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both protocol firmware variants will be updated und extended by a few features

release is planned for end of February 2022

 

The released firmware packages are published now and can be found in the respective knowledge base spaces (links below).

Several new features are implemented:

 

  • Support of Isochronous Mode –IsoM – applications, e.g. for motor control applications
    - new “config trigger event” service and sync signal generation for network cycle times starting from 500µs
  • Single Port Firmware Variant available now
  • Possibility to modify the Socket API quantity structures (number of sockets) via taglist
  • Support of PROFINET Security Class 1 (Robustness)
    - change SNMP default strings possible, DCP commands "read only"

 

The PNS V5.4 LFW is intended for certification test bundle PNIO_Version: 2.42, which allows certification tests until February 2023

 

PROFINET Security Class 1 is not yet rolled out by PI. Specification is available but infrastructure, e.g. for certificate handling, is missing.
Nevertheless, our Firmware is prepared and ready to support Security Class 1 as soon as it becomes usable.

 

The Isochronous Mode Support  is interesting for drive manufacturers and generally for users with sophisticated synchronization requirements.

The cycle time for this use case can be as low as 500µs.

 

Generic services, like the OEM parameter handling, were further harmonized with other protocol firmware variants to ease software development of multiprotocol solutions.

 

Targets

 

The new firmware can be used on many target devices

  • COMSOL products cifX, comX, netJACK
  • netRAPID 51/52, Chip netX51/52/100/500
  • cifX M.2 card, netRAPID 90, Chip: netX 90

 

 

Further Information and Download

 

Migration Guides

PNS V4 netX 51/52/100/500: https://kb.hilscher.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=143221813

PNS V5 netX 90: https://kb.hilscher.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=143221822

 

Please refer to

Public Information:

https://kb.hilscher.com/display/PNS3V5/PROFINET+IO-Device+V4.6.0.0

https://kb.hilscher.com/display/PNS3V5/PROFINET+IO-Device+V5.4.0.0

 


With release of the sercos III LFW, we extend the offering of netX 90 firmware by a 6th RTE - Real Time Ethernet - variant.

sercos is primarily used in drive applications with high synchronisation requirements. Bus cycle times down to 250usec are possible.

Our protocol firmware complies to the sercos specification V1.1.2. and supports SIP - sercos internet protocol and diagnostic trace buffers.


Targets

The new firmware can be used on the following target devices

  • cifX M.2 card
  • netRAPID 90
  • Chip: netx 90


Further Information

Please refer to Public Information:

Sercos Slave V5

Many features found the way into this release which may open new opportunities.


Especially the SoE - Servo over EtherCAT service is interesting for drive and encoder manufacturers. It enhances our netMOTION initiative.

Applications with Sercos II+III motion profile implementations can be ported to EtherCAT based communication solutions with relatively low effort.


AoE - ADS (Automation Device Specification) over EtherCAT is a Beckhoff specific protocol (also supported by Hilscher EC Master)

It is typically used in modular devices or fieldbus gateways, e.g. IO-Link gateways, to map acyclic services of single ports or modules to EtherCAT.

The Hilscher AoE API is very similar to the object dictionary interface (ODV3) and therefore familiar to most users.


VoE - Vendor specific protocol over EtherCAT - enables the user to implement its own protocols for a slave to master communication, via mailbox type 15 data transfer.


AoE and VoE were supported in former Hilscher stack generations, e.g. in V4, but are now also available for netX 90 based products.


The Diagnostic History API unburden the user application. The service handles diagnostic data objects automatically inside the protocol stack,
while the user can concentrate on the actual diagnostic content. This service is related to the EtherCAT emergency concept.



Major Improvements

  • Support for SoE – Servo over EtherCAT
  • Support for AoE - ADS (Automation Device Specification - Beckhoff) over EtherCAT
  • Support for VoE - Vendor specific protocol over EtherCAT
  • Diagnostic History API (EtherCAT emergency concept)
  • Flexible configurable number of sockets via taglist


Targets


The new firmware can be used on the following target devices

  • cifX M.2 card
  • netRAPID 90
  • Chip: netx 90



Further Information


Please refer to

Public Information:

https://kb.hilscher.com/display/ECS4V2/EtherCAT+Slave+V5


In the course of continuous development, many components of the EtherNet/IP firmware were updated to latest versions and several new features were implemented.
The Firmware is intended for certification test CT18

 

Major Improvements

  • Extended API to fully support CIP Safety applications
  • Null Forward Open Support
    enhances usability of Rockwell PLCs
  • Single port firmware variant (standard MAC) (only V5.3, not V3.7)
  • LLDP and SNMP support (enables future CT19 conformity)

 

Targets

 

The EIS V5.3 firmware can be used on the following target devices

  • cifX M.2 card
  • netRAPID 90
  • Chip: netx 90

 

EIS V3.7 is available for netX 51, netx 52, netX 100, netX 500 based products.

 

 

Further Information

 

Please refer to

Public Information:

EtherNet/IP Adapter V5.3,

EtherNet/IP Adapter V3.7

 

 

Notes on CIP Security

 

In parallel to the standard firmware, our development team is working on a security enabled variant of EtherNet/IP LFW,

adding the CIP Security feature and other security related functions to EIS V5.3 for netX 90 (not for EIS V3.7)

This variant will become available as a “prototype” firmware within the next 2 month.
I.e. it will be offered to interested customers for tests and development purposes only and not yet for series production.

Please contact me in case of customer enquiries.

Further information will follow in time.