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IO-Link Ref Design Pairs Configurable Analog Input/Output with Transceiver Boards

Dec. 1, 2020
To better evaluate and integrate an IO-Link interface, this reference design merges an analog I/O IC with a corresponding industrial transceiver IC while maintaining galvanic isolation.

An experienced circuit-design EE once clarified his view of the hierarchy of IC-vendor design support: High-performance, feature-rich ICs were good, application circuits were better, but complete reference designs, well…they were the best. That’s understandable, given the complexity of many ICs and how much has to be “just right” in circuit and software to get a number of these ICs to function before even being able to explore and exploit their full potential (and even meeting regulatory mandates).

Addressing this need, Maxim Integrated announced the MAXREFDES177# IO-Link reference design (Fig. 1). It leverages the flexibility of the MAX22515 IO-Link transceiver IC and enables setting the many modes of the MAX22000 software-configurable analog I/O IC. The two-IC chipset solution takes advantage of IO-Link’s two-way universal interface, which allows every IO-Link sensor, actuator, or I/O expansion module to be interchangeable due to a standard hardware interface. It also provides software-defined performance parameters and selectable analog-input/output performance modes.

The MAXREFDES177# design includes a MAX22000 industrial universal analog I/O device that’s fully software-configurable for all common industrial analog input/output, voltage, and current ranges. A MAX14483 six-channel, 3.75-kVRMS digital-galvanic isolator, a MAX22515 IO-Link device transceiver; and an Atmel ATSAM low-power microcontroller are all tied together via a third-party device software stack. The complete reference design fits on a 61- × 25-mm printed circuit board (PCB) (Fig. 2).

The analog (field) side uses a four-way PCB terminal block and includes full (galvanic) isolation from the IO-Link side, while an isolated power supply is derived from the L+ (24 V) supply at the IO-Link master connection. The MAXREFES177# sets the linear range at 105% and full-scale range at 125% of the nominal range. The board contains a male M12 connector to connect to a compliant IO-Link master using a standard M12 cable.

The analog side of this IO-Link uses the Technologie Management Gruppe Technologie und Engineering (TMG TE) IO-Link device stack to communicate with any IO-Link having a version 1.1-compliant master, and well as with user configuration screens (Fig. 3).

The MAXREFDES177# doesn’t require external protection devices such as varistors or transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes due to the surge protection integrated in the MAX22515 at the IO-Link interface. This reference design meets both the IEC 61000-4-2 standard for electrostatic discharge (ESD) up to ±4 kV and the IEC 61000-4-4 standard for electrical fast transient (EFT) ±4 kV, and is designed to provide surge-withstand capability of 2 A at t = 1.2/50 μs up to ±1.0 kV. Additional TVS protection circuitry is included as part of the field-side analog I/O circuit.

The $65 reference design and each of its constituent parts has its own home page and datasheet, as expected: MAXREFDES177# IO-Link Universal Analog I/O Reference Design; the MAX22000 Industrial Configurable Analog I/O; and the MAX22515 IO-Link Transceiver with Integrated Protection.


Wikipedia, “IO-Link

IO-Link Consortium, “IO-Link FAQ

Maxim Integrated, “IO-Link Handbook

Profinews, “Learn All About IO-Link – the Basics

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