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Miniature Embedded Cortex-M7 Module for IIot Applications Supports up to Three CAN FD Ports

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TQMa117xL - Embedded Cortex-M7 module based on i.MX RT1170 with Real-Time Functionality

TQ announced their TQMa117xL system-on-chip (SOC) module to develop space-saving and energy-efficient control systems. The board supports up to three CAN FD interfaces.

The module uses the power of the NXP i.MX RT1170 MCU. It comes a compact size of 31 mm x 31 mm (1.2 " x 1.2") and supplies all CPU signals via a total of 277 LGA (Land Grid Array) pads. The module utilizes LP-SDRAM, Quad-SPI-NOR flash, and EEPROM memory. Furthermore, there is an optional security chip and a PMIC (power management IC). Thanks to the processor's versatility and the power dissipation of less than 1 W, the module design offers numerous application prospects for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications. A variety of interfaces include CAN FD, Ethernet, USB, UART, SD card, GPIOs, audio ports, etc. The module, as well as the corresponding mainboard, is now available in series production.

The recent generation of the NXP i.MX RT processor family, called Crossover MCU, bridges the gap between CPU and MCU. Hence, it blends energy efficiency and performance with fast and high-performance interfaces. In addition, they implement the peripherals of application processors and deliver a high level of integration, including high-speed interfaces, improved security functions, and hardware support for graphical applications. As a result, current MCU users can continue to use their existing tools.

Furthermore, using the MCU technology, the i.MX-RT products may eliminate the need for an on-chip flash, thus reducing costs and enabling the operation at a higher clock frequency to improve processor performance.

The module provides interfaces to measure the room temperature, connect a touch display, and display information. Thus, it fits smart homes and building automation, e.g., climate, lighting, and access control. The module also supports industrial controller applications implemented on a real-time operating system (e.g., Free RTOS) for display systems, motor controllers, actuators, etc.

  • Display up to WXGA (1280x800) @60 fps
  • Up to 3 CAN FD
  • Integrated Cortex®-M7
  • High-speed communication via 2x Gbit Ethernet (1x TSN/1xAVB), and 2x USB 2.0 interface
  • Low power consumption (typ. 1 W)
  • Integrated security functions

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Teensy 4.0 CAN FD to USB Converter

Teensy 4.0 CAN FD to USB Converter

This board uses the Teensy 4.0 as a CAN FD to USB converter. The Teensy 4.0 comes with a high-speed 480Mbit/s USB HS interface. The MCP2558FD CAN FD transceiver is rated up to 8Mbps with silent mode under control via software or hardware link.

The MCP2557/8FD is a Microchip Technology Inc. high-speed CAN transceiver/CAN Flexible Data Rate Transceiver with Silent Mode. The devices meet and exceed CAN FD specification requirements in addition to the latest Automotive OEM requirements.

The Teensy 4.0 features an ARM Cortex-M7 processor at 600 MHz, with a NXP iMXRT1062 chip. It can be programmed using the Arduino IDE with Teensyduino add-on.

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CAN Bus Bolt Connects Industrial Machinery And Devices to Wireless Networks, WiFi And Bluetooth

HMS Networks introduced its Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN gateway, providing CAN Bus communication via WiFi or Bluetooth. The device builds on the success of Anybus Wireless Bolt, which is applied to wireless Ethernet access. Like its predecessor, the gateway for bolt-on-machine mounting is suitable for heavy-duty machinery and demanding industrial applications. Applications include warehouse installations and AGVs (Automated [...]

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CAN Bus Enabled PC For Industrial IoT (IIoT) And Transportation Applications

Portwell launched its Lynx-612B PC, an industrial PC of their Lynx-6000 Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) gateway series based on the Intel Celeron N3350 CPU (formerly Apollo Lake platform). The device is equipped with a two-core CPU, and it is certified by Microsoft Azure IoT, which provides a scalable infrastructure for data, virtual machines, servers, and front-end [...]

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RFID Reader Device Supports CANopen, SAE J1939 Data Monitoring And Recording For IoT, IIoT Applications

The Bluebox CX series by iDTRONIC (Germany) represent CAN-Bus-connectible RFID reader devices supporting the CANopen and SAE J1939 higher-layer protocols.The CAN Bus data monitoring and recording is made possible using the CAN Bus connection (CANopen or SAE J1939), RS232/485, or Wiegand interfaces. The CAN Bus also manages the real-time transmission of ongoing processes in automotive, medical technology, or agricultural [...]

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Design Concept: Ethernet Controller For Embedded IoT Systems And Automotive Networking

We at Copperhill Technologies have plans to create gateways for automotive networking, which includes serial protocols such as Automotive Ethernet, CAN (Controller Area Network), and LIN (Local Interconnect Network). The following focusses on the Ethernet part of the concept, where Ethernet also applies to Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industrial-Internet-of-Things (IIoT) applications. The basic idea is to build [...]

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COM Express Type 6 Basic Module For Industrial IoT Applications

Axiomtek announced the release of its CEM520, a COM Express Type 6 basic module featuring triple independent displays, industrial operating temperature range, and plenty of possibilities for expansions. The CEM520 utilizes the Intel Xeon E-2176M and 8th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors (codename: Coffee Lake) with the Intel CM246/QM370/HM370 chipset. The 125 x 95 mm system-on-module [...]

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Ecosystem For Securely Connecting Industrial IoT (IIoT) And Automotive Systems To Cellular Networks

STMicroelectronics has designed a complete ecosystem for securely connecting Industrial IoT (IIoT) and automotive systems to cellular networks.Through offering access to networks and services worldwide, ST’s solution serves to simplify connectivity for IIoT applications such as remote condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, as well as connected-driving services such as infotainment, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency assistance.ST [...]

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IIoT Gateway Connects Modbus Devices To Cloud-Based Data Logging Solutions

The STRIDE MQTT gateway by AutomationDirect connects industrial Modbus devices to an MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) cloud-based data logging system. MQTT is a machine-to-machine IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) connectivity protocol that renders low power usage, data packets, and distribution of information to single or multiple receivers.The STRIDE MQTT gateway implements a hardware setup to add Modbus RTU/TCP [...]

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Embedded IoT Gateway Connects CAN Bus FD To The Cloud Per LTE Or WLAN

Janz Tec (Germany) has developed the emIOT-A/iMX6 gateway. It connects CAN FD networks with wireless communication networks such as LTE and WLAN. Besides its CAN-PMC/FD and CAN-PCIe/FD boards, Janz Tec offers the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) gateway with CAN FD interfaces. The CAN FD interface is ISO 11898-1:2015 compliant. The extended temperature range of -40 °C to [...]

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3.5" Embedded SBC With Intel Celeron Processor Presents A Solution For IIoT Applications

Axiomtek announced their CAPA84R, a fanless 3.5-inch embedded motherboard powered by the Intel Celeron processor J1900 quad-core or J1800 dual-core. The CPU is located at the rear side of the motherboard, which further serves the heat-extraction process. This fanless embedded board supports an operating temperature range of -20°C to +70°C. The CAPA84R also comes with I/O [...]

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