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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
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Abstract

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.

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