Arduino Pro Opta D1608E/D1608S expansions feature electromechanical or solid-state relays, 16 I/Os

Arduino Pro Opta Ext D1608S and D1608E

Arduino has recently announced two new expansions to their Arduino Pro Opta PLC series – the Arduino Pro Opta Ext D1608E and Arduino Pro Opta Ext D1608S, the main difference between the two is that the D1608E features 8 electromechanical relays (EMRs) whereas the D1608S features solid-state relays (SSRs). Other than that both expansion modules have 16x programmable I/Os (0-24 V digital / 0-24 V analog) which doubles the number of I/Os we have seen on the Opta micro PLC. Both are compatible with the Arduino IDE and the PLC IDE and are easy to install on a DIN rail. These features make it suitable for control, monitoring, and predictive maintenance applications. Previously we have seen Arduino launch a PLC Starter Kit for those who want to get started with PLCs. Additionally, we have written about ESP32-powered PLCs, Raspberry Pi-powered PLCs, and more. Feel free to check those out if you […]

Industrial control board combines Raspberry Pi CM4/CM5 with STM32H7 MCU for real-time control

Industrial control board Raspberry Pi CM4 CM5

Paisley Microsystems PMC-C-CMX is a DIN-Rail mountable industrial control board taking a Raspberry Pi CM4 or CM5 (once launched), equipped with an STM32H7 Arm Cortex-M7 microcontroller for real-time control. The carrier board integrates features such as wide voltage input (7 to 55V DC),  an M.2 PCIe Gen 3 Key-B and Key-M sockets with cellular option, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and MIPI DSI display interfaces, twp MIPI CSI camera interfaces, and several headers and connectors with RS485, GPIO, I2S, SPI, and more connected to either the Raspberry Pi Compute Module or the STM32H7 MCU. Paisley Microsystems PMC-C-CMX specifications: Supported system-on-modules – Raspberry Pi CM4 or upcoming Raspberry Pi CM5 MCU – STMicro STM32H7B0 Arm Cortex-M7 microcontroller up to 280 MHz with 128KB flash, 1.4MB SRAM MCU <-> CM communication – UART and/or SPI Video Output 2x HDMI ports up to 4Kp60 2x MIPI DSI connectors Camera input – 2x MIPI CSI connectors […]

GigaDevice announces GD32F5 Cortex-M33 microcontroller targeted at high-performance applications

GigaDevice GD32F5 Cortex-M33 microcontroller

GigaDevice has officially launched the GD32F5 microcontroller series based on the Arm Cortex-M33 core. The Arm Cortex-M33 core has a maximum operating frequency of 200MHz and a working performance of up to 3.31 CoreMark/MHz. It also comes with a digital signal processing extension and a single-precision floating-point unit to reduce the load on the core. The GD32F5 microcontrollers are designed for high-performance applications and come equipped with up to 7.5MB on-chip flash, 1MB static RAM (SRAM), and diverse connectivity peripherals. The on-chip flash includes a zero-wait execution area (code flash) to improve code processing efficiency and real-time performance, and sizable data flash space for storing backups and parameters. The products support seamless OTA updates with a maximum of 2MB for Read-While-Write (RWW) operations. According to GigaDevice, the GD32F5 series is expected to find applications in “energy and power management, photovoltaic energy storage, industrial automation, programmable logic controllers (PLC), network communication […]

The Arduino PLC Starter Kit aims to teach programmable logic control to high school and university students

Arduino PLC Starter Kit

Arduino PLC Starter Kit combines the Arduino Opta micro PLC, the Arduino DIN Simul8 digital input simulator and power distribution board, and the Arduino DIN Celsius board with two independent heater circuits and one temperature sensor acting as a temperature laboratory. The kit is supported by the Arduino PLC IDE first introduced in 2022 and comes with various cables and a power supply that allows users to quickly get started. Arduino says the kit targets the education of students aged 17 years and more. It includes 20 hours of lessons going through the history of programmable logic controllers, Modbus RS-485 communications, and how PLCs integrate with industrial simulated systems. The main hardware and software components of the kits are: Arduino Opta WiFi micro PLC based on an STMicro STM32H747XI dual-core Arm Cortex-M7/M4 MCU, offering Ethernet and RS485 communication interfaces, and exposing eight digital/analog inputs, plus four relay outputs. DIN Rail-mountable […]

Sfera Labs Strato Pi Max DIN rail industrial controllers are built around Raspberry Pi CM4 or Zymbit SCM module

