i.MX RT crossover controller with Time-Sensitive Networking switch

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By Nick Flaherty

NXP has launched a crossover i.MX controller for multi-protocol industrial IoT communications to support both real-time Ethernet and Industry 4.0 systems.

The RT1180 is the first i.MX MCU with an integrated gigabit time-sensitive networking (TSN) switch, enabling both time-sensitive and industrial real-time communications and supporting multiple communications protocols, bridging the gap between existing industrial systems and Industry 4.0 systems.

This is also the first crossover MCU to include an EdgeLock secure enclave, a preconfigured, self-managed and autonomous on-die security subsystem that eases the complexity of implementing robust, system-wide security intelligence for industrial IoT applications. This provides a root of trust with secure boot, authenticated debug, secure management of the device life cycle, advanced key management and tamper monitoring in these complex networked systems.

The chip is based around an 800 MHz ARM Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M33 core with target use cases starting from 250 mW. An integrated power management PMIC helps to enable the high degree of energy efficiency critical for many industrial applications, as well as reduce board complexity and cost. With up to 5 Gigabit ports, the i.MX RT1180 supports the latest TSN standards, as well as multiple industrial real-time network protocols, including EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, CC-Link IE, or HSR, among others. The i.MX RT1180 is also designed to help OEMs ease device compliance for ISA/IEC 62443-4-1, -4-2.

Package options start from a 10 x 10mm BGA, making the RT1180 among the smallest real-time industrial networking-capable devices. The devices is aimed at a wide variety of industrial use cases, including I/O management, motor control, compact motion control or gateway applications.

With an extended industrial qualification temperature range (-40⁰C to 125⁰C), the device can also serve as a network companion chip for industrial network connectivity to a host processor without on-board PHY for additional power and cost savings.

“Industrial and automotive customers are looking to provide increasingly advanced network capabilities and need a solution that not only provides processing power but can also manage time-sensitive network traffic,” said Jeff Steinheider, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Edge Processing, NXP. “By having an all-in-one solution with an integrated switch and EdgeLock secure enclave, the i.MX RT1180 can address both automotive and industrial IoT applications, handling both time sensitive traffic and best-effort traffic to enable a secured automated system with advanced real-time communication capabilities.”

The devices are part of the EdgeVerse edge computing platform and supported by an extensive developer ecosystem, featuring MCUXpresso Software and Tools.

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