New ProductsJanuary 13, 2020

Microcontroller EtherCAT support

Microcontroller EtherCAT Support

Renesas Electronics

The RX72M Group of RX microcontrollers (MCUs) feature an EtherCAT slave controller for industrial Ethernet communications that offers a high-performance, single-chip MCU solution with large memory capacities for industrial equipment requiring control and communication functions such as compact industrial robots, programmable logic controllers, remote I/O, and industrial gateways.

The use of EtherCAT in industrial Ethernet is growing fast, and is currently used on dedicated MCUs, ICs, and high-end system-on-chip (SoC) devices specialized for EtherCAT communication. The new RX72M Group achieves the performance of a 1396 CoreMark score at 240MHz as measured by EEMBC Benchmarks, and it is capable of both application processing and EtherCAT communication. Combining a motor-control MCU with on-chip EtherCAT slave functions allows industrial application developers reduce their bill of materials (BOM) and support the miniaturization levels required for industrial equipment design.

The RX72M Group is the first RX MCU group to include an EtherCAT slave controller featuring the RX family’s highest SRAM capacity – 1 MB of SRAM – and 4 MB of Flash memory.