Imec is creating a new industrial research program on high-bandwidth optical input/output (I/O). The goal of the new program is to explore the use of optical solutions for realizing high-bandwidth I/O between CMOS chips. The affiliation program is a part of imec’s research platform on deep-submicron CMOS scaling. In close collaboration with imec’s industrial partners, the optical I/O program will develop a silicon-photonics solution for addressing the upcoming scaling challenges in interconnecting CMOS chips.
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.
Express Logic announced market-specific, turnkey, Safety-Critical Certification Pack products for their ThreadX RTOS. ThreadX Safety Critical Certification Packs are available for a wide range of target environments and development tools, and for a wide range of European and International regulatory standards. Express Logic is extending its offering to cover RTCA’s DO-178B, FDA 510(k) Pre-Market Notification and Approval, and IEC-61508 for avionics, medical and industrial automation equipment. License prices starting at $25,000.
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.
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.