The Future of Industrial Networking

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 13, 2011 12:00:15 PM / by Jonathan Witthoeft posted in Ethernet, Featured In, General, gigabit ethernet, gridARM, industrial network, industrial networking, Jim Montague, microprocessors, Mike Justice, Products

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What is an industrial network driven on?   What will prepare a network for the future?  Microprocessors are the “Heart of the Network,” according to Jim Montague, executive editor at Putman Media.  “Heart of the Network,” featuring our own Mike Justice, is the featured publication in the fourth quarter 2011 edition of Industrial Networking.

Mike Justice stated, “Microprocessors might be on the lowest layer of the network, but they have a huge influence.”  Chips have evolved from simple standard microprocessors, to application-specific integrated circuits, field-programmable gate arrays, and so on.  Design flexibility is what allows industrial networking to move into the future.

gridARM System on a Chip

Gigabit Ethernet will help industrial networks keep up with the bandwidth requirements for increased network traffic.  Many gigabit products have already hit the commercial network.  It will not be long before the industrial Ethernet networks will need to speed up.  With our new gridARM microprocessor, we are able to supply our customers with a cheap Gigabit Ethernet solution for adding fast Ethernet to their devices.

The gridARM microprocessor is designed for low cost products that require a fast Ethernet connection.  This system on a chip is most flexible because it includes an ARM7TDMI core, 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC, CAN controller, up to 3 serial ports, I2C, SPI, on chip SRAM, USB device, A/D converters, and interfaces for SDRAM, Flash, Compact Flash, external SRAM, and NAND flash.

To understand why the microprocessor is the underlying technology driving advances in industrial networks and to understand how you can benefit from the evolution of microprocessors, download the full “Heart of the Network” article below.

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Announcing the gridARM System on a Chip

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 22, 2011 4:13:19 PM / by Adam Justice posted in ASIC, Atmel, Ethernet, General, gigabit ethernet, Grid Connect, gridARM, IT, Press Releases, Products

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gridARM System on a ChipToday we are announcing the gridARMtm, System on a Chip, with integrated Gigabit Ethernet. The gridARM is targeted at the low cost embedded marketplace where cost and performance are important. The cost for quantity 100 pieces is $10 each.

The gridARM is designed for low cost products that require a fast Ethernet connection. As most IT networks, PCs and laptops are all gigabit Ethernet, it only makes sense to have all your devices on the network to be as fast as possible. The gridARM is designed to be the main processor in the system. The cost of adding Ethernet to your product is now low and can be a marketing and performance advantage for your product.

The gridARM is available in volume today. The development kit includes an evaluation board, cables, JTAG emulator, power supply and a complete set of development tools including a royalty free real-time operating system, TCP/IP v4/6 library, web server, telnet and example tunneling software.

The gridARM is available in two packages – 225 pin BGA and 208 pin QFP. The gridARM chip includes an ARM7TDMI core, 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC, CAN controller, up to 3 serial ports, I2C, SPI, on chip SRAM, USB device, A/D converters, and interfaces for SDRAM, Flash, Compact Flash, external SRAM, and NAND flash.

The gridARM is our third ASIC in the family. The LX and EX ASICs have been around since the early 2000 and are used by thousands of customers in commercial and industrial applications. The gridARM is manufactured for Grid Connect by Atmel Corporation.

For more details or to purchase a development kit please go to: http://gridconnect.com/network-components/dstni-ex-dstni-lx-gridarm-chips.html?cat=108

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