Mission-critical memory in IoT and Industry 4.0 for smarter and more connected factories

06-03-2018 | RS Components | Design Applications

With the advent of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, factories are growing smarter and more connected. In these factories, Industry 4.0 represents a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” factory automation. This means that sensors, motor controls and drives at the field-level, not only collect and feed data to control-level equipment like PLC, but also make decisions locally to correct or optimize processes. Next-generation wireless IoT sensor nodes and industrial control systems need low-pin-count, high-performance non-volatile memories to log user and sensor data continuously and to instantly capture system state data, in the case of power loss. Cypress’ new ExcelonTM-Ultra family of F-RAM is purpose-built for this and allows a low-pin-count high-speed interface with unlimited endurance, low-power operation, fast writes, and instant non-volatility. Also, wireless IoT sensor nodes are power-constrained and need non-volatile memories that can continuously log real-time system data, over the life of the sensor node, using the lowest power consumption. For this application, Excelon is an ideal choice and is an energy efficient non-volatile memory, consuming 200x less energy than serial EEPROM and 3,000x less energy than NOR Flash. The Excelon development kit is a low-cost hardware platform that enables design and debug with Excelon F-RAM using the Cypress PSoC 63 Line of MCUs. Offering on-board low-power PSoC 63 controller and BLE connectivity, the kit provides the key components required to develop a lower-power and secure IoT system with energy-efficient, local data-logging with Excelon F-RAM.

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