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RENESAS RZ/T2M and port's GOAL middleware enables next-generation factory automation


Today's factory automation requires faster and more precise motor control, timely and seamless communication over Industrial Ethernet (PROFINET-RT, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, OPC UA and TSN Time-Sensitive Networking for PROFINET CC-D / CC-LINKIE TSN) of next generation.

The combination of the GOAL middleware from port and the new generation RENESAS RZ/T2M TSN-enabled family offers a future-proof option to use all previously used real-time protocols and at the same time to retrofit TSN-based protocols such as PROFINET CC-D or CC-LinkIE TSN.

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Moxa Demonstrates Together With Intel and PORT Game-changing Solution for Next-level Time-sensitive Networking (TSN)


Joint Collaboration Between Moxa, Intel and port GmbH to Advance Deterministic Network Communication Over Standard Ethernet

Halle-Saale, Germany // Taipei, Taiwan, December 14, 2021— Moxa Inc. today announced a collaboration with Intel Corporation and port industrial automation GmbH to develop a platform that demonstrates the industry’s first ready-to-use, application-to-application solution of time-sensitive networking (TSN). The solution combines Gigabit bandwidth and high performance, as well as enhanced reliability and security. The joint demonstration by an ideal combination of chip maker, device manufacturer, and software stack provider exemplifies the maturity and the potential of TSN capabilities and its readiness for being extended from wired to wireless networks. The wireless TSN will liberate standards-based, scalable, and highly flexible applications that are realizing Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) everywhere.

The joint effort shows great promise that focuses on working on a truly unified and high-performance network infrastructure permitting all types of traffic to coexist. The development, one of the most complete applications of CC-Link IE TSN among the CLPA ecosystem, integrates CC-Link IE TSN-certified products, Moxa’s TSN-enabled switches, Intel’s latest generation of processor, 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, and Intel I120 TSN-enabled platforms. In addition, the application is developed by port GmbH, who has one of the industry’s first CC-Link IE TSN Class B-certified Master stacks and can demonstrate PROFINET capabilities over TSN through the first PROFINET CC-D remote station.

“As one of the pioneers in developing TSN standards, Moxa committed to collaborating with key industry players and customers to accelerate a unified network infrastructure for communications at all levels including all kinds of industrial devices and protocols running on top of it,” said Zico Lee, deputy general manager of Moxa Networking. “Working closely with Intel and port GmbH, we’ve achieved another milestone for advancing the development of TSN to the next stage as burgeoning consensus shows that TSN and wireless capabilities should combine to digest and react to data from multiple systems in real-time.”

The unique proposition of the solution is the feasibility for the framework to integrate devices and protocols such as CC-Link IE TSN by CLPA, PROFINET over TSN (PROFINET CC-D), EtherCAT over TSN, and the upcoming OPC UA FX. There is also a neutral middleware developed for all kinds of industrial protocols over TSN to deliver synchronous communications between sensors, PLCs, and actuators, which are used in various industrial applications.

“Moxa’s solution using TSN and real-time features on Intel Architecture Processors will enable the level of determinism required by Intelligent Industrial Edge systems where data is extracted, analyzed and actions applied real time. Using standard Ethernet based solutions accelerates digital transformation to Smart Factories, thus lowering total costs of ownership,” said Sunita Shenoy, senior director of Industrial IoT Platforms, Intel.

“With TSN, there is finally an Ethernet-based technology available that can connect all kinds of devices on the factory floor using standardized Ethernet TSN infrastructure devices overcoming proprietary systems,” said Marcus Tangermann, chief technology officer, port industrial automation GmbH. “TSN infrastructure components have better knowledge about all data streams within the network, which allows sophisticated planning of network traffic.”

“The industrial Ethernet and networking expertise that Moxa brings to the industry has helped enable higher performance for precise control in manufacturing applications now and in the future, as well as higher bandwidth and real-time communications that empower evolving technologies such as edge computing, industrial AIoT, and machine vision for smart manufacturing,” said Eason Lin, senior director of Advance Product Development, Orisol, which is a world-leading company for manufacturing equipment that produces footwear, as well as an automation solution provider, and a software and smart manufacturing solution service provider. “The collaboration announced today has also got us excited about the possibility of expanding our TSN applications to a wireless horizon.”

