ST and Hilscher have created an expansion board which combines the STM32 ecosystem with a netX 52 network controller system-on-chip (SoC) from Hilscher to support multi-protocol real-time Ethernet networks.
The creation of cost-efficient and compact industrial slave devices that can connect to any Real-Time Ethernet network is now simplified through the combination of the STM32 ecosystem with the multi-protocol flexibility of Hilscher’s netX control ICs.
The I-NUCLEO-NETX expansion board can be used with any STM32 Nucleo-64 or STM32 Nucleo-144 development board. The board also supports I-CUBE-NETX, an STM32Cube software expansion for combining Hilscher’s netX 52 network controllers with a host MCU from the STM32 family.
The board contains the netX 52 network controller IC with integrated Real-Time Ethernet switch, and has two RJ45 ports for line and ring topologies. netX 52 supports all Real-Time Ethernet protocol specifications and evolutions, including EtherCAT, PROFINET, EtherNet, Ethernet/IP, POWERLINK, CC-Link IE, Modbus TCP, and SERCOS III.
The I-NUCLEO-NETX can also support Fieldbus standards like CANopen and emerging standards such as Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), as well as OPC-UA and MQTT for Cloud data exchanges, making it ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
“Combining the strengths of netX with the extensive STM32 family – which ranges from entry-level STM32F0 MCUs to the very high-performing STM32F7 series and STM32H7 series — creates a flexible, stable, and scalable platform for building products from simple I/O systems to complex, high-end drives and controls”, stated ST.
Products for various worldwide markets can be based on common hardware, to cater efficiently for the popularity of different protocols, such as PROFINET in Europe, EtherNet/IP in the US, CC-Link IE in Japan, and EtherCAT in Europe and Asia.
The I-NUCLEO-NETX expansion board is available now from Amazon, priced $49.00. The I-CUBE-NETX expansion software including evaluation versions of the EtherCAT, PROFINET, and EtherNet/IP protocols can be downloaded free of charge from www.st.com/i-cube-netx.
For further information, please visit www.st.com/i-nucleo-netx
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