programming Interface (API) for integrating various protocols into one hardware platform

Easy and Inexpensive Development of PROFINET Field Devices Using Altera FPGAs

  • Ready-to-integrate PROFINET Qsys system
  • Demo application included
  • Future versions available for free download

One API For Quick Integration

  • Simple Device Application Interface (SDAI) designed as efficient protocol abstraction layer to use different protocols with same application
  • PROFINET RT/IRT, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, POWERLINK and Modbus TCP using the same API
  • Single and dual processor systems supported

Improved Performance

  • Minimum I/O data delay between physical layer and application
  • Process data processed by DMA logic
  • Guide to efficient application programming included

Standard IT Support in Parallel with Industrial Ethernet

  • Direct forwarding of IP Packets to application
  • No need to change existing IP structure
  • Socket interface for simple integration

Scope of Delivery

Qsys ComponentAvailable under "Downloads"

Additional Products and Services

KEL-AB-010001Altera Cyclone V E FPGA Development Kit and MAX V licensing board with 8 hours of technical assistance
SIA-YY-012501Integration workshop for implementing field devices based on Altera Cyclone FPGA family
SIA-YY-012503Integration support provided by e-mail or phone
TRA-PN-TECHTraining “PROFINET – Technology”
TRA-PN-CERTENGTraining "PROFINET - Certified Engineer"

Fast Implementation of Custom Industrial Ethernet Connectivity Solutions

In addition to the IP cores for FPGA integration, Softing Industrial Automation also offers the development and production of FPGA-based communication interfaces. This offer is based on a pre-engineered reference design that reduces the time to market to a minimum. The Softing reference design includes the required hardware and software for field device implementation and is the result of decades of experience in industrial communication. The solution features a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) core combining a future-proof design with a flexible implementation that can be optimally adapted to meet individual customer requirements. It has already been prepared to support common Industrial Ethernet protocols – EtherCAT, Ethernet POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and PROFINET.

Proven in a Wide Range of Applications

Many leading automation providers trust and rely on Softing's expertise. The Softing reference design thus is already in use in numerous customer implementations and in Softing's own products. It proves its capabilities, functionality and performance every day in a vast range of applications in many vertical markets and all around the world.

Efficient Universal Application Interface

Uniform, simple-to-use interfaces are available to ensure easy connectivity of the application. The Simple Device Application Interface (SDAI) for device integration and the Simple Controller Application Interface (SCAI) for controller integration are designed to offer efficient access to the protocol functions and support many different hardware architectures. The protocol-independent implementation eliminates the need to modify the application when changing to another Industrial Ethernet protocol.

Implementation of Any IT Services

Softing's reference design allows to integrate standard IT services into the field device by using the same cable and the same Ethernet interface. This transparent IT channel enables versatile use, for example, to implement a web server, download data, use email services or implement custom services within a field device.

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