Industrial Ethernet chips support multiple communications protocols

Renesas has announced the R-IN32M3 series of industrial Ethernet communication chips which offers support for multiple communication protocols including CC-Link IE and EtherCAT.

The chips feature an integrated real time OS offload engine and Ethernet accelerator. Renesas says the combination of the cpu and integrated real time OS offload engine results in real time responsiveness five to ten times that of a conventional software real time OS. Fluctuation caused by inconsistencies in the operation time with conventional cpu processing is also said to be reduced from one fifth to one tenth of the previous level. The series includes an integrated 100MHz ARM Cortex-M3 cpu.