CHIP NEWS: netX 90 System-on-Chip Adds Security to Slave Connectivity
netX 90 is the latest and most advanced connectivity chip yet for slave device vendors. Not only can it provide universal connectivity for all popular Real-Time Ethernets (just change the firmware to change the protocol), it is "IoT-ready" and can also easily interface to all modern sensor buses. "netX 52, its predecessor, was already a powerful interface for sensors and actuators," said Nico Maeding, netX Business Development & Marketing Manager. "With netX 90 we've incorporated low level drivers for even more sensor protocols, including encoder types such as BiSS and EnDAT 2.2, and our IO-Link capability has been enhanced too."
The most important new feature is "added security," says Maeding. As well as secure boot procedures underpinning a software "chain of trust" there is a wealth of encryption technology built-in, and an architecture that enables designers to create IEC 62443-compliant layered security solutions. "We've separated the network communications to isolate malicious cyber-activity and we've even included hardware acceleration to ensure netX 90-connected slaves meet latest 'fast connect' specifications," adds Maeding.
Never before has a slave interface offered so much, he says. "This is truly a "system-on-a-chip" solution for slave devices. We honestly believe netX 90 can support anything that IIoT and Industrie 4.0 can throw at it, including MQTT, OPC UA and even TSN! I urge all field device vendors to take a look at netX 90 before considering how to move to next-generation automation devices." netX 90
netX 90 comes with a full eco-system of development boards, accessories, software etc.
It's also available as a small PCB module called "half size" netRAPID (see graphic above), that can cut design and manufacturing times dramatically.
An even more powerful "automation platform-on-a-chip" for controller applications is coming. Called netX 4000, it will offer extended levels of security and performance. netX 4000