Crossover MCU Provides Real-Time Monitoring for IIoT

Jan. 24, 2023
NXP's i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU is tasked with controlling three motors on a claw machine.

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NXP's RT11xx series of real-time microcontroller units (MCUs) provide deterministic Ethernet communication (see figure). They're well-suited for industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. Jeff Steinheider, General Manager of Industrial Edge Processing Products, talks about a demo incorporating these MCUs. 

The latest NXP RT1180 incorporates a full integrated time-sensitive-networking (TSN) switch for deterministic communication. The system also has EtherCAT support. The main CPU is an Arm Cortex-M7, while a second Cortex-M33 helps manage security. The EdgeLock Secure Enclave provides secure-boot support along with its own public and private key storage and hardware encryption acceleration.

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