Renesas Launches Ethernet Communication Application to Boost Productivity of Industry 4.0

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 30, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announces the launch of the R-IN32M4-CL2 industrial Ethernet communication application to support the increasing network and factory productivity needs of Industry 4.0.

The main features of R-IN32M4-CL2 include:

Dual channel Gigabit Ethernet with built-in PHY

The R-IN32M4-CL2 supports Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with built-in dual Gigabit Ethernet PHYs to reduce the complexity in designing the analog circuits typically required for gigabit communication. Simplifying the PHY peripheral high-frequency analog circuit design contributes to reduced development time, risk and lower overall BOM footprint and costs.

Multi-protocol support including CC-Link IE Field

CC-Link IE, an industrial Ethernet protocol for high-speed/high-capacity field network, will provide the performance required to support the large numbers of sensors and actuators expected with the Industry 4.0 network.

Wide range of peripherals including analog

The explosion of sensor nodes will need to read many different types of signals – from process data such as temperature, pressure, and unit (FPU) in the CPU core, extended to an 8-channel 10-bit A/D converter, a 16-channel 16-bit timer and other functions flow, to digital signals from many IO points. To respond to these needs, the R-IN32M4-CL2 includes a floating point.

The new R-IN32M4-CL2 incorporates hardware accelerators supporting real-time operating system (RTOS) performance as well as Ethernet packet handling and improves network performance by up to five times faster than conventional implementations.

The term Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution which promotes the computerization of manufacturing. It is based on the technological concepts of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services.