PROFINET kit allows evaluation of isochronous real time (IRT) chip

November 04, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Renesas Electronics’ “Connect it! - TPS-1 Solution Kit” is a complete evaluation tool for the TPS-1PROFINET isochronous real time (IRT) device chip. The kit includes all the hardware, software and demonstration programs engineers need to start their own developments on a PROFINET network.

The kit eases integration for designers developing solutions for Europe's dominant industrial Ethernet market and helps them get their products to market faster. It comprises;

• TPS-1 Solution Kit board

• IRT-capable PROFINET IRT device stack for TPS-1

• PROFINET Controller software for PC

• PROFINET Configurator as engineering tool

• TPS-1 Firmware Updater for firmware updates in the field

• TPS-1 Configurator

This allows users to develop a PROFINET reference solution quickly, as the kit includes not only the hardware and the royalty-free PROFINET IRT stack, but also all the required software tools and drivers to manage the PROFINET gateway solution in all development and production stages.

Renesas developed its TPS-1 solution in cooperation with Siemens AG and Phoenix Contact. The TPS-1 PROFINET IRT device is continuously enhanced with new features by the Phoenix Contact group, ensuring a high quality stack implementation with a feature set that is always up-to-date. It offers low power consumption, easy integration options, small board space requirements and robust silicon implementation.

The major hardware components of the TPS-1 Kit include the TPS-1 itself, a V850ES/JH3-H CPU as host and a complex programmable logic device (CPLD) that holds everything together. Although the CPLD is not required from the system point of view, it gives users the flexibility to connect alternative CPUs or to operate the TPS-1 in the pure, no-host IO mode with the same board hardware.

On the network side, the Kit offers standard 100BASE-TX or optional FX connections, while on the system side it provides access to the TPS-1 via its I/Os, the V850ES and its built-in peripherals, or any other CPU that can be connected to the starter kit board using the RSK interface. The kit is equipped with a multi-purpose LCD display along with multiple connectors and test points. The interfaces provided include UART, USB device, AD/DA and GPIOs that are configurable for alternative IO functions.

Renesas Electronics Europe; www.renesas.eu