Real-time Ethernet Tracer with PRU-ICSS Reference Design


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Real-time ethernet and industrial ethernet are used in the factory automation floor to control automated production. Monitoring the ethernet traffic in such areas is an essential maintains and error analysis tool.  The TIDEP0064 reference design is a real-time ethernet tracer implementation for the Programmable Real-time Unit and Industrial Communication Subsystem (PRU-ICSS) that is set inside an industrial ethernet network as passive tracer device, and enables to monitor and record all ethernet frames including frame time stamping without modifying the ethernet traffic. This reference design enables customers to build products for network analysis in factory automation and industrial communication.

  • Monitor and trace function for industrial ethernet packets
  • Packet time stamping in nanosecond resolution
  • 64-bit time stamping supported
  • Gbit ethernet PHY uplink
  • PRU firmware and ARM driver in source code to enable customer differentiation
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Design files

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TIDUCD4.PDF (2000 K)

Reference design overview and verified performance test data


Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components


Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers


Detailed overview of design layout for component placement


Files used for 3D models or 2D drawings of IC components

TIDCCO9.ZIP (5562 K)

Design file that contains information on physical board layer of design PCB

TIDRNT0.ZIP (3030 K)

PCB layer plot file used for generating PCB design layout


Includes TI products in the design and potential alternatives.

Arm-based processors

AM4376Sitara processor: Arm Cortex-A9, PRU-ICSS

Data sheet: PDF | HTML
Ethernet PHYs

TLK105LIndustrial temperature, single port 10/100-Mbps Ethernet physical layer

Data sheet: PDF | HTML
Multi-switch detection interface (MSDI) ICs

SN65HVS88234-V, 8-channel digital-input serializer for industrial automation & process control

Data sheet: PDF

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Evaluation board

TMDSIDK437X — AM437x/AMIC120 Industrial Development Kit (IDK)

The AM437x/AMIC120 Industrial Development Kit (IDK) is an application development platform for evaluating the industrial communication and control capabilities of Sitara™ AM4379AM4377 and AMIC120 processors for industrial applications.

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* Design guide Real-Time Ethernet Tracer for PRU-ICSS Reference Design Oct. 24, 2016
Technical article Rise of the industrial robots. Overcoming the challenges of safe robot-human-inter PDF | HTML Nov. 08, 2016

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