TSN is a future-proof solution that improves determinism and reliability in industrial Ethernet-based communications across vertical markets. When it creates accurate time synchronization across a network and traffic prioritization, users can combine many types of traffic on a single network with no loss of performance. Moreover, the solution also supports time-critical, control-related tasks and improves the transparency of how information is processed to support quality and output. With the advent of the new paradigm of 5G and Wi-Fi 6/7 connectivity, it is now possible to expand deterministic communications over wireless networks.

Moxa’s Commitment to the Development of Time-sensitive Networking (TSN) Technologies

Moxa has always been passionate about building innovative industrial connectivity technologies and solutions. As part of our commitment to developing TSN technologies, Moxa is an active member of six of the world’s most significant TSN interoperability testbeds to ensure that TSN solutions are stable and reliable before going to market. Moxa continuously participates in the evolution of TSN technologies, paving the way to IIoT and Industry 4.0 with unified and open standard Ethernet infrastructure for our customers. The six testbeds that Moxa participated in are:

-           Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) TSN Testbed

-           Labs Network Industrie (LNI) 4.0 Testbed

-           Edge Computing Consortium (ECC) OPC UA TSN Testbed

-           Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII) TSN Testbed

-           China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI) TSN Testbed

-           Taiwan Institute for Information Industry (III) TSN Testbed

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CANopen master and slave stack now available for RENESAS RA4M3 and RA4M2 series.


port's proven CANopen stack is now also available for the RA4 family from RENESAS. The ICC tool (industrial communication creator tool) makes the integration of the stack much easier. 

The Renesas RA4M2 / RA4M3 group of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) uses the high-performance Arm® Cortex®-M33 core. PORT's CANopen stack, tools and drivers fully support the simple integration of CANopen functions (Master or Slave). It is conform to the standard CiA-301 and CiA-302. The CiA305 LSS Layer Setting Services is also a part of the delivery. Various CiA profiles are also available.

The CANopen ICC Tool (industrial communication creator) is a tool for rapid and cost-saving development of CANopen applications (devices). It generates an object dictionary and an initialization function in C-code, an Electronic Data Sheet (EDS) and the documentation of the project automatically. Furthermore, it simplifies the configuration of the CANopen Library and of the CANopen Driver Packages. This tool makes the integration of CANopen Master & Slave into the RENESAS RA4M3 and RA4M2 CPU family easy and efficient.

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Stack on Module

The SoM (System on Module / Stack on Module) including the multi-protocol technology “GOAL” (PROFINET, EtherNetIP, EtherCAT) from port GmbH receives an extensive firmware update 2.1.

The SoM receives an extensive firmware update which will be available from 08/2021. The update contains a number of extended functions and performance improvements. An important extension is the integration of the µGOAL technology in order to be able to incorporate low performance CPUs (e.g. 8 bit). All stacks meet the current conformance specifications. MRP and DLR have also been integrated. The update 2.1. was included in the extensive tool chain. 

Port's µGOAL technology has been integrated and now allows the simple connection of low performance CPUs such as the ATMEGA2560, STM32F, STM32G, STM32H and STM32L. The µGOAL technology makes it possible to make almost every MCU with SPI interface EtherCAT, PROFINET and EtherNetIP capable.


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Multiprotocol Support (PROFINET, EtherNetIP und EtherCAT) for MCU STM32F, G, H, L Serie from ST Microelectronics

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port extends the connection of the SoM modules (Stack on Module) to the STM32 MCU family from ST Microelectronics. With the firmware extension “µGOAL”, all derivatives of the STM32F, STM32G, STM32L and STM32H families can now be connected to the SoM (Stack on Module) via SPI. The user is now able to offer PROFINET (incl. MRP), EtherNetIP (incl. DLR) and EtherCAT for all named derivatives. 

The firmware extension µGOAL describes a software package that enables the integration of the SoM module in applications without using a complete GOAL framework platform. As a result, for example. 8 bit CPUs with 2KB RAM can also be connected via SPI with the multi-protocol support technology SoM (Stack on Module). This makes it possible to enable low-cost or low-performance CPUs to be integrated into PROFINET, EtherNetIP and EtherCAT environments quickly and easily. µGOAL mimics the required functionality from the GOAL framework, which is specifically required by the application controller framework. It is configurable in a number of ways to ensure compatibility with a wide variety of destinations. Most of the CCM-specific examples for fieldbus applications can be reused without modification. 

