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Implementing Fieldbus Solutions

 Since the very beginning of industrial fieldbuses the Softing engineers have focused on this area and up to now have implemented a high number of software and hardware solutions, primarily focusing on PROFIBUS. Here the Softing know-how supports both, the implementation of PROFIBUS Masters and Slaves.

The performed projects include off-the-shelf products like interface boards and gateways, but also the development of customer-specific solutions using Softing components like the PROFIBUS protocol software. One of the advantages provided by the Softing fieldbus implementation is the efficient unified application interface, allowing to integrate Industrial Ethernet protocols into the device as well without requiring the modification of the application.

Many leading automation providers trust and rely on Softing’s fieldbus expertise. The Softing PROFIBUS 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. The Softing PROFIBUS expertise is also proven by Softing’s active contribution in the PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) standardization body and its working groups as well as by participating in the various technical meetings.

FPGA-Based PROFIBUS Implementation

For implementing PROFIBUS Master and Slave devices Softing is offering IP Cores for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). 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 device implementation and is the result of decades of experience in industrial communication.

The IP Cores combine a future-proof design with a flexible implementation that can be optimally adapted to meet individual customer requirements. They can be incorporated into an FPGA together with customer-specific applications, resulting in an efficient usage of the available resources. The Softing offering includes:

  • Development and production of FPGA-based communication interfaces according to individual customer requirements
  • Integration of PROFIBUS and Industrial Ethernet IP Cores in an FPGA on a customer hardware platform
  • Integration workshops supporting the customer when integrating the selected industrial communication IP Cores in an FPGA on his own hardware

PROFIBUS Application Development

The various Softing interface boards are available for integration into individual customer applications. This integration is supported by an application interface accompanied by appropriate sample application programs. Typically the application interface is developed by the customer. For doing so, Softing may assist the customer by performing individual development tasks for integrating the specific Softing interface board into the individual customer application.

Certification Support for PROFIBUS Devices

For all types of certification issues Softing customers can benefit from the available PROFIBUS know-how. For instance, Softing can perform individual pre-certification tests for customer-specific PROFIBUS implementations based on the actual PROFIBUS test system.

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