netSHIELD is an evaluation expansion board with Arduino compatible connectors for development purposes.
It enables the user to connect a Microcontroller based application to all market relevant Real-Time-Ethernet industrial networks with best-in-class real time capabilities, like PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT and others.
The extension board features a netX 52 system on chip. The netX SoC architecture is designed from the ground up for the highest demands on flexibility, determinism and performance in terms of multi-protocol capability and low latency for short cycle times. The heterogeneous multi-core architecture features an ARM processor core, coupled with a flexible communication subsystem (xC) for varieties of industrial applications support.
The communication subsystem, i.e. the Protocol Stack, runs completely independent on the netX SoC and requires only small memory and very limited CPU resources from the host microcontroller. A protocol specific firmware image for the netX network controller is stored in a serial flash memory.
The extension board is designed and tested for 3.3V based hardware designs like STM32 Nucleo Microcontroller evaluation boards.
Scope of delivery:
- NSHIELD 52-RE
- Product Software on the web
- Limited evaluation firmware
- Extensive documentation