By using the module, no investment costs in the form of licenses are necessary. The module is cUL / CE certified. The PROFINET, EtherNetIP and EtherCAT protocols are “PRE-Certified” and therefore easy to integrate. 

An extensive tool chain such as the ICE (Industrial Communication Explorer - is included free of charge) and the ICC (Industrial Communication Creator - optionally available) make integration much easier. 

For simple testing, port GmbH offers EVAL kits based on the STM32F4 or STM32F7.

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CANopen / EtherCAT Stack´s, Drivers and Tools from port supports Infineon (Cypress) Cortex-M4 Microcontroller XMC4800 / XMC4700 with internal EtherCAT Controller.

Infineon XMC4800 CANopen_EtherCAT

“The XMC4800 device is a member of the XMC4000 family of microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor core. The growing complexity of today's energy efficient embedded control applications are demanding microcontroller solutions with higher performance CPU cores featuring DSP and FPU capabilities. The XMC4800 family of microcontrollers take advantage of Infineon's decades of experience in the industrial market to provide an optimized solution to meet the performance challenges of today's embedded control applications. First-ever EtherCAT ® node on an ARM ® Cortex ®-M microcontroller with on-chip flash and analog/mixed signal capabilities.” wrote Infineon….

Port´s CANopen Stack (Master / Slave, LSS, Multiline) and port´s EtherCAT Stack (Slave) fully support the products XMC4800 and XMC4700. The available drivers simplify the integration of the stacks considerably. The ICC (Industrial Communication Creator - former Design Tool) supports the developer with the design in. A number of extensions (CiA profiles) are available for CANopen / EtherCAT. The EtherCAT stack is available in version 1.7.0 and passes the conformance test CTT 2.2.10.

The EtherCAT/CANopen ICC (Design) Tool is a tool for the rapid and cost-saving development of EtherCAT/CANopen applications (devices). It administers device databases, from which an object dictionary and an initialization function in C-code, the EtherCAT / CANopen Slave Information (ESI / EDS) file, an Electronic Data Sheet and the documentation are produced automatically. Furthermore, it simplifies the configuration of the EtherCAT/ CANopen Library and of the EtherCAT / CANopen Driver Packages.

CANopen is available for the entire XMC4000 family. In connection with an ET1100 / 1200 (from Beckhoff) or a LAN9252 (from Microchip) the entire XMC 4000 family (except XMC4800 / XMC4700 - these have the EtherCAT controller on board) can be used with the EtherCAT solution from port GmbH too.

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SPI driver and SPI driver development for Renesas Electronics R-IN32M3 (RY9012A0) industrial ethernet module

RENESAS RIN32M3 Multi-Protocol-Module

The Renesas R-IN32M3 (RY9012A0) industrial Ethernet module is a "ready to use" RJ45 module PROFINET - EtherNetIP - EtherCAT solution, which offers a simple interface via SPI to the host controller. The module can be docked to a variety of MCU / CPU platforms, provided they have an SPI.

port industrial automation GmbH already offers a number of different drivers for download. At the customer's request, additional SPI drivers can be offered or created for a wide variety of CPU / MCU platforms.

SPI drivers for STM32F, RENESAS RL78, RENESAS Synergy S and LINUX drivers are currently available. The range of SPI drivers is constantly expanding.

Furthermore, port industrial automation GmbH offers a PRE-CERTIFICATION service for PROFINET, EtherNetIP and EtherCAT to accompany development.

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The Tool ICC (Industrial Communication Creator) by port – industrial automation GmbH supports Renesas’ RJ45 Multi Protocol Module (R-IN32M3 Module w/ Multi-Protocol Support) for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT

ICC - industrial Communication Creator

Renesas offers module solutions for quick and reliable access to Industrial Real-Time Communication. These modules support PROFINET CC-B (incl. MRP), EtherNet/IP (incl. DLR) and EtherCAT. The ICC Engineering Tool supports the customer configurimg the module and establishing the communication.

