Kontron i.MX8M Mini platform with CODESYS SoftPLC

18th October 2022
Sam Holland

Kontron has expanded its i.MX8M Mini platform to include the leading manufacturer-independent IEC-61131-3 automation software CODESYS for project management in industrial control systems.

Complex control tasks can be implemented easily and quickly with this modern and hardware-independent development interface.

The product range, which is based on the powerful i.MX8M Mini platform, is now available with CODESYS SoftPLC and offers users practical, integrated solutions for convenient project planning of automation applications. System-on-modules, single-board computers, robust computers on DIN rails, touch displays, web panels and customer-specific boards can be easily granted new functions with a single or multi-core CODESYS licence.

The i.MX8M Mini Quad Core application processor based on ARM Cortex architecture is the perfect solution for demanding automation tasks, real-time applications and high-quality visualisation solutions. In addition to a powerful 4x Arm Cortex A53 microprocessor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz and DDR4 memory technology, the system offers a standard peripheral set with a wide range of interfaces. With its numerous digital I/Os and serial communication interfaces as well as PWM and SDIO interfaces, the module is perfect for industrial applications.

The CODESYS programming tool for industrial automation application development offers further advantages: the low-cost CODESYS licence offers the use of a full range of PLC (programmable logic controller) functionalities on the Linux platform, including validated field bus protocols. The development costs and the project risk are significantly reduced and the time-to-market is shortened.

A short boot interval ensures rapid availability, and real-time behavior has been optimised once again to further boost the performance of the application. Users therefore benefit from shorter cycle times and faster, more reliable reaction of the controls. The i.MX8M Mini-based proprietary and customised products are now available with CODESYS SoftPLC.

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