Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are at the heart of a factory control network
As well as the processor, the PLC architecture requires support for multiple specialized peripherals, backplanes, and other custom interfaces. Typically a heterogeneous platform including an FPGA is the ideal combination to be prepared for current and emerging requirements.
HMI - Human Machine Interface with SoCrates Starter Kit
SoCrates starter kit based on the new Intel SoC FPGA with display touch
The SoC integrates a dual-core ARM Cyclone® V FPGA with a dual-Cortex™A9 Hard Processor Sub System (HPS). The HPS provides the processor core and several peripherals. SoCrates provides a subset of the peripherals like Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C, UART, SDCard and GPIO. A 32 bit DDR3 Memory is used together with a QSPI Flash as a BootOption, together with the SD Card interface. The FPGA can be configured using a second QSPI Flash. The FPGA I/O Pins are connected to several connectors, providing 3.3 V I/O and LVDS I/O Standard. A special LVDS connector is available to connect the EBV Observer CMOS Sensor Board to SoCrates. On the Bottom of the board, a TFT-display with an LVDS-interface can be connected.