EtherCAT® is one of the fastest growing, Ethernet-based communication protocols used in industrial control systems. Freescale’s QorIQ communications processors include single-, dual-, quad- and multicore processor architectures with integrated support for communications protocols such as EtherCAT.
The new programmable logic controller (PLC) reference platform is equipped to ease development of industrial control systems. The PLC reference platform implements the KPA (koenig-pa GmbH) EtherCAT Master protocol with ISaGRAF Firmware and QNX Neutrino® RTOS on the high-performance Freescale QorIQ P1025 processor. It is supported by powerful development tools from all four companies, including the KPA EtherCAT Studio, ISaGRAF 6 Workbench, QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and Freescale CodeWarrior Development Suite.