Targeting motion control and networked industrial control applications which often overwhelm single MCU designs, Dualcore Semiconductor has developed a dual core industrial system on chip that offers two of almost everything.
The DCIC9907 contains two ARM 946E cores, two CAN channels, two 10/100 Mbit
Ethernet MACs with a hardware extension for real-time protocols, and a versatile
motion control logic capability, specifically designed for time-critical
and other industrial control applications.
Targeted by the company as the central digital element of an advanced Servo System Platform for use in motion control applications, DCIC9907 is designed for use in a wide variety of industrial communication applications as well.
It features a field bus controller node (Can 2.0B, ETHERNET Powerlink) as well as field bus to Ethernet connectivity (bridge/firewall, gateway /TCP/IP, web
server, firewall)and a real-time Ethernet control node (EPL Manager Node[Master] or control node [slave]).
Supporting many high-level functions for controlling and supervising industrial applications, the DCIC9907 is designed for use in real time control situations where tasks need to maintain accurately predicted time performance under all conditions, even when running in parallel with an operating system.
This is achieved through the use of one of the two ARM cores for complex real-time control and the second one for system infrastructure, such as HMI (Human Machine Interface) and the required communication interfaces. For this purpose, the company has ported the real-time EUROS operating system to the DCIC9907.
The two 10/100 MBit Ethernet MAC ports have hardware extensions which support real time protocols via Ethernet. In addition it includes 16 hardware interrupts controlled via the internal VIC (Vector Interrupt Controller) with a total of 32 interrupts available (16 Software + 16 Hardware).
An additional unique feature is a complex-motion control block which has all the built-in features necessary to control and supervise any kind of electronic motor directly from the IC. For example, the company claims, it is possible to control 3 PWM channels in parallel. It can be clocked up to 128 MHz for very demanding control applications and incorporates 109 I/O pins for I/O-intensive applications.
The DCIC9907 will be available in March in an industrial temperature range 305-pin BGA package for $20 each in volume.
Dualcore Semiconductor GmbH
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