With its Sitara™ processor family, Texas Instruments has succeeded in bringing a processor onto the market that for the first time does not require a separate communication chip (such as an Asic or FPGA) for bus communication. For this purpose, the processor was equipped with an independent subsystem, which is exclusively responsible for the bus communication. Space and costs can be significantly reduced by eliminating the need for separate communication chips. The multi-protocol capability of the processor allows other industrial protocols to be integrated in addition to PROFINET without further hardware development. KUNBUS offers development toolkits for PROFINET IO Device RT and IRT as well as PROFINET IO Controller RT for all Texas Instruments Sitara processors.
The toolkits are independent of the operating system used and contain all components for successful integration of a PROFINET IO device or controller on a Sitara-based hardware component. Toolkits can be immediately commissioned on all common Sitara evaluation platforms from Texas Instruments. In addition to PROFINET and PROFIBUS, KUNBUS also offers development toolkits for a variety of other common industrial protocols.