NXP Semiconductors™ N.V. announced its newest QorIQ® Layerscape SoC, the LS1028A, integrating Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) capabilities based on the IEEE 802.1 standards.
As industrial OEMs design solutions for Industry 4.0, they must converge the operations technology (OT) domain with their information technology (IT) infrastructure. However, OT networks require guaranteed and timely delivery of packets, not the typical best-effort approach used in IT networks today. At the same time, current technologies in the OT domain are often limited to 10-100 Mbps, and do not have the bandwidth to support new technologies that are being applied to manufacturing, such as high-definition video. Time-sensitive networking supports legacy IT equipment and OT equipment on the same network, enabling Gigabit bandwidth while simplifying network deployment and management.
To provide deterministic Ethernet for industrial applications, IEEE defined TSN to support real-time, reliable networking. TSN represents the next step in the evolution of Ethernet as a ubiquitous networking technology and TSN-enabled Ethernet will play an important role in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industry 4.0 revolution. GE estimates that the industrial internet market could reach $225 billion by 2020i.
The LS1028A builds on NXP’s Layerscape family of SoCs while adding significant capabilities, including upgraded 64-bit ARM® Cortex v8 processor cores, an integrated 3D GPU and LCD controller, a four-port TSN switch and two separate TSN Ethernet controllers. The combination of time sensitive networking with a GPU enable the SoC to address industrial human machine interface and control applications. The device is built on NXP’s Trust Architecture, which provides a root of trust, securing applications and services. It is designed to support both TSN bridging applications as well as TSN endpoint applications and will be offered with a 15-year manufacturing promise.
“TSN is the foundation of the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, enabling the convergence of information and operational technology networks,” commented Noy Kucuk, vice president, Digital Networking at NXP. “Building on NXP’s decades of industrial experience, the LS1028A solves important challenges in processing, connectivity, and low-power design.”
Robust Reference Design Platform for Rapid Productization
OEMs can begin developing TSN-enabled systems today using NXP’s TSN reference design platform, accelerating prototyping and the deployment of next-generation industrial solutions. The reference design provides four switched Gigabit Ethernet TSN ports, combined with the processing and security capabilities of NXP’s Layerscape processors. The platform includes an open-source, industrial Linux SDK with real-time performance, TSN configuration support, and the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol. Developers can quickly show the benefits of TSN time-aware shaping and per-stream policing using the configuration software included with SDK. Developer’s applications written for the reference design will be forward compatible with the LS1028A SoC through standard APIs.
The NXP TSN reference design platform will be demonstrated at Embedded World 2017 in NXP’s booth (4A-220) and is available now.