AM437x Industrial Development Kit (IDK)




This tool has been superseded by TMDSIDK437X

The AM437x Industrial Development Kit (IDK) is an application development platform for evaluating the industrial communication and control capabilities of Sitara™ AM4379 and AM4377 processors for industrial applications.

The AM4379 and AM4377 processors are ideal for industrial communications, industrial control, and industrial drives applications. The AM437x processors integrate a quad-core Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) that has been architected to implement the real-time communication technologies used in a broad range of industrial automation equipment. It enables low foot print designs with minimal external components and with best in class low power performance.

Target Applications

The IDK hardware and software are designed for industrial applications:

  • Industrial drives
  • Industrial sensors and I/O units
  • Industrial communication gateways
  • Programmable logic/automation controllers (PLC/PAC) with integrated industrial communications such as EtherCAT and feedback such as EnDat.
Hardware Specifications Software and Tools Connectivity
  • AM4379 ARM Cortex-A9
  • 1GB DDR3
  • QSPI-NOR flash
  • Discrete power solution
  • Industrial communication interfaces
  • EnDat connectivity for motor feedback control
  • On-board 2Mp camera
  • Starterware base port
  • Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Application stacks for industrial communication protocols
  • Sample industrial applications
  • EtherCAT
  • EnDat 2.2
  • BiSS
  • CANOpen
  • Ethernet/IP
  • IEC61850
  • PWM
  • Motor axis position feedback
  • Up to 3-phase motor drive connector
  • Sigma Delta Decimation Filter
  • Digital inputs and outputs (I/O)
  • SPI
  • UART
  • JTAG

System Requirements

For evaluation of sample industrial applications:

  • EtherCAT/PROFIBUS master/PLC equipment (not included) to communicate with the AM437x IDK
  • Up to 3-phase motor with optional position feedback sensing (not included)

For application development:

  • Windows XP/7 based workstation
  • Industrial Software Development Kit
  • Code Composer Studio IDE
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    TMDXIDK437X – AM437x Industrial Development Kit (IDK)

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    White paper Ensuring real-time predictability (Rev. B) Dec. 04, 2018
    White paper An inside look at industrial Ethernet communication protocols (Rev. B) Aug. 01, 2018
    Technical articles How to integrate position encoder master protocols into Sitara™ processor applications Aug. 25, 2016
    White paper Highly integrated single-chip industrial drive to connect, control & communicate Apr. 29, 2015
    User guides AM437x IDK Hardware User's Guide Nov. 04, 2014
    White paper Scalable Solutions for HMI Nov. 21, 2013

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