The RENESAS industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) is a certified hardware- and software solution, to speed up the development and offers a fast and price-effective access to the Industrial Ethernet market. One (1) hardware covers the 3 most important Industrial Ethernet Fieldbus protocols. Based on the technology of Renesas and Renesas' quality standards offer this module certified software of the leading Industrial Ethernet-Protocols PROFINET® + MRP, EtherCAT® and EtherNet/IP ™ +DLR on board. The mechanical dimension is of the same size as a dual port RJ45 block would be. Upon Design-In standard cut-outs and housing can be used, alternatively upon re-designing products this module is mechanically (front cut-out) a drop-in replacement. The built-in PHYs and the simple Footprint enables for an easy design-in. A SPI connection hooks the module up the customer's so called host CPU. Accordingly, existing host CPUs - though not as performant as today's CPUs - can be maintained and used with PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT The up-front investment for protocol stack licenses, implementation effort and certification cost can be significantly reduced. Whether 5 or 500 units per year- RENESAS' industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) offers easy access to the Industrial Real Time Ethernet market. port GmbH offers for the RENESAS Industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) an Engineering Tool "ICC" (industrial Communication Creator) - a unique and uniform tool to configure not only the objects dictionally of the module. Only one tool (uniform) allows to configure the "on board" available protocols PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT. Besides the settings for the Resource Management, the Device Description, the settings of module and slot parameters, the Driver Settings and the Parameters/Assemblies/Connections the tools as well creates the GSDML (PROFINET), EDS (EtherNet/IP), ESI (EtherCAT) Files - this is unique functionality. The tool is available for Linux and Windows. Port's ICC Tool offers beside comfort and ease-of-use another option to accelerate the development. On top this tool allows for a quality improvement as it reduces manual changes in the source code to a minimum. Individual errors by the operator are eliminated. The tool has an extra companion tool running command-line based and can so embedded into automated build systems. A test version is available at about port GmbH port is a leading supplier of industrial real time communication technologies like CANopen and Industrial Ethernet including the PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT POWERLINK, CC-LinkIE TSN, and TSN protocols. port GmbH has been located in Halle/Saale since 1990. port GmbH offers stacks, tools, workshops and integration support as well as custom hardware and software development, including manufacturing of electronic devices and systems.

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port is launching a brand-new Industrial Communication Creator Tool - unifies port´s supported technologies CANopen, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP (DLR), EtherCAT and CC-LinkIE TSN** in one Eclipse based runtime.

port is increasingly focusing its activities on the range of semiconductor-independent real time multiprotocol solution. The stacks, resp. Protocol libraries for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, CANopen, EtherCAT and CC-Link IE TSN have already been combined under the technology roof of the "GOAL middleware". Now port has also combined its extensive range of design tools into an Eclipse-based toolchain - with a new name "Industrial Communication Creator". This unifies the former separate tools into one Tool for all. 

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port GmbH extends its CANopen driver portfolio and supports the "STMicroelectronics STM32H7xx family"

Port GmbH is expanding its CANopen driver portfolio and is now supporting the STMicroelectronics STM32H7xx family. The ARM® Cortex®-M7-based STM32H7 MCU series leverages ST's Non-Volatile-Memory (NVM) technology to reach the industry's highest benchmark scores for Cortex-M-based microcontrollers with up to 1327 DMIPS/ 3224 CoreMark executing from embedded Flash memory.

port´s CANopen driver supports CAN Multiline, so that several CAN channels can be operated simultaneously. 11+ and 29bit IDs are also supported. The Keil ARMCC v5.26 was used as compiler. The Nucleo-H743ZI EVAL Board was used as the development environment Together with the CANopen stacks from port, both the master / slave version or just the slave version can be used.

For easier integration of the CANopen library in connection with the CANopen driver "STMicroelectronics STM32H7xx family", the version of the next Generation Port Design Tool - also called Industrial Communication Creator in the future - is available.

The CANopen Design Tool is a tool for the fast and cost-saving development of CANopen applications (devices). It generates an object dictionary and an initialization function in C code, an electronic data sheet and the documentation of the project with just a few mouse clicks. It is also used to configure the CANopen Library and the CANopen Driver Packages.

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port GmbH extends its CANopen driver portfolio and supports the "STMicroelectronics STM32G4xx family"

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Port GmbH is expanding its CANopen driver portfolio and is now supporting the STMicroelectronics STM32G4xx family. The STM32G4 series combines a 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 core (with FPU and DSP instructions) at 170 MHz in combination with three different hardware accelerators: ART Accelerator ™, CCM-SRAM routine booster and mathematical Accelerators.

port´s CANopen driver supports CAN Multiline, so that several CAN channels can be operated simultaneously. 11+ and 29bit IDs are also supported. The Keil ARMCC v5.26 - μVision5 was used as compiler / IDE. The driver was developed so that it can use the HAL drivers (STM32Cube_FW_G4_V1.1.0) of the STM32CubeG4 firmware package.
Together with the CANopen stacks from port, both the master / slave version or just the slave version can be used.

