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SPOF—Slave Powerlink on FPGA for Smart Sensors and Actuators Interfacing for Industry 4.0 Applications

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienze dell’Informazione e Matematica, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione e di Economia, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Energies 2019, 12(9), 1633; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12091633
Received: 20 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 23 April 2019 / Published: 29 April 2019
We here present a new PLC-POWERLINK industrial solution for Industry 4.0 applications. The proposed solution provides the capability to separate the sensing functionality from the PLC-side, in demand for the reconfigurable FPGA implementation. In particular, we here provide a framework that supports the interfacing between the POWERLINK protocol and commonly used standards, such as I2C, SPI, and UART. This has been obtained by using a framework built around a soft IP-core Application Processor, which manages the interfacing with several POWERLINK slaves, able to support the data exchange with the POWERLINK Communication Processor. A practical application example and related implementation details are presented in the paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: POWERLINK; PLC; multi-core; FPGA; sensor interfacing POWERLINK; PLC; multi-core; FPGA; sensor interfacing
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Valente, G.; Muttillo, V.; Muttillo, M.; Barile, G.; Leoni, A.; Tiberti, W.; Pomante, L. SPOF—Slave Powerlink on FPGA for Smart Sensors and Actuators Interfacing for Industry 4.0 Applications. Energies 2019, 12, 1633. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12091633

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Valente G, Muttillo V, Muttillo M, Barile G, Leoni A, Tiberti W, Pomante L. SPOF—Slave Powerlink on FPGA for Smart Sensors and Actuators Interfacing for Industry 4.0 Applications. Energies. 2019; 12(9):1633. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12091633

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Valente, Giacomo, Vittoriano Muttillo, Mirco Muttillo, Gianluca Barile, Alfiero Leoni, Walter Tiberti, and Luigi Pomante. 2019. "SPOF—Slave Powerlink on FPGA for Smart Sensors and Actuators Interfacing for Industry 4.0 Applications" Energies 12, no. 9: 1633. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12091633

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