This reference design features an easy-to-build industrial ether connectable sensor hub solution that utilizes Renesas’ RZ/N1S microprocessor (MPU), power products and sensors. The solution can collect data from sensors connected to the RZ/N1S MPU and send it to a programmable logic controller (PLC) and/or controllers, which comply with specific industrial ether protocols.

System Benefits:

  • Send data to a PLC and/or controllers, complying with industrial ether protocols: EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus-TCP, and OPC UA are all applicable for the solution, as well as IO-Link
  • Sensors can be connected by several interfaces, such as CAN, RS-485 and I2C
  • The RZ/N1S MPU has dual CPU cores: Arm® Cortex®-A7 and Arm Cortex-M3, so it can implement communication software on the Arm Cortex-M3 core and application software on the Arm Cortex-A7 core separately
  • The RZ/N1S MPU has features that help reduce bill-of-materials (BOM) and the size of the PCB