TI Unveils Multiprotocol Gigabit TSN-Enabled Processors

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TI’s new Sitara AM6x processors help designers create dependable and functional safety-certifiable products by reducing overall system complexity

Texas Instruments released a new family of multiprotocol gigabit (Gb) time-sensitive networking (TSN)-enabled processor Sitara AM6x. This new processor family provides industrial-grade reliability, with quad and dual Arm Cortex-A53 core variants. The products are especially designed to meet the rapidly evolving needs of Industry 4.0 in factory automation, motor drives and grid infrastructure.

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TI says that the Sitara AM6x processors are built for the convergence of both Ethernet and real-time data traffic on a single network, as it supports all the industrial protocols. This feature is very important for real-time communication in Industry 4.0 applications and it allows software-reconfigurable cyber physical systems in factories.

Incorporation of an on-chip isolated MCU subsytem helps designers use AM6x to create dependable and functional safety-certifiable products. And due to this incorporation over all system complexity is also reduced for applications including PLC and multi-axis motor drives.

Comprehensive support for error-correcting-code (ECC) memory protection for both on-chip memory and external DDR memory and for 100,000 power-on hours (PoH) at a 105˚C junction temperature (TJ) operation enable AM6x processors to perform in high-reliability applications.

This processor family allows developers to scale their designs to fit the needs of their system with pin-compatible processors that operate with a unified software platform.

Key features of AM6x processors

  • Optimized for industrial networking: New gigabit industrial communications subsystem (PRU-ICSS-Gb) supports multiple Industrial Ethernet protocols including TSN, EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP and PROFINET and provides the flexibility to support the evolving needs of industrial communication.
  • Integrated features enabling functional safety: On-chip isolated dual-core Arm Cortex-R5F central processing unit (CPU)-based MCU subsystem that can operate in an optional lockstep mode, diagnostic libraries and ECC memory protection help enable functional safety subsystems.
  • Enhanced on-chip security: Secure boot, secure storage and smart crypto engines enable enhanced system security.
  • Integrated 3D graphics and display: Enables HMI and Industrial PC applications.
  • Unified software platform: Supported by the Processor SDK, customers can seamlessly reuse and migrate Android, Linux® and TI-RTOS software across TI processor families.
  • Simplifying system complexity: Integrated subsystems, streamlined power sequencing, integrated low-dropout regulators and pin-to-pin compatibility enable hardware reuse across platforms and reduce system complexity and cost.
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Availability and pricing

Available through the TI store. The AM65x industrial development kit (IDK) TMDX654IDKEVM) and AM65x evaluation module (EVM) (TMDX654GPEVM) are available for US$819 and US$898, respectively.

Click here to know more details about the products.

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