New Industrial Ethernet Communication IC For High-Speed/High-Capacity Networks

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The current industry network standard of 100Mbps can be migrated to the next-generation of one gigabit standard with the new Ethernet communication IC as more bandwidth is required due to an increase in number of sensor nodes in Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is a collective term for technologies and concepts of value chain organisation. Based on the technological concepts of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services, it facilitates the vision of the Smart Factory. Within the modular structured Smart Factories of Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralised decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and humans in real time. Via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and utilized by participants of the value chain.

According to the press release the R-IN32M4-CL2 industrial Ethernet communication IC for Renesas is an application specific standard product (ASSP) with integrated Gigabit PHY to support the increasing network and factory productivity needs of Industry 4.0. It mentions, “Based on the industry-proven R-IN32M3 platform that incorporates hardware accelerators supporting real-time operating system (RTOS) performance along with Ethernet packet handling the new IC improves network performance by up to five times faster than conventional implementations.”

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Adding further, the release mentions that R-IN32M4-CL2 use ARM Cortex-M4 processor with FPU core running at 100MHz, and a single precision FPU ideal for complex computational task that support process controllers, gateways, and IO controllers.

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“The R-IN32M4-CL2 solution integrates several key elements, including integrated Gigabit PHY, multi-protocol support including CC-Link IE Field controller in hardware, and Renesas’ deep industrial design expertise, to provide a reliable and cost-effective platform that meets Industrial IoT requirements for real-time, deterministic connectivity,” said Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America.

The release also mentions that R-IN32M4-CL2 IC will be available for sampling from October 2015, whereas the commercial production for the IC is scheduled to begin from March 2016.

The key features of R-IN32M4-CL2 are as listed:

  • Dual channel Gigabit Ethernet with built-in PHY
  • Multi-protocol support including CC-Link IE Field
  • Wide range of peripherals including analog
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