Software PLC Technology Available for Altera Cyclone V SoCs

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ARM Cortex A architectures provide new cost-effective and flexible options for automation technology. The ProConOS embedded CLR (eCLR) runtime system from KW-Software provides all required functionalities to realize a complete high-performance control solution. Based on an embedded platform such as the Altera Cyclone V SoC, multitasking capability, support of online changes, provision of an interface for commissioning, debugging and monitoring of the control is available.

As a result of the processing of native machine code, control solutions based on Cyclone V SoC with its 800 MHz Dual-Core Cortex A9 processor become extremely fast. ProConOS eCLR can be programmed both in C# and in IEC 61131 languages.

The Cortex A architecture, originating from the consumer world of mobile phones and touch pads, allows the development of cost-effective, high-performance embedded-solutions. It will be an important standard platform for automation devices. The Altera Cyclone VSoC, based on Dual Core Cortex A9, is a flexible basis for these new designs.

The current solution is based on the Linux operating system. The integration of Profinet and Ethercat interfaces, as well as Motion Control functions, are already scheduled for 2013.

“Altera’s ongoing focus on the factory automation market makes our product the natural platform for vendors of IEC 61131 software,” said Suhel Dhanani, senior technical marketing manager, industrial business unit, Altera. “KW-Software and Altera have a long-standing strategic relationship that allows customers to evaluate KW-Software’s PLC runtime software and communication protocols on our ARM-based Cyclone V SoC platform.”

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