Complete PROFIBUS DP Slave in FPGA

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Softing introduces a new PROFIBUS Slave subsystem programmed into an FPGA

Easily implement a complete PROFIBUS field device within an FPGA using Softing’s PROFIBUS subsystem.

The device manufacturer can select the type and size of the FPGA that fits the PROFIBUS DP Slave as well as his application-specific logic and, where appropriate, the application processor.

Softing's new PROFIBUS protocol software solution is ported to the target processor, significantly speeding up the development effort. Software engineers can concentrate on implementing device applications versus learning the intricacies of the protocol. Source code of an example device application is included to further speed the implementation of a PROFIBUS slave device.

FPGA technology allows for very compact solutions by running the device application and the protocol software on separate virtual/loadable processors. Or, the PROFIBUS subsystem can be integrated with an external microcontroller.

According to Christian Braeutigam, Product Manager Industrial Communication at Softing, “The device manufacturer can select the type and size of the FPGA that fits the PROFIBUS DP Slave as well as his application-specific logic and, where appropriate, the application processor. The fact that the PROFIBUS slave controller is delivered as an IP core eliminates the dependency on a specific bus controller ASIC.”

The PROFIBUS Slave subsystem supports DP-V0 and DP-V1 and is available for Altera FPGA Cyclone-Series III, IV, V and SoC. Manufacturers who need to support other communication protocols such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Ethernet POWERLINK or Modbus TCP with their devices particularly benefit from Softing’s FPGA approach, since the available communication subsystems all have the same application interface.

About Softing

Softing is a world leading provider of industrial communication products and technologies for manufacturing and process automation. The company’s products and services are tailored to the requirements of system integrators, device vendors, machine and equipment manufacturers or end users and are known for their ease of use and functional advantages. For more details: http://industrial.softing.com/us/startpage.html

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Heather Ripley
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hripley (at) ripleypr (dot) com
865-977-1973

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