In the post epidemic era, all industries are facing the urgent need to return to work. How to deal with labor shortage and how to improve production efficiency will undoubtedly put manufacturing automation and intelligence on the agenda. In addition, China will probably enter the era of negative population growth this year, which will bring more and more serious labor problems, and accelerate the process of automation upgrading of enterprises.



Under the continuous promotion of industry, policy and other factors, the robot application as the symbol of automation has begun to accelerate to blossom in various industries and fields, especially in the field of industrial manufacturing. According to the report on the development of China’s robot industry in 2021 released at the 2021 world robot conference, the scale of China’s robot market is expected to be 83.9 billion yuan in 2021, including 44.57 billion yuan for industrial robots. It is expected that by 2023, it will exceed 58.9 billion yuan. In the face of the emerging market of nearly 100 billion yuan, all major semiconductor manufacturers have gradually shifted their focus to this field early. Among them, adeno semiconductor (ADI), as a semiconductor supplier with profound accumulation in the industrial field, has launched many excellent solutions with its excellent technical advantages.


Rapid prototyping platform is the key to accelerate the evolution of robot technology



Nowadays, the proportion of industrial robots is increasing, and robots are becoming more intelligent and safer, which is supported by the rapid prototyping platform of industrial robots. A qualified industrial robot prototype development platform has three factors: first, the platform needs to be extensible, it must be modular, support the use of different interchangeable cards, and can easily connect different modules or cards to test and evaluate many functions, unlike a typical evaluation platform with only a few functions; Second, the module needs to provide a high degree of software flexibility. For example, the robot platform can use open source resources to support various operating systems; Third, the platform must provide a certain degree of hardware flexibility, provide a variety of connection options for different interface types, and cope with various applications through FPGA capabilities. In this regard, ADI provides an excellent choice for motor control and industrial robot applications in various end markets – configurable motion and robot platforms with connection options for motor drive, position feedback, FPGA, industrial Ethernet and current detection.

ADI configurable motion and robot platform


This configurable motion and robot platform is designed for technical evaluation, prototyping or bog development. It is an independent development platform with all standard devices required for FPGA development. It has on-board cyclone and FPGA SOM, and can be easily expanded through low pin count FPGA mezzanine cards. The platform can be powered by power supply. Adp121, a low quiescent current and low dropout linear regulator of ADI, is adopted. The regulator is powered by 2.3 V to 5.5 V power supply, and the maximum output current is 150 mA. At 150 mA load, the voltage difference is only 135 MV, which can not only improve the efficiency, but also make the device work in a wide input voltage range, and the static current at full load is as low as 30 μ A。 At the same time, it is equipped with a variety of interfaces to meet all connection requirements.



Industrial automation applications are gradually adopting real-time Ethernet connection, which requires Ethernet PHY devices with low power consumption, low delay and robust performance to operate reliably in harsh industrial environments. This configurable motion and robot platform also includes a 1GB Ethernet phyadin1300, HDMI transmitter adv7511, SD card connector, buttons, LEDs, micro USB console port, and a powerful switching mode power supply for all onboard voltages. The robust industrial Ethernet PHY adin1300 has the lowest Gigabit PHY delay and low power consumption in the industry. Adin1300 can significantly improve the performance of time critical lines and loop networks, and the delay can be reduced by 25%. At the same time, the power consumption is reduced by 30%, and no fan or radiator is required to keep the product cool. In addition, when used with fido5200, it can provide real-time multi protocol Industrial Ethernet device connection.



“One to many” plug and play interface scheme simplifies system development



After designing the robot, we need to provide it with advanced connection solutions. Because there are so many industrial communication protocols at present, an excellent network interface solution is very important in order to access customers’ current industrial networks faster and better. First of all, the network interface solution can support multi protocol connection, not only simplify the integration, but also provide backward compatibility, and adapt to the future connection requirements to a certain extent. Secondly, in order to simplify the deployment of connectivity solutions, plug and play solutions are ideal because they can accelerate development and save a lot of engineering design time. Finally, a unified software interface shall be provided for all multi protocol interconnects. In this regard, ADI provides a network interface solution rapid platform generation 2 that meets the above characteristics.

ADI rapid2 platform


The 2nd generation of rapid platform based on adin2299 is a fully tested and complete solution that has been pre certified to meet compliance requirements. It manages industrial protocols and network traffic for application processors and can be integrated directly into field suites.



It provides a general software interface to simplify the integration with the host microcontroller. User specific code is generated on your own application processor. In addition, the module is connected to the communication controller through a unified interface, and Adi provides the software drivers and APIs required for development. Protocol specific communication is handled by the communication controller ADSP cm409. Rapid2 can save time and development cost, reduce design risk, and simplify system development.



It is worth mentioning that since the module has a unified interface, the hardware and software design of a single host interface support PROFINET, PROFINET IRT, PROFIBUS, Ethernet /ip, Ethernet /ip integrated with DLR, EtherCAT and modbustcp, and select the network interface type that supports the required industrial protocol. The unified interface also ensures that the host processor hardware or software interfaces do not need to be changed even when the protocol is switched or updated. The network interface is connected to the host processor via UART, 16 bit parallel interface or Ethernet (future).



epilogue



The current worldwide consumer electronics and economic trends are exerting pressure on the high volume, small batch and on-demand manufacturing industries that need high flexibility, productivity and efficiency. This also makes industrial robots more and more cooperative, more productive, more intelligent, and better positioned to undertake these complex tasks. In this regard, ADI, which has unique advantages in the fields of motion control, functional safety, advanced detection and system level design, is intended to lead the technological revolution of industrial robots. At the same time, ADI also has the ability to transform it into valuable insights and achievements through real-world phenomena through detection, measurement, interpretation, connectivity and power functions, whether it is improved dynamic control or worker safety.

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