For easier integration of the CANopen library in connection with the CANopen driver "STMicroelectronics STM32G4xx family", the version of the Next Generation Port Design Tool - also called Industrial Communication Creator in the future - is available.
The CANopen Design Tool is a tool for the fast and cost-saving development of CANopen applications (devices). It generates an object dictionary and an initialization function in C code, an electronic data sheet and the documentation of the project with just a few mouse clicks. It is also used to configure the CANopen Library and the CANopen Driver Packages.

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Software stack and SoM for the development of CC-Link IE TSN products

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Software stack and SoM for the development of CC-Link IE TSN products 

An engineering company that specialises in industrial real-time data communication has developed two alternatives for CC-Link IE TSN products: a software stack (master/slave) reduces in-house development time and costs for the component manufacturer while an embedded system on module (SoM) can directly expand existing platforms. 

Founded in 1990, port industrial automation GmbH based in Halle/Saale is committed to industrial real-time communication in all sectors. More than 500 product and system developers worldwide use MCU middleware, libraries, cores, protocol stacks, drivers, tools and development services from port to successfully place their products on the market. 

Since the beginning of CANopen, the company has primarily relied on multi-protocol solutions, working in collaboration with market drivers from the European and US automation industries. Today, port focuses on the Industrial Ethernet protocols in their many forms and that is why, in June 2018, it joined the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) in order to support its latest Industrial Ethernet technology CC-Link IE TSN which combines gigabit bandwidth and Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN). 

“port mainly serves industrial markets such as factory automation, logistics automation, sensor technology and the process industry and our real-time communication solutions cover the whole communication chain. CC-Link IE TSN provides an interesting technology platform which enables data from sensor to interface ‘IT’ to be displayed safely and represents an important addition to our portfolio”, says Dietmar R. Franke, CEO/CFO of port industrial automation. “We will continue to develop the company by focussing on TSN as we will fully support the whole topic of ‘Time-Sensitive Networking’ with a variety of products.” 

The product range for CC-Link IE TSN currently includes a software stack that contains the tools required to configure, manage and install the new open specification. A decisive advantage of the stack solution is its hardware independence. The stack is ported to the relevant hardware platform in a consistent format and already contains the TSN features that are supported according to IEEE standards. In addition, there are appropriate configuration and management tools. 

Moreover, port has developed a hardware product for CC-Link IE TSN in the form of an embedded system on module (SoM) which can be used as an add-on or expansion board for existing systems. “In other words, customers who are currently using a platform that offers a serial peripheral interface (SPI) can also add CC-Link IE TSN to their platform via this interface”, says Franke. 

While the licensing of port’s CC-Link IE TSN stack is aimed at customers who will then be able to optimise their development effort for larger quantities, the company  also wants the embedded module to offer a CC-Link IE TSN option for companies which produce very small quantities. Franke sees opportunities for the SoM alternative for mechanical engineering in particular: “This fully integrated SoM alternative is particularly suitable for manufacturers who make more specific products such as certain gateways or I/Os with small annual production runs because all the customer has to take care of is the integration of the hardware. However we also offer that as a service for the CC-Link IE TSN system.” 

Photo caption: port has developed a hardware product for CC-Link IE TSN in the form of an embedded system on module (SoM) which can be used as an add-on or expansion board for existing systems. 

Keywords: CLPA, CC-Link Partner Association, port, CC-Link IE TSN, Time-Sensitive Networking, software stack, SoM, embedded system on modules, embedded module, gigabit bandwidth, real-time data communication, TSN,  

Links: CC-Link IE (Master and Slave Stack)

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Note: This technical contribution was created together with the CLPA.

port GmbH changes its name

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The port GmbH changes its name. The "port Gesellschaft für computergestützte Automation mbH" becomes "port industrial automation GmbH"

