NXP Unites essential technologies into a modular platform

25th May 2022
Tom Anstee

The flexible, modular i.MX RT Industrial Drive Development Platform is designed to advance smart, secure industrial IoT applications with multi-motor control, deterministic communications and a foundation for industrial cybersecurity.

What's new: NXP Semiconductors debuted the i.MX RT Industrial Drive Development Platform, a comprehensive modular solution that unites essential technologies for the next era of secure Industrial IoT (IIoT). The platform is built on the i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU family and EdgeLock SE05x secure element. It supports multi-axis motor control, deterministic Ethernet with time-sensitive networking (TSN) communication, human machine interfaces (HMI), and next-generation security and cyber resilience to simplify development for Industry 4.0 applications, including robot arms, mobile service robots, 3D printers, multi-axis machinery, AC drives and servo drives.

Why it matters: Industrial systems increasingly rely on secure, smart, connected devices to advance the automation of factories, buildings and infrastructure. These Industry 4.0 devices require increasingly complex security, deterministic real-time communications and autonomous control technologies. The i.MX RT Industrial Drive Development Platform speeds time to market by allowing system designers to leverage a single platform to more quickly develop and test a variety of complex industrial use cases that incorporate a security-by-design approach.

More details: “Intelligent industrial applications must securely communicate, share data and interact with both their users and with other machines. The i.MX RT Industrial Drive Development Platform provides flexibility to develop and test advanced IIoT applications that require security-by-design,” said Jeff Steinheider, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Edge Processing, NXP. “This new platform simplifies the development of a new generation of industrial devices that will drive the transition to truly smart factories.”

The i.MX RT Industrial Drive Development Platform is built on the dual-core i.MX RT1170 family, which features a 1GHz Arm Cortex-M7 core, as well as a Cortex-M4 core. Built with a security-by-design approach and an embedded Common Criteria EAL 6+ certified EdgeLock SE05x secure element, the platform helps ease the path to system-level ISA/IEC 62443-4-1,-4-2 security compliance.

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