Industry 4.0 ethernet kit puts network designs on FPGAs

zedAvnet, Inc. has today introduced the new MicroZed Industry 4.0 Ethernet Kit (I4EK), enabling multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet solutions based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC and Anybus technology from HMS Industrial Networks. Offering seamless hardware and software integration across networks, the I4EK allows designers creating leading edge applications in smart factory automation such as networked sensors, actuators and motor control to avoid months of development and debug of their embedded systems.

The I4EK out-of-box reference design demonstrates a Slave EtherCAT controller executed entirely in the programmable logic of the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. A soft master is executed on a host PC using Beckhoff TwinCAT software. Reference designs for EtherCAT, Ethernet Powerlink, PROFINET RT/IRT, EtherNet/IP and Modbus-TCP protocol are provided by the Anybus IP from HMS Industrial Networks. In order to help speed development, no fees are required for evaluation versions of these reference designs and they are enabled after signing an evaluation license with HMS.

Customers can use the I4EK to evaluate HMS Anybus IP for Xilinx built upon the award-winning Anybus CompactCom technology, which provides the most widely used protocols with a unified API. Deployed products are licensed with a tiny single-wire security chip.


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