Since 1990, the company port is active in the area of real-time communication and has earned worldwide a reputation and brand. Port started with CANopen in 1994 and continues to expand its portfolio of protocol stacks and tools for PROFINET, EtherNetIP, EtherCAT, POWERLINK and CC-Link / TSN. In addition to LINUX, a variety of platforms from STMicroelectronics, RENESAS, TI, Infineon, Spansion, Analog Devices, Cypress, Microchip, Freescale, NXP, Marvell and many more are supported. With GOAL, port has released a middleware for multi-protocol solutions, which facilitates the use of real-time communication technologies.
With this strategy since 2011, the turnover of port has more than tripled ...
Dietmar R. Franke CEO of port: "In addition to the business segment of “Stacks and Tools for CANopen, PROFINET, EtherNet / IP, EtherCAT, POWERLINK and CC-LINK / TSN", the business segment "customer-specific developments and OEM solutions " has been very well established. Since 2019, we also have been offering our customers embedded hardware solutions in order to provide low-cost customers with a cost-effective way to "IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions". With this new business, we will at least double sales of port in the next 3 to 5 years. "
Since port's sales are growing faster, especially outside of Germany and since the new business segment "embedded solutions" will significantly boost international growth, the shareholders have decided to internationalize the company name as well.
From now on, port will be known as "port industrial automation GmbH" based in Halle / Saale

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Protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one Package – including Design-Tool Support

Port combines the so far separately offered protocol libraries for PROFINET and EtherNet/IP under GOAL into one package. Both protocols run on top of the middleware GOAL, jointly enabling customers for standard compliant PROFINET and EtherNet/IP communication. Everything is available out-of-the-box and compliant to the latest Conformance Test Software by ODVA and PNO ( Accordingly, the customer's application can support PROFINET or EtherNet/IP out of one project.

The including Design-Tools support the customer setting-up the objects in the libraries and in creating the corresponding EDS Files (EDS and GSDML). The middleware GOAL is the corresponding connector resp. anchor to the specific hardware and provides the real-world hooks to the hardware and to the environment while the protocol libraries implement the communication protocol itself and take comfort in the services, provided by GOAL. While GOAL seems to be rather a complication - in the real world (and mean world) GOAL is the enabler to address and survive reality.

GOAL with PROFINET, EtherNet/IP supports the following targets:

  • Linux: using the eth0 (or any other ethx) and done
  • RZ Family by Renesas: RN/N-1D, RZ/N-1S RZ/N-1L und RZ/T1
    • RZ/N-1D: Dual Core A7 MCU + M3 Subsystem - GOAL runs in the M3 Sub system and the API is being mapped to the Linux Kernel
    • RZ/N-1S: Single Core A7 MCU + M3 Subsystem - GOAL runs in the M3 Sub system the Stack API are being mapped into the A7 Core - running ThreadX
    • RZ/N-1L: M3 MCU - GOAL runs in the M3 Sub system · RZ/T1: R4(F) MCU + M3 Sub system - GOAL runs in the M3 Sub system
  • STMicroelectronics: STM32F4x Series
  • Texas Instruments: Tiva TM4C
  • more on request

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SoM IoT / Industry 4.0 modules for integration into LINUX environments


PORT is expanding its SoM (System on Module) offering for real-time communication applications for use on Linux. The SoM IoT / Industry 4.0 modules offer PROFINET CCB and EtherNetIP on board and can now be easily integrated into LINUX Environments.

The SoM-IoT Real Time Communication Module provides a cost effective and easy to integrate communication solution. The market-leading real-time communication systems such as PROFINET CCB, EtherNetIP (EtherCAT and CANopen on request) are made available in just one module.

An extensive range of tools for management, integration and design drastically reduce development and integration times. With an integrated update service you always stay up to date.

The SoM-IoT Real Time communication module is prepared for use with various Ethernet ports such as RJ45, Mini RJ45 (IP20 applications) as well as M12 or M8 (IP54 applications). So the PHYs and the transformers are already available on board on the SoM. So only the SoM module and the corresponding Ethernet connectors have to be integrated on the host module.

The SPI of the SoM-RIN32M3 module is supposed to connect the module to the external application processor. Due to the independence between the Module Clock and the clock of the external application processor, the serial transmission with the SPI interface in asynchronous mode is performed by 3 module pins.

The application controller as SPI master determines the SPI communication mode. The SPI data format can first be switched between MSB and LSB. The number of bits in each transmission can be changed to any number from 8 to 16 or to 20, 24 or 32 bits. The communication is based on a 128-byte transfer buffer that can transport multiple requests.

