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B&R: New on the market for PowerLink implementation

04 November 2010

With the PowerLink slave for FPGAs, B&R now offers an ideal solution for automation component manufacturers, adding a real-time Ethernet connection to B&R's already extensive range of products. This uniform solution focuses on all cost-sensitive products such as extremely compact sensors with very few electronic parts, powerful drives or modular I/O bus connection modules.

The new Ethernet connection consists of a reference design that speeds up fast time-to-market and makes all of the features of the PowerLink technology easy to use. The user does not need detailed knowledge of POWERLINK itself. A simple API, which can be used with a serial port (SPI) or an 8/16-bit µC interface, is included in the delivery and allows any host processor, such as ARM, x86 or DSPs, to be connected to a POWERLINK network. Sensors with simple data links can be connected directly to the PowerLink FPGA and do not require an external micro-controller. The FPGA solution can handle additional tasks in the application and therefore further reduce total costs.

The offer is supplemented with accompanying training measures, commissioning support, a business-level maintenance package and a B&R test system for getting the new PowerLink product up and running quickly.


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