Rugged Box PC for Industrial Automation with TI Sitara ARM
Wide Range of Applications
In PC-based industrial automation the BE10A presents a perfect open platform for development of flexible and task specific software applications, e.g. in process automation and robotics control.
In more complex automation architectures, in renewable energy substations or on board public transportation vehicles the BE10A is integrated between low-level devices (sensors) and remote servers or the cloud. It provides data acquisition and data processing solutions and acts as a gateway.
The BE10A is able to further extend the gateway applications into two-way full IoT interfaces. In these applications it is possible to control the field devices remotely and send updates from central server locations.
In HMI applications, e.g. ticketing machines, the BE10A is capable of interfacing a touch screen and several peripheral devices.
The Programmable-Realtime Unit (PRU) is a unique feature of TI Sitara processors which enables the BE10A to support several industrial communication protocols (EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, POWERLINK, PROFINET, SERCOS) on up to four Fast Ethernet ports. Traditionally, these protocols have been implemented with additional hardware such as an FPGA but with BE10A the fieldbus protocols are enabled by a simple firmware update. The required firmware and update tools are available from Texas Instruments.
Compact, Maintenance-Free Solution and Flexible Installation
The BE10A only needs a compact, small-footprint housing without fans, making it maintenance-free. It can easily be integrated into existing system environments.