Targeted for many industrial protocols such as EtherCAT, PROFIBUS, CAN, PCIe or SATA, there is a Sitara solution designed to meet your needs. This comprehensive platform of processors combines peripheral support with a robust ARM core and critical capabilities such as 2D/3D graphic support to meet a variety of needs within the industrial automation market.
Substation automation devices add intelligence to the power grid by adding communications as well as controls and analytics functions. Communications in substations are handled by devices such as industrial routers, protocol converters, and gateways, which controls and analytics are functions of Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). As renewable energy sources become more prevalent and power grids become older, larger, and have more demands placed upon them, intelligence is needed to coordinate, control, communicate, and protect various aspects of the infrastructure.
TI's ARM and DSP processors can cover all functions of substation automation equipment:
|Device Family||Performance Range||Cores||Notable Interfaces||Evaluation Tool|
|Sitara AM437x||2000 - 2500 DMIPS||ARM Cortex-A9, PRU||Camera I/F, USB 2.0, Gb Ethernet, CAN, QSPI, MMC/SD, Display + Touch Screen, DDR3, NAND/NOR||AM437x Industrial Development Kit|
|Sitara AM335x||600 - 2000 DMIPS||ARM Cortex-A8, PRU||USB 2.0, Gb Ethernet, CAN, MMC/SD, LCD + Touch Screen, DDR3, NAND/NOR||AM3359 Industrial Communications Engine|
|OMAP-L138||412 - 501 MIPS (ARM)
Up to 3648 MIPS or 2746 MFLOPS (DSP)
|ARM9, C674x DSP, PRU||USB 1.1, 10/100 Ethernet, SATA, MMC/SD, LCD, DDR2, NAND/NOR||OMAP-L138 Development Kit|
TI's PRU-ICSS (programmable real-time unit industrial communications subsystem) is a C programmable accelerator optimized for determinism and real-time processing. The PRU-ICSS has direct access to I/O and is capable of industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCAT, reliability protocols such as HSR-PRP, redundancy protocols such as IEC61850 and more.
Additional features of these solutions:
|Reference Design/Communications Protocol||Applicable Devices||Applicable EVMs|
|IEC61850 Substation Bay Controller design||AM335x||BeagleBone
|Power line communication (PLC) reference design||AM335x, MCU: TMS320F28PLC83||BeagleBone Black
PLC Modem Kit
|Software Package||Applicable Devices|
|PRU software support package||AM335x, AM437x, OMAP-L138|
|SYS/BIOS Industrial Software Development Kit||AM335x, AM437x|
|SYS/BIOS and Linux Development Kit for Multicore||OMAP-L138|
|Linux EZSDK for Sitara Processors||AM335x, AM437x|
|StarterWare for Sitara Processors||AM335x|
|Triangle MicroWorks IEC61850 Client Library||AM335x|
|Triangle MicroWorks IEC61850 Server Library||AM335x|
A highly integrated motor drive solution enables all three core functions of a motor drive onto a single chip enabling the system to connect, control & communicate. This hybrid architecture provides the design simplicity of a compact solution while maintaining deterministic interfaces enabling real-time response to events. TI processors with the programmable real-time unit, provide high performance of a differentiated system and the flexibility to support multiple protocols in one package.
TI’s ARM processors integrates core functionalities of the industrial motor drive solution:
White paper: Highly Integrated Single Chip Industrial Drive to Connect, Control & Communicate (link coming soon)
Suggested evaluation platform: AM437x Industrial Development Kit (IDK)
|Protocol||EnDAT 2.2||Hiperface DSL||BiSS C|
|Sponsor||Heidenhain||Sick Stegman||iC Haus|
|Speed||100kbit - 8/16 Mbit||9.375 Mbit||1/2/5/10 Mbit|
|Reach||100 meter, 300m at lower speed.||100 meter||100 meter|
|Cable||4 wire||2 wire, motor integrated||4 wire|
|Max frame length||~ 31+116 bit||Continuous frame 117 bit||64 bit / frame|
|Overhead channels||Two additional||8 V frames||1 bit per frame|
|Synchronization||Start pulse – bit time||Async Pulse||Start pulse – bit time|
|Connectivity||Software and tools|
|Industrial Ethernet/Fieldbus protocol
|Single Chip Drive for Industrial Communications and Motor Control|
|EtherCAT Communications Development Platform|
|PROFIBUS Communications Development Platform|
|Ethernet/IP Communications Development Platform|
|PROFINET Communications Development Platform|
|Sercos III Communications Development Platform|
|Ensuring real-time predictability||269||09 Jul 2014||3,080|
|Scalable Solutions for HMI||235||21 Nov 2013||819|
|An inside look at industrial Ethernet communication protocols||274||21 Nov 2013||2,269|
The smart grid market includes metering and sub-metering devices, as well as gateways, data concentrators and data collectors that collect information from the metering units. The largest opportunity for the Sitara processors is connecting the metering units with home area networks. TI’s Sitara family of solutions pushes intelligence to the edge of the grid by integrating, organizing and aggregating information from e-meters to ease peak power demand, reduce energy costs and increase comfort through home automation.
Sitara processors integrate all the popular POS features: Smart Card reading, Magnetic Card reading, printing, NFC, WiFi, GPS, GPRS and barcode scanning with high performance, seamless graphics and right peripheral set for including bar code scanners, portable data terminals and point-of-sale solutions, TI’s Sitara processors are at the heart of the market’s new retail applications. TI has invested the time and resources to ensure the security of both financial information and personal data transactions in retail, logistics, and hospitality industries.
Whether a wireless storage unit, high-end smart appliance or a portable navigation system, the optimized performance, power and cost make the Sitara processors and ideal fit for the consumer market. The rich 3D graphics capabilities, combined with robust peripheral support including touch screen and wireless connectivity are the foundation for success in many consumer markets. When support for high-level operating system is added, the capabilities of the Sitara platform in the consumer market only continue to expand.
TI technologies are helping make innovative medical electronics more flexible, affordable and accessible. With the use of the Sitara processors, customers can easily and affordably add 3D user interfaces and touch screens to medical devices, simplifying the user experience. In addition, the support of high-level operating systems makes adding multi-modal monitoring easy and provides extensive user interface and system control.
A complete computer built on a single circuit board, TI’s Sitara processors are driving these solutions which reduce development time for customers looking to innovate on a platform with a wide variety of highly integrated peripheral options.