Freescale Semiconductor Ltd : Freescale and TMG TE Develop First PROFIBUS Interface Certified on Freescale Silicon
08/24/2012| 01:35am US/Eastern
Scalable, single-chip solution based on Freescale's popular Tower
development environment addresses Layer 2 through 7 processing; includes
TMG PROFIBUS stack integrated on Freescale QorIQ P1025 device
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) and TMG TE GmbH have successfully
certified their first joint Process Field Bus (PROFIBUS) reference
design through the authorized ComDeC PI Test Laboratory in Furth,
Germany. The solution integrates the commercial TMG PROFIBUS DP slave
protocol stack on Freescale's QorIQ P1025 multicore processor in a
Freescale Tower System development platform module, called the TWR-P1025.
The PROFIBUS solution developed for the TWR-P1025 can port to additional
QorIQ P1 family processors, including the P1012, P1021, P1016 and P1025
products, as well as Freescale's MPC8309 PowerQUICC processor.
PROFIBUS is a popular field bus (communication) technology commonly used
in industrial automation equipment, and is overseen by the PROFIBUS and
PROFINET International (PNO/PI) organization. Through better control and
online diagnostics, PROFIBUS enables improved asset management for
industrial equipment, helping to ensure lower life cycle costs, better
quality and higher productivity.
"For the first time, our customers can combine their control application
simultaneously with PROFIBUS and/or PROFINET industrial protocols using
a single Freescale processor," said Nikolay Guenov, marketing director
for Freescale's Networking Processor Division. "This PI-certified
reference platform helps reduce chip counts and system costs by
connecting the QorIQ P1025 processor directly to an RS-485 transceiver,
thereby eliminating the need for separate PROFIBUS ASICs or FPGAs."
The TWR-P1025 module is part of the Freescale Tower System portfolio, a
modular development platform consisting of more than 50 controller and
peripheral modules, enabling rapid prototyping and tool reuse through
reconfigurable hardware. The TWR-P1025 processor module also can operate
as a stand-alone single board computer (SBC) development platform.
For PROFIBUS evaluation, the TWR-P1025 controller module is enabled with
an executable version of the TMG PROFIBUS software stack, Freescale
PROFIBUS layer 2 microcode and applications programming interface (API)
Earlier this year, Freescale demonstrated a PROFIBUS pre-release
solution running on the TWR-P1025 module at the 2012 Embedded World
conference and at the Freescale Technology Forum-San Antonio.
About the QorIQ and PowerQUICC processors
Freescale's QorIQ P1 processor family includes single- and dual-core
options that integrate Power Architecture® cores with a single precision
floating point unit, 256 KB L2 cache, a DDR2/3 memory controller with
ECC protection, an integrated security engine and extensive connectivity
including dual gigabit Ethernet, dual PROFIBUS, dual UART, SPI, I2C,
dual PCI Express®, dual USB and GPIO. QorIQ P1 processors are
also capable of simultaneously running PROFINET, EtherCAT® and
EtherNet/IP? with performance headroom to spare for additional
The MPC8309 PowerQUICC processor delivers 835 DMIPS of core performance
at less than 1.6 watts. Critical control applications benefit from its
double-precision floating point unit, ECC-protected DRAM memory, and
extensive connectivity (dual 10/100 Ethernet, quad CAN, dual UART, SPI, I2C,
PCI, USB and GPIO).
Both the MPC8309 and the QorIQ P1 family of processors are included in
the Freescale Product Longevity Program, which ensures they will be
available for a minimum 10 years from time of launch. For terms and
conditions or to obtain a list of available products, please see www.freescale.com/productlongevity.
The Freescale PROFIBUS reference platform is available now for purchase
from Freescale or its distribution partners, by ordering the
TWR-P1025-KIT at an MSRP of $299 (USD). The kit includes a TWR-P1025
processor module, TWR-IND-IO peripheral module, and TWR-ELEV
elevator/backplane modules. Get started at www.freescale.com/profibusQorIQ.
The QorIQ P1025 and its single-core equivalent QorIQ P1016 processor are
available now starting from an MSRP of $35.16 (USD) and $29.89 (USD)
respectively, in quantities of 10,000 units. The MPC8309 processor is
available now at an MSRP of $8 (USD) in quantities of 10,000 units. The
commercial TMG PROFIBUS DP protocol stack is available from TMG. More
information about PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherCAT® and
EtherNet/IP? solutions from Freescale and partners is available at www.freescale.com/industrialnetworking.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From
microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated
circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the
innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more
connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include
automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development,
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