Sferalabs Strato Pi Max XL & Pi Max XS

Sfera Labs has recently introduced two new Pi Max DIN rail industrial controllers – the Strato Pi Max XS and Strato Pi Max XL configured with a Raspberry Pi CM4 or the Zymbit Secure Compute Module (SCM). Both have options for different RAM and eMMC flash configurations and can come with or without wireless connectivity. The module also features a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller that manages tasks such as power management and boot sequence control. Additionally, it enables connections to the CM4 module through I²C, USB, and UART. Strato Pi Max industrial controller specification Base Module – Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 or Zymbit SCM options. Microcontroller – Raspberry RP2040 dual ARM Cortex-M0+ at 133 MHz. Storage – eMMC, microSD (dual for XL), M.2 PCIe SSD. Connectivity – Wi-Fi, BLE, dual Ethernet ports (GbE and 100MbE). USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports with power control and fault detection. Sensors – 3-axis accelerometer. Cooling – Internal […]

AAEON COM-RAPC6 and COM-ADNC6 COM Express modules feature Raptor Lake and Alder Lake-N CPUs

AAEON COM-ADNC6 Alder Lake-N COM Express module

AAEON has unveiled two COM Express Type 6 Compact Computer-on-Module families with the COM-RAPC6 designed for high performance with 13th generation Raptor Lake processors from the 15W Intel Processor U300E up to 45W Intel Core i7 SKUs, and the COM-ADNC6 optimized for efficiency with Alder Lake-N processors such as the Intel Core i3-N305 or Atom x7425E CPUs. COM-RAPC6 Raptor Lake COM Express CPU modules Specifications: 13th gen Raptor Lake SoC (one or the other) – Note frequencies shown as base frequencies Intel Core i7-13800HRE 14C/20T processor @ 2.5GHz with Intel Iris Xe Graphics; PBP: 45W Intel Core i7-13800HE 14C/20T processor @ 2.5GHz with Intel Iris Xe Graphics; PBP: 45W Intel Core i5-13600HE 12C/16T processor @ 2.7GHz with Intel UHD Graphics; PBP: 45W Intel Core i3-13300HE 8C/12T processor @ 2.1GHz with Intel UHD Graphics; PBP: 45W Intel Core i7-1370PE 14C/20T processor @ 1.9GHz with Intel UHD Graphics; PBP: 28W Intel Core […]

7-inch Raspberry Pi CM4-based industrial HMI offers gigabit Ethernet, RS485 Modbus, digital and analog inputs

NORVI RPI-HMI Industrial Controller

NORVI RPI-HMI is an industrial controller with a 7-inch touchscreen screen display powered by a Raspberry Pi CM4 and equipped with a range of interfaces including a gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, a few USB ports, and several terminal blocks for RS485 (Modbus), digital and analog input, transistor outputs, and 24V DC power input. The new Raspberry Pi CM4-based HMI announcement follows the NORVI ESP32-HMI controller that was launched last December with an ESP32-S3 wireless microcontroller and a 5-inch LCD display with resistive touch. The NORVI RPI-HMI builds on that with a much faster Arm processor, a larger display with a capacitive touchscreen, gigabit Ethernet, and a wider range of I/Os that makes it suitable for various industrial HMI and PLC applications. NORVI RPI-HMI Industrial Controller specifications: SoM – Raspberry Pi CM4 SoC – Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 processor with VideoCore GPU System Memory – 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4-3200 […]

Firefly Core-3562JQ Rockchip RK3562J industrial SoM works in the -40 to +85°C temperature range

Rockchip RK3562 system-on-module

Firefly Core-3562JQ is a system-on-module based on Rockchip RK3562J SoC – the industrial-grade version of the Rockchip RK3562 quad-core Cortex-A53 Tablet SoC – designed to operate in the -40 to 85°C industrial temperature range and suitable for digital signage, industrial control systems, industrial PLCs, energy data concentrators, smart healthcare, self-service terminals, and more. The CPU module features up to 8GB RAM, 64GB flash, and a Rockchip RK809-5A PMIC, plus three 80-pin board-to-board connectors exposing video output and input interfaces, audio (SPDIF, PDM, I2S) interfaces, networking (GbE and Fast Ethernet), various USB interface, a 1-lane PCIe 2.1 interface, and more. Firefly Core-3562JQ specifications: SoC – Rockchip RK3562J CPU – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.2 GHz (against 2.0 GHz for the Rockchip RK3562) GPU – Arm Mali-G52 EE with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, OpenCL 2.0 AI accelerator – None listed in the specs (Rockchip RK3562 comes […]