Computer/Embedded Technology


All-in-one platform for industrial networking

11 July 2007 Computer/Embedded Technology

Intended for designs requiring an industrial networking protocol interface, Freescale has developed a production-ready module in the COM Express form factor. The all-in-one development platform features Power Architecture technology, and is designed to speed and simplify the creation of intelligent industrial equipment that runs demanding industrial networking protocols and requires precise, deterministic communications.

The solution's MPC8360E PowerQUICC II Pro processor supports control and communications processing tasks on a single device, thereby lowering overall system costs. It also integrates QUICC Engine communications controller technology that delivers programmability on par with FPGA technologies and offers the flexibility to support evolving communications standards.

The Freescale platform supports industrial network protocols including PROFIBUS, a widely popular field bus, ETHERNET Powerlink, a deterministic Ethernet protocol, and the IEEE 1588 clock synchronisation protocol. Optimised binaries of these protocol stacks may be obtained from Freescale Open QUICC Engine partners including IndusRAD and IXXAT Automation.

The MPC8360E-RDK development platform features graphics and touch-screen functionality, the MPC8360E processor, a carrier board and evaluation copies of PROFIBUS from IndusRAD and the IEEE 1588 protocol from IXXAT. It uses the COM Express form factor, which has emerged as a preferred standard for industrial markets due to its modularity, compact size, ruggedness and rich set of high speed serial and I/O interfaces. It also leverages advanced technology from several of the foremost players in the industrial marketplace. The platform is supported with pre-tested, production-ready code, a broad spectrum of enablement technology including award-winning CodeWarrior tools, as well as Wind River's VxWorks and Wind River Linux operating systems.

In addition to the MPC8360E-RDK development platform, a production-ready COM Express module based on the MPC8360E is manufactured by Logic Product Development. This module meets industrial temperature requirements, operating between -40°C and +85°C.



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