Simplify Industrial Ethernet

Manufacturers for factory automation, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and motor control are challenged to implement a wide variety of industrial Ethernet protocols to support different end user requirements. Using Intel's highly integrated FPGAs and SoCs, easy-to-use development tools, and off-the-shelf intellectual property (IP), you can quickly develop products that are first to market, flexible, and cost effective.

Intel's Industrial Ethernet solutions offer:

  • Multiple protocol support
  • No up-front license fees
  • No complex royalty reporting requirements
  • Flexibility
  • Low cost

 

 

Available Protocols

Protocol Provider Supported Device(s)
PROFIBUS Softing Cyclone® IV, Cyclone V SoC, Arria® II
PROFINET RT Softing Cyclone IV, Cyclone V SoC
PROFINET IRT Softing Cyclone IV, Cyclone V SoC
EtherCAT Softing Cyclone IV, Cyclone V SoC
Ethernet POWERLINK Softing Cyclone IV, Cyclone V SoC
EtherNet/IP Soft DLR Softing Cyclone IV, Cyclone V SoC
Modbus TCP/IP Softing Cyclone IV, Cyclone V SoC

Designing Industrial Ethernet with Softing and Intel

To make it easier to add Industrial Ethernet to your design, Intel and Softing Industrial Automation GmbH provide an out-of-the-box solution with no up-front license fees, no per-unit royalty reporting, and no protracted negotiations.

Simply download an entire Industrial Ethernet protocol including the software stack from Softing. The protocol intellectual property (IP) and reference designs are hardware tested on the Industrial Networking Kit (INK) featuring the Cyclone IV FPGA.

Three Steps to Design for Multiple Industrial Ethernet Protocols

  1. Download the protocol IP that you would like to use in production.
  2. Evaluate the protocol IP using the Intel® Quartus® Prime design software tool and the development kits.
  3. When you are ready to go into production, purchase a low-cost security CPLD for less than $3 each in 5,000+ unit volume through your local Intel sales representative.

You can use the same hardware for all the protocols listed in Figure 1 from PROFINET to Ethernet/IP to EtherCAT. You must purchase a security CPLD from Intel to enable any one protocol at a given time.

Simple Licensing Structure for Popular Industrial Ethernet Standards

Protocol Downloads

Download EtherCAT protocol now!

Download Ethernet/IP protocol now!

Download PROFINET RT/IRT protocol now!
Use the following application notes to help guide your PROFINET implementation:
 

Evaluating and Developing Solutions with Intel® and Softing

Intel and Softing Industrial Automation GmbH provide an out-of-the-box solution with no up-front license fees, no per-unit royalty reporting, and no protracted negotiations. You have the flexibility to incorporate Industrial Ethernet using communications bridges, a communications peripheral, or by implementing a full system on an Intel FPGA as shown in Figure.

Industrial Ethernet – Implementation Examples

Next Steps:

1. Download the protocol(s) including the intellectual property and associated documentation package from the download tab at the bottom of the Softing's web page.

Note: Customer must become a member of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) to use EtherCAT (membership is free). This provides a member identification number which must be input to the IP before compiling.

2. Select a platform for hardware evaluation, if needed.
3. Sign the Softing evaluation license agreement included in the documentation package for the protocol(s) of interest.
4. Evaluate and/or develop your system using the Intel Quartus Prime design software.
5. Take your design to production. The inclusion of a separate security CPLD addresses production licensing requirements. No additional licensing is required.

The protocol IP and reference designs are hardware tested on the Industrial Networking Kit (INK) featuring the Cyclone IV FPGAs, the Cyclone V Development Kit, and the Cyclone V SoC development kit.

Hardware Development Platforms

 

Protocol Support

Cyclone IV Cyclone V Cyclone V SoC
Industrial Networking Kit (INK) Cyclone V Development Kit Cyclone V SoC Development Kit
PROFIBUS

Yes

Yes

Yes
PROFINET IT

Yes

Yes

Yes
PROFINET IRT

Yes

Yes

Yes
EtherCAT

Yes

Yes

Yes
Ethernet POWERLINK

Yes

Yes

Yes
EtherNet/IP Soft DLR

Yes

Yes

Yes
Modbus TCP/IP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Take Your Design to Production

Production System Licensing

Intel and Softing enable you to quickly incorporate Industrial Ethernet into your product. Licensing is tracked using an external Security CPLD that unlocks the protocol IP loaded into the FPGA at boot time. For product development and protocol evaluation, the IP will function without the CPLD for several minutes and then time out. The Security CPLD is not required for pre-production activities.

The Security CPLD:

  • Connects to the FPGA using a simple interface
  • Tracks the number of licenses consumed - only pay for what you ship
  • Works across multiple protocols. Load the protocol software of interest into the FPGA and go
  • Can be used across multiple products. Mix and match protocols across your entire portfolio. Customize a product to meet customer requirements at compile time.
  • Available in four versions

Security CPLD Versions

Protocol Support Ordering Code Intel Quartus Prime Software Part Number Supply VCC Package Type Size (mm)
All protocols (except EtherCAT) M570ZM6NKA EPM570ZM100I8N 1.8 V 100-MBGA,
0.5 mm pitch
6 X 6
All protocols (except EtherCAT) M570F11NBA EPM570F100I5N 2.5 V or 3.3 V 100-FBGA,
1.0 mm pitch
11 x 11
All protocols M570ZM6NLA EPM570ZM100I8N 1.8 V 100-MBGA,
0.5 mm pitch
6 X 6
All protocols M570F11NCA EPM570F100I5N 2.5 V or 3.3 V 100-FBGA,
1.0 mm pitch
11 x 11


Intel FPGAs are programmable and allow you to evaluate and develop multiple Industrial Ethernet protocol standards on a single device, such as a Cyclone IV device. To take advantage of the flexible nature of Intel FPGAs, you can start with a modular industrial solutions platform such as the Industrial Networking Kit (INK) from Terasic.

Figure 1 shows the INK contents. This Cyclone IV E development kit is based on the Terasic DE2-115 FPGA board, shown in Figure 2, with the following features:

  • Dual 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet
  • 128-MB SDRAM, 8-MB flash memory, and 2-MB SRAM
  • Security EEPROM (for the EtherCAT slave ID)
  • High-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) and general purpose I/O (GPIO) connectors
  • Toggle switches and buttons
  • Status LEDs and a 16x2 character display
  • USB 2.0, SD card slot, audio, and video capabilities

The INK includes the ICB-HSMC board, which expands the DE2-115 board functionality with support for dual CAN, dual RS-485, and RS-232 (and Profibus) interfaces with both DB-9 connectors and 10-pin headers. The INK comes with Intel Quartus Prime design software, an INK system CD-ROM, and a quick-start guide to get you up and running with the development kit.

 

Figure1: INK Featuring Intel's® Cyclone® IV E FPGA

Figure 2: INK's DE2-115 and ICB-HSMC Boards

To purchase your INK, contact one of the following: