Fast, multi-purpose remote power control boards

September 02, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Power and control system company Controllis has launched a range of remote system controllers that combine ARM and PIC processors, and FPGA on one platform with built-in LTE modem and ultra-dense GPIO.

Design objectives for the controllers were high local processing capability with very low DC power consumption; the company says that with its large number of different digital and analogue interfaces, the controller is a sort of “Swiss army knife” for control engineers.

The controllers use a 1-GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 4 Gb of local RAM. They support a wide range of digital and analogue interfaces to and from the controller including managed Ethernet, USB, RS485, RS232, CANBus, EtherCAT, 4-20 mA, analogue voltage, and thermocouples. The controller has been designed for a wide range of uses including monitoring and controlling remote plant; security control; monitoring moving vehicles, and general process control. The controllers are offered in DIN rail mount, ruggedised MilSpec, and 19-in. rack mount enclosures. All controllers can support high grades of encryption suitable for utilities, law enforcement or defence environments.