Kontron launches PiXtend PLC with Raspberry Pi 4

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By Nick Flaherty

Kontron is launching its PiXtend Pi 4 programmable logic controller (PLC) based on the Raspberry Pi 4 with samples at the SPS show next week in Germany.

The PLC is based on the single-board computer with a Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core ARM Cortex A72 processor running at 1.5GHz with up to 8GB of RAM.

Demand for the Raspberry Pi 4 boards is still tight. Supplies ran out in a few hours at a Raspberry Pi pop-up shop in London’s west end last weekend.

The PiXtend controller can be programmed in common programming languages such as C or Python and is suitable for use with the CODESYS SoftPLC. The modules can be expanded with the PiXtend eIO, an I/O system for digital and analog sensors and actuators that can be connected via Modbus.

All controllers and modules are available in a Basic or Pro variant as a complete device with DIN rail housing.

Kontron’s PiXtend Pi 4 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface as well as two micro-HDMI ports for transferring audio and video data at resolutions up to 4Kp30. In addition to two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports are available, which transfer data up to ten times faster. In order to fully use the processor at the maximum operating speed of 1.5 GHz, a passive heat sink is installed in the aluminium case.

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