The netX 4000 will be a new member of Hilscher’s next-generation, high-end communication controller series in 2013 and will provide a base set of high-speed peripherals such as PCI Express, USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, encryption and graphics acceleration.
The approach is similar to ARM’s BIG.little architecture for mobile phones that uses the Cortex-A15MP as an applications processor and the Cortex-A7 for real time tasks, but has a user logic area that allows customers to modify the base SoC according to their individual needs.
Standard peripherals such as DDR2 memory interface, SRAM/flash interface, SD Card interface, high-accuracy ADCs and standard timer units are also included in the SoC to allow early software development. With four universal communication channels to run field buses and real-time Ethernet systems, the device is aimed at automation devices like programmable logic controls (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs) and drives.
It also supports a set of ready-to-use operating systems such as Linux and several software drivers related to standard peripherals and graphics software are planned in order to enable an easy-to-reuse system for integration into future high-end controls for motion control, inverter drives, logic controls, HMIs or other industrial PC-type processing.