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'Crossover' microcontroller med integreret TSN-switch

'Crossover' microcontroller med integreret TSN-switch

NXP’s i.MX RT1180 'crossover' baner vejen for multiprotokols industriel IoT-kommunikation, der understøtter både real-time Ethernet og Industry 4.0 systemer (in english).

NXP Semiconductors has announced its new i.MX RT1180 crossover MCU, the first with an integrated Gb time-sensitive networking (TSN) switch, enabling both time-sensitive and industrial real-time communications and supporting multiple communications protocols, bridging the gap between existing industrial systems and Industry 4.0 systems.

It’s also the first crossover MCU to include an EdgeLock secure enclave, a preconfigured, self-managed and autonomous on-die security subsystem that eases the complexity of implementing robust, system-wide security intelligence for industrial IoT applications.

Industrial environments are moving towards Industry 4.0, creating a complex mix of networking protocols. This can make it difficult to enable seamless industrial connectivity across both time-sensitive and real-time communications.

The i.MX RT1180 provides the needed multi-protocol connectivity to accomplish this, driving a unified and secure industrial IoT communication environment at all edges of the factory. An integrated EdgeLock secure enclave addresses the need for a root of trust with secure boot, authenticated debug, secure management of the device life cycle, advanced key management and tamper monitoringin these complex networked systems.

With package options starting from 10x10mm BGA,the i.MX RT1180 is among the smallest real-time industrial networking-capable devices, making it easier to integrate TSN and industrial networking capabilities into a wider variety of industrial use cases, including I/O management, motor control, compact motion control or gateway applications.

In addition to serving as an integrated solution, an i.MX RT1180 can serve as a network companion chip, providing all required industrial network connectivity to a host processor via scalable connectivity stepping up to seamless Gb direct communication with the host without on-board PHY for additional power and cost savings. The i.MX RT1180 is also suitable for automotive connectivity applications, which increasingly rely on Ethernet TSN support for both high bandwidth and real-time control data. This allows the i.MX RT1180 to act as an intelligent switch between different automotive ECUs.

- Industrial and automotive customers are looking to provide increasingly advanced network capabilities and need a solution that not only provides processing power but can also manage time-sensitive network traffic, says Jeff Steinheider, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Edge Processing, NXP.
- By having an all-in-one solution with an integrated switch and EdgeLock secure enclave, the i.MX RT1180 can address both automotive and industrial IoT applications, handling both time sensitive traffic and best-effort traffic to enable a secured automated system with advanced real-time communication capabilities. 

9/5 2022
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