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ICC Engineering Tool supports RJ45 multi-protocol module

20th January 2021
Alex Lynn

Renesas has offered module solutions for quick and reliable access to Industrial Real-Time Communication. These modules support PROFINET CC-B (incl. MRP), EtherNet/IP (incl. DLR) and EtherCAT. The ICC Engineering Tool supports the customer configuring the module and establishing the communication.

The RENESAS industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) is a certified hardware- and software solution, to speed up the development and offers a fast and price-effective access to the Industrial Ethernet market. One hardware covers the three most important Industrial Ethernet Fieldbus protocols.

Based on the technology of Renesas and Renesas’ quality standards offer this module certified software of the Industrial Ethernet-Protocols PROFINET + MRP, EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP +DLR on board. The mechanical dimension is of the same size as a dual port RJ45 block would be.

Upon Design-In standard cut-outs and housing can be used, alternatively upon re-designing products this module is mechanically (front cut-out) a drop-in replacement. The built-in PHYs and the simple Footprint enables for an easy design-in. A SPI connection hooks the module up the customer’s so called host CPU. Accordingly, existing host CPUs - though not as performant as today’s CPUs - can be maintained and used with PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT

The up-front investment for protocol stack licenses, implementation effort and certification cost can be significantly reduced.

Whether five or 5,00 units per year- RENESAS’ industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) offers easy access to the Industrial Real Time Ethernet market.

port offers, for the RENESAS Industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module), an ICC (Industrial Communication Creator) Engineering Tool - a tool to configure not only the objects dictionally of the module. The uniform tool allows you to configure the ‘on board’ available protocols PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT.

Besides the settings for the resource management, the Driver Settings and the parameters/assemblies/connections on the tool create the GSDML (PROFINET), EDS (EtherNet/IP), ESI (EtherCAT) Files. The tool is available for Linux and Windows.

Port's ICC Tool offers comfort, ease-of-use, and another option to accelerate the development. This tool allows for a quality improvement as it reduces manual changes in the source code to a minimum. Individual errors by the operator are eliminated. The tool also has an extra companion tool running command-line and therefore can be embedded into automated build systems.

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