Renesas Electronics has announced its latest industrial Ethernet module solution, the I-RJ45, which incorporates a single- or dual-port RJ45 connector and simplifies integration for industrial Ethernet by supporting various industrial network slave applications including sensors and transmitters, gateways, operator terminals and remote I/O.
The solution comprises an intelligent RJ45 module that comes with qualified embedded software to support multiple industrial Ethernet protocol stacks.
The software package and sample codes provide system manufacturers with a complete set of tools and frameworks to build their application without any additional up-front costs or complexity.
This accelerates prototyping, reducing the time needed for industrial network protocol integration efforts up to three months.
The I-RJ45 module solution is a ready-to-use hardware and software solution that includes a pre-certified PROFINET implementation and can be used for mass-produced applications. Renesas plans to support other industrial protocols including EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP in the future.
With a general Application Programmable Interface (API), the application can easily be connected to the protocol software and offers a seamless integration path to other Renesas ASSP solutions. The single-port version is based on the RX64M microcontroller (MCU) Group and the dual-port module solution includes the R-IN32M3 industrial Ethernet communication chip.
Renesas also offers a solution kit version of the module solution that exists of a single or dual-port industrial Ethernet module soldered on an adapter board for development.
This adapter board provides standard Arduino and Pmod interfaces, which enables it to connect to other Renesas MCU development boards including Renesas Synergy and RX. The Ethernet module solution kit also includes a quick start up guide, a USB cable and a CD with software and documentation.