Joint EPSG and XILINX lecture on July 9, 2013 POWERLINK at the 2013 Conference for ARM-based System Design

ARM® technology is used in the hardware platforms preferred most by designers of embedded systems. One of the most important events in Central Europe for this field – the Conference for ARM-based System Design – will be taking place July 9, 2013, in Munich. This year’s conference will feature a lecture jointly presented by Michael Zapke (XILINX) and Wolfgang Seiss (B&R) on implementations of POWERLINK on an ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor architecture using Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 devices.

Devices in industrial automation such as sensors, actuators and controllers are becoming more frequently interconnected over Ethernet-based networks. One of the most important requirements for this trend is the predictability of latency and jitter. The open-source protocol POWERLINK provides these characteristics in addition to being fully compliant to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard. The joint XILINX and B&R lecture being given at this conference evaluates the use of Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 devices in industrial applications. This product range includes a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor with ARM NEON™ technology – architecture that is optimally suited for critical POWERLINK real-time applications. It allows the full integration of the host processor running the application, a communication co-processor executing the network stack and additional Ethernet infrastructure components.

In their presentation, Zapke and Seiss will showcase two implementation concepts to highlight the design flexibility. While the network protocol was entirely implemented in software, some timing-critical components were also moved to the programmable logic to get the most out of the ARM Cortex-A9 cores. This results in optimally targeted solutions for the various requirements using this unique platform.