Echelon IzoT-enabled multiprotocol SoC targets IIoT

January 21, 2014

Toni_McConnel-January 21, 2014

Echelon Corporation's FT 6000 system on chip (SoC) is a single-chip solution for flexible wired IP connectivity for communities of devices in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IP-enabled, multiprotocol, multi-drop FT 6000 is part of Echelon’s IzoT platform for the IIoT, the next generation of the industrial control platform based on Echelon’s ISO-standard Free Topology (FT) architecture.

The multiprotocol IzoT software running on the FT 6000 SoC provides designers a fast, low-risk path to market for IIoT products that are reliable and both backward- and forward-compatible with the full range of communications, transport and control networking standards. As an example, designers can use the IzoT-enabled FT 6000 to create and deploy building automation applications that simultaneously support BACnet, LonWorks and IP-enabled devices.

The FT 6000 SoC integrates a multicore Neuron 4-processor core and Free Topology transceiver. Each of the four processor cores has a dedicated role: interrupt, lower-level protocol support, upper-level protocol support and support for the application itself. This division of processing labor, combined with the networking flexibility of FT, allows industrial developers to run the same application with or without IP enablement, and using their choice of preferred communications protocols (e.g., LonWorks, BACnet, Modbus).

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