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EtherCAT® implementation made easy and cost-efficient with XMC4300
microcontrollers
Munich, Germany – February 9, 2016 – EtherCAT® implementation complexity and
cost can be reduced with the XMC4300 microcontroller series of Infineon
Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY). Without compromise to EtherCAT
communication features, the XMC4300 has been specifically developed for costsensitive industrial applications that also make high demands on design flexibility,
connectivity and real-time performance. Target applications comprise factory
automation, industrial motor control, I/O modules and robotics. The XMC4300 builds
on the XMC4800 series, which places special emphasis on communication and
actuators and sensors.
“By adding the XMC4300 microcontroller series to the existing XMC4800, Infineon
fosters the advancement of networked industrial automation and offers
semiconductors for high-end and cost-sensitive EtherCAT automation devices,” said
Martin Rostan, Executive Director of the EtherCAT Technology Group. “Surely the
EtherCAT community will appreciate the greater ease of use with an integrated
development environment tailored to EtherCAT applications.”
EtherCAT incomparably simple with XMC4300 and XMC4800
The XMC4300 and XMC4800 are the industry’s first microcontrollers with integrated
EtherCAT node on an ARM® Cortex®-M processor with on-chip flash and
analog/mixed signal capabilities. Both series enable compact designs because they
require no additional components such as dedicated EtherCAT ASIC, external
memory or a quartz clock generator to start up the EtherCAT slave controller. An
integrated PLL supplies the EtherCAT IP with the necessary 25-MHz clock. Code is
executed from the Cortex-M4 processor at 144MHz from the integrated RAM or flash
memory.
The XMC4300 and the XMC4800 offer an elegant solution for implementation in
mixed networks with CAN and EtherCAT. They allow a gateway from CAN to
EtherCAT to be efficiently established through DMA transfers. The XMC4300 offers
256kB of Flash and 128kB of RAM memory. It features two CAN nodes with up to 64
message objects to be organized into send/receive FIFO. Hence, communication
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takes place largely without interaction with the CPU. The XMC4300 series is certified
for an ambient temperature of up to 125 °C.
Availability of XMC4300 and XMC4800
The currently two devices of the XMC4300 series vary in temperature range, with up
to 85 °C and up to 125 °C respectively. They are available in a LQFP-100 package
and are pin and code compatible with those of the XMC4800 series.
For both, the XMC4300 and the XMC4800, volume production has already started.
All XMC4300 and XMC4800 microcontrollers will be AEC Q100 qualified and
therefore suited for commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles.
Plug & Play – Setting up EtherCAT with XMC4300
Infineon offers a development board, the XMC4300 Relax EtherCAT Kit, and suitable
software development tools for immediate EtherCAT node setup. The XMC4300
Relax EtherCAT Kit is equipped with an XMC4300 and an on-board debugger,
EtherCAT, CAN node and USB. As of February end, the kit is available from Infineon
distributors or from the XMC Kit website (www.infineon.com/xmc-dev). For software
development, Infineon offers the DAVE™ development environment with libraries for
low-level drives and apps free of charge. For EtherCAT, DAVE uses SSC (Slave
Stack Code) from Beckhoff. In addition to the free development environment,
commercial EtherCAT slave stacks are on offer from established third-party
manufacturers.
Further information
Further information about XMC4300 and XMC4800 with EtherCAT technology, the
XMC microcontrollers and their development platform DAVE is available at
www.infineon.com/ethercat and www.infineon.com/xmc and www.infineon.com/dave
and www.infineon.com/xmc-dev.
For further information about EtherCAT technology please visit www.ethercat.org.
Infineon will be presenting its XMC novelties at the Embedded World Exhibition &
Conference (February 23-24, 2016, in Nuremberg, Germany) in Hall 5, Stand 360.
Please see www.infineon.com/embeddedworld.
For the Trade Press: INFPMM201602.025e
Media Relations:
Worldwide Headquarters
U.S.A.
Asia
Japan
Investor Relations
Name:
Monika Sonntag
Sian Cummings
Chi Kang David Ong
Yoko Sasaki
EU/APAC/USA/CAN
Phone:
+49 89 234 24497
+1 310 252 7148
+65 6876 3070
+81 3 5745 7340
+49 89 234 26655
Email:
monika.sonntag@infineon.com
sian.cummings@infineon.com
david.ong@infineon.com
yoko.sasaki@infineon.com
investor.relations@infineon.com