SoM (Stack/System on Module) – embedded EtherCAT hardware

In combination with GOAL technology from PORT, this SoM offers EtherCAT and other protocols on board. Simply connect via the SPI of your host controller - and your applications are already multi-protocol capable.

The SoM System/Stack on Module is a ready to use, pre-certified (with example application) dual port Ethernet module solution currently available for EtherCAT and other real-time protocols, including an embedded 2-port Ethernet switch with a 3rd internal port for bus and ring network topologies.

In the SoM – System/Stack on Module a Renesas microcontroller is integrated running a protocol library which supports various kinds of real-time industrial Ethernet communication protocols. With a well-documented generic API (Application Programming Interface), the protocol library can be simply accessed from an application processor in order to exchange real-time network data with the user application via a lean SPI module interface.

The generic API is an abstraction platform for real-time communication offering scalable multi-protocol solutions such as EtherCAT and other. The external application processor has full control of the protocol stacks running on the module CPU without interfering the modules’ real-time communication or wasting the CPU performance on the host processor.

The currently available industrial Ethernet protocols EtherCAT and other common industrial ethernet Fieldbus implementations are complying with the latest specification releases. An extensive tool chain covering evaluation boards (module and application processor), API source code and host application examples including extensive documentation makes the integration into your target application environment quite easy. All this enables the users for a lean and independent connection to existing or new applications, products and networks while accelerating time to market.