Renesas Electronics introduces ASi-5 ASSP for industrial automation

Renesas Electronics Corporation has introduced what it says is the industry’s first silicon solution to fully implement the ASi-5 (Actuator Sensor Interface version specification version 5) standard for industrial network equipment.

The ASI4U-V5 ASSP delivers 1.27 ms cycle time, 200m cable length and 96 slaves per segment. It features firmware that reduces the complexity associated with ASi-5 implementations, allowing users to minimise design risks.

The ASSP is fully backwards compatible with ASi-3 devices while incorporating the shorter cycle times, higher bandwidth resulting from the use of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), enhanced diagnostics, and state-of-the-art robustness associated with the ASi-5 standard.

Niels Trapp, Senior Director of Industrial Automation Business Division at Renesas, commented, “As the digital transformation wave sweeps across industrial factories and production facilities, the ASi-5 interface constitutes the shuttle into digitisation for millions of connected industrial endpoints and devices at the edge. The tight collaboration of Renesas and its ASi-5 development partners proved to be extraordinarily successful, and we are excited to bring the first ASi-5 silicon solution to market and enable faster transmission of larger data quantities and more efficient integration with smart sensors that are becoming an integral part of the Industrial IoT.”

The ASSP also supports all bus topologies, including line, star, and tree. Renesas says users can easily and cost-efficiently integrate it with other industrial protocols such as IO-Link and HART. It is suitable for use in smart sensors, actuators, and networked industrial automation devices.