NXP Announces CC-Link IE TSN Support and its First Cloud-Secured, Microsoft Azure Sphere-Certified Processor

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

NXP Releases Industrial Automation Real-Time Network Support

NXP announced its integrated Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) solutions for industrial automation that now support the CC-Link IE TSN protocol, combining gigabit Ethernet bandwidth with TSN to strengthen time NXPsharing communication, performance, security and functionality for industrial Ethernet.

By supporting CC-Link IE TSN on NXP’s LS1028A industrial applications processor, as well as i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU, NXP is delivering scalable solutions to fuel next-generation communications of cyber-connected factories in the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Delivering a full TSN solution from the device to the switch for CC-Link IE TSN networks, NXP makes it possible to help consolidate and unify Ethernet protocols to achieve interoperability between a wide variety of industrial networks as part of moving to a hyper-connected industrial IoT.

NXP collaborated with port industrial automation GmbH to enable the full CC-Link IE TSN communication stack on the LS1028A and i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU.  Combined, NXP offers scalable solutions for real-time control powered by the i.MX RT1170 and high-performance control using the LS1028A.  Factory automation applications, like motion control, robotics, machine vision, machine learning and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), are some of the many smart applications enabled by NXP’s TSN solutions.

Details on NXP’s LS1028A Industrial Applications Processor and i.MX RT1170 Crossover MCU

The NXP LS1028A processor family of SoCs adds significant capabilities, including upgraded 64-bit Arm Cortex-A72 processor cores, an integrated 3D GPU and LCD controller, a four-port TSN switch and two separate TSN Ethernet controllers with support for Gigabit and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet speeds.  The combination of time-sensitive networking with a GPU help enable the SoC to address industrial human-machine-interface (HMI) and control applications.  The device is built on NXP’s Trust Architecture, which provides a root of trust, securing applications and services.

NXP’s i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU and evaluation kit are available now.  It features a dual-core architecture consisting of a high-performance Cortex-M7 core (running up to 1 GHz) and a power-efficient Cortex-M4 core (running up to 400 MHz).  This dual-core architecture helps enable applications to run in parallel and optimizes power consumption by turning off individual cores as necessary.  It is optimized to support real-time operations and deliver a 12 ns interrupt response time, a 6468 CoreMark® score and 2974 DMIPS while executing from on-chip memory.  Its state-of-the-art architecture is an exceptional fit for supporting ML applications, motor control or advanced HMI interfaces such as face recognition.

The NXP LS1028A industrial applications processor and i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU with CC-Link IE TSN support are available through port industrial automation, Gmbh (PORT part: 0410/10).




NXP Introduces its First Cloud-Secured, Microsoft Azure Sphere-Certified Processor Family

NXP has introduced its first cloud-secured crossover applications processor, the i.MX 8ULP-CS with Azure Sphere and announced plans to build additional Azure Sphere-certified processors as part of the NXP i.MX 9 series.  This multi-chip collaboration between NXP and Microsoft will give customers more flexibility and capabilities and will enable a whole new class of Azure Sphere devices.

The Azure Sphere-certified offerings for both the i.MX 8 and i.MX 9 series processors bring together NXP’s expertise in silicon with Microsoft’s expertise in software, cloud and security to make it easier for device builders to create highly secured devices.

The i.MX 8ULP-CS, so named because it is cloud secured by Azure Sphere, benefits from all four components of Azure Sphere: the Microsoft Pluton hardware root of trust enabled on NXP EdgeLock secure enclave, the secured Azure Sphere OS, the cloud-based Azure Sphere Security Service and ongoing on-chip OS and security improvements from Microsoft for each device, for more than ten years.  Together, these four components deliver a chip-to-cloud security solution that provides ongoing protection against new and emerging threats to keep devices secured over time.  The i.MX 8ULP-CS will enable an expansive new generation of secured devices across a number of segments, including industrial, mobile, smart cities, smart homes and critical infrastructure.  Everything from HVAC systems to home appliances to battery-operated personal IoT devices can be built on a foundation of security backed by Azure Sphere.

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