IO-Link Master Solution for Smart Factory

io-link master

Renesas’ new one-chip solution and easy-to-use development kit simplify IO-Link-based applications for Industry 4.0; help developers bring innovative applications to market easier and more quickly

Renesas has unveiled an easy-to-use development kit to accelerate IO-Link-based application development for industrial networked devices in a smart factory. The new IO-Link Master kit contributes to shorter prototype-to-production process time and helps to reduce the development burden for engineers, according to Renesas.

“As a leading supplier of IO-Link master solutions, TMG has been supporting IO-Link developers since the technology has been released. The compact size, two integrated CPUs, one for IO-Link and the other one for Industrial Ethernet communication, make Renesas’ RZ/N1S the ideal choice for typical IO-Link master applications. We look forward to providing our stack for IO-Link, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP to RZ/N1S users,” said Klaus-Peter Willems, Managing Partner of TMG.


“For more than 25 years, Renesas has been providing a variety of solutions for the industrial automation market, supporting our customers as they catch the Industry 4.0 wave,” said Akira Denda, Vice President of Industrial Automation Business Unit, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “This new IO-Link Master solution, which is supported by TMG for its protocol stack, will help developers bring innovative applications to market easier and more quickly, and to expand the use of IO-Link-based applications in a smart factory.”

Catch the Industry 4.0 Wave with new IO-Link Master Solution

The development kit includes a board and pre-qualified sample software provided by TMG. The board has eight IO-Link connecters allowing developers to immediately connect IO-Link slave devices and start the evaluation process.

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The solution is supported by two CPUs that operate independently and simultaneously with a large built-in SRAM. The eight-port IO-Link Master is controlled by one CPU; the other CPU features an R-IN engine architecture and supports Industrial Ethernet communication to the upper layers, such as PLC, without any external microcontroller, microprocessor, or memory like DDR. Integrating the two CPUs in a small 12mm x 12mm LFBGA package also helps with designing compact PCBs.

Key features

  • All-in-one development kit makes it easy for users to begin evaluation immediately.
  • The board offers rapid prototyping with eight-port IO-Link connectivity and connections to any IO-Link slave device.
  • Pre-qualified sample software from TMG shortens the traditional time required to move from prototype to mass production.
  • 6 MB of on-chip SRAM eliminates the need for external memory.
  • Small 12mm x 12mm LFBGA package makes the master solution ideally suited for printed circuit boards in space-constrained industrial applications.

Renesas is demonstrating the new IO-Link master solution in booth 130, Hall 10.1, at the 2018 SPS IPC Drives, November 27-29, in Nuremberg, Germany.


The RZ/N1S IO-Link master solution is available now for rental.

For more information on the RZ/N1S IO-Link solution, click here. 

For more information on IO-Link, click here.




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