FTDI Chip has released its second Application Oriented Controller (AOC), the FT51, claimed to be one of the highest performance 8051-compatible cores available. This AOC uses a highly effective processor core, a number of ADCs and DACs, and a variety of interconnects.
One of the major issues to IC design now and going forward is manufacturing process variations impacting product yield. Achieving high yield means functionally working die while delivering high performance and rapidly getting to market. The typical design flow has inherent issues and as a result, the design for yield (DIY) centric design flow has been developed.
The OPC Training Institute (OPCTI) is offering several hands-on and theoretical courses. The training is ideal for professionals in the industrial, commercial, and military fields. OPCTI offers four progressive levels of training:
GE Intelligent Platforms recently published a white paper titled, COM Express for Harsh Environments. The white paper describes how design innovation of COM technology can expand its reach beyond low-stress environments and into more rugged conditions. The GE COM Express white paper discusses key considerations in selecting a COM Express module specifically designed for harsh environments to meet rugged application needs.
ISaGRAF rolled out version 6.0 of their IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 compliant firmware and workbench for building industrial automation products. ISaGRAF 6.0 leverages the Microsoft Visual Studio Shell and offers an environment for OEMs and automation vendors to create differentiated products for their markets. The ISaGRAF 6 Workbench is based on an open plug-in technology designed specifically for industrial automation needs.
PI (Physik Instrumente) published a white paper on the development and test of highly reliable multilayer piezo actuators. The white paper describes the development and lifetime tests of ceramic encapsulated actuators under different operating conditions (DC and AC). The actuators are compared to polymer coated piezo ceramic actuators in long term tests. Equations and graphs for lifetime calculation under different operational and environmental conditions and special internal electrode designs for stress reduction are discussed.
Simulink PLC Coder, from The MathWorks, is a tool that generates IEC 61131 structured text for programmable logic controller (PLC) and programmable automation controller (PAC) devices. With Simulink PLC Coder, engineers can automatically generate code for industrial control systems, including closed-loop and supervisory control applications. Simulink PLC Coder enables Model-Based Design for manufacturing and power generation equipment controlled by PLCs and PACs. Simulink PLC Coder is available now. U.S. list prices start at $10,000.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced controlSUITE software for their TMS320C2000 microcontrollers (MCUs) that enable real-time control applications. controlSUITE software simplifies evaluation, application adaptation, debug, test, and reuse. C2000 controlSUITE software includes libraries and examples that are full, open source projects, serving as true development systems for applications such as motor control. In addition, a new installer eliminates frustrations related to versioning and dependencies and gives developers access to the complete software offering in a centralized location.
MDT Software announced AutoSave Version 5.05 change management software. The new version of the AutoSave software provides change management down to the project level in Vijeo Citect and CitectSCADA. MDT AutoSave is an enterprise source management solution to secure, protect, save, restore, discover, and track changes in PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems, robots, and other industrial programmable devices and documents. AutoSave Version 5.05 change management software includes technical enhancements that results in greater flexibility, support, greater ease of use, shorter learning curve, and decreased possibility of human error.
The TML_LIB_X20 Motion Control Library embeds the Technosoft drives’ intelligence into a B&R PLC environment. The library is a collection of high-level functions and blocks enabling the control of the Technosoft intelligent drives from a B&R PLC. It works with B&R’s Automation Studio v3.0 SP3. With TML_LIB functions, designers can control Technosoft drives individually or grouped, by sending commands for simple (TS_MoveAbsolute), complex (TS_SetPVT, TS_PVTPoint, etc.) or synchronized (TS_GearIn) moves. The TML_LIB_X20 is an ideal tool for a quick implementation on a B&R PLC of motion control applications with Technosoft products.