The communication is based on a cyclic scheme in which process data can be transmitted cyclically with each request of the application control. Non-real-time communication (RPC) uses the same transport, but processing is decoupled from real-time communication. Thus real-time data can be exchanged independently of function calls of the API.

system requirements

The SoM works with any Linux system that provides an SPI interface as well as an I²C interface via the kernel. Furthermore, high precision timers are needed.


PORT offers a SoM EVAL platform which can be tested together with a Raspberry PI under LINUX. The SoM Module EVAL board has a PMOD / ARDUINO interface and can thus be combined with other EVAL boards.

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PORT and MENLOPARK agree on cooperation in India and Singapore in sales and system integration


port and MENLOPARK agree on far-reaching cooperation for the regions of India and Singapore. In the future MENLPARK will take care of customers in India and Singapore and support customers locally. At the same time, MENLOPARK will provide technical support for PORT products and system integration for local customers.

Dietmar R. Franke (CEO) port GmbH: The interest of companies in India and Singapore in port's real-time technology has greatly increased in recent years. Therefore, we are very happy to be able to close the local gaps in India and Singapore with this partnership. MENLOPARK offers us the appropriate knowledge and the local presence in the locations in India and Singapore.

Krishna Navuluri (COO) MENLOPARK: Expanding our offer in the area of industrial real-time technology is an important strategic step for MENLOPARK. Now we offer our customers in India and Singapore comprehensive knowledge in the field of fieldbus communication (PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, CANopen, POWERLINK). In the future, solutions for TSN and OPC UA applications will follow. With the GOAL technology (middleware), PORT offers a particularly comprehensive and attractive solution for multi-protocol solutions.

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EMTRION and PORT agree on a cooperation


EMTRION and PORT agree on a cooperation in the field of embedded hardware solutions using GOAL technology (multi-protocol solutions)

Halle / KarlsruheThe challenges of Industry 4.0 and IoT require all future industry devices and solutions to become communicable. On one hand, IT requirements are increasingly merging with factory automation, on the other hand, processes and procedures demand "real-time" capable communication possibilities.The realtime communication platform GOAL, developed by PORT, offers scalable multi-protocol solutions such as PROFINET, EthernetIP, EtherCAT, CANopen, PROFIBUS and ModbusTCP.

Extensions like DLR (device-level-ring) are also available, depending on the type of processor.EMTRION will integrate GOAL into its products and offer it optionally.

Ramona Maurer (CEO, EMTRION): „In cooperation with PORT, we are taking a major step towards IoT and Industry 4.0 applications. As GOAL royalties can be supplied optionally for every embedded hardware, the entry barriers for our medium-sized customers are very small.Particularly interesting are the protocols available on an embedded module, such as PROFINET, EthernetIP, EtherCAT, MODBUS TCP and CANopen.

"Dietmar Franke (CEO, PORT): „With GOAL, we offer a cost-effective entry into the world of real time communication technology. So far, high investments and complex third party management was necessary to integrate the main market-leading real-time logs into customer devices. In conjunction with GOAL, EMTRION can now offer a scalable solution. One piece of hardware - many real-time communication solutions.“EMTRION and PORT continue providing a very helpful tool chain (design tools) for simple and efficient configuration of fieldbus systems.

3 different SBCs (single board computers), based on processors (oder controllers?) from ATMEL (SAM), RENESAS RZG and RENESAS RZN1D, will be launched together with GOAL by the end of the year. 

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GOAL – (Generic Open Abstraction Layer), the sophisticated Middle-Ware by Port

GOAL – (Generic Open Abstraction Layer), is a sophisticated Middle-Ware to integrate Real Time Communication in IoT and Industrie 4.0 applications.

Dietmar Franke, CEO port GmbH: „ We see many small- and mid-sized companies not being able to handle the effort and know-how requirement of IoT and Industrie 4.0. We want to enable such companies to access the market and to serve their customers. Our customers keep the focus on their core-competency, our GOAL middleware takes care of the communication.“

The new GOAL middleware offers already without fieldbus functionality many features like Switch-Management, Core to Core communication As well as the 5 most frequently used Communication Protocols like PROFINET,  EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, POWERLINK  and CANopen.

GOAL offers a sophisticated “Network Management” (PHY Management, Ethernet frame sending/receiving, Switch Management with CLI, Interface Management, IP Address Management (if supported by underlying OS and TCP/IP stack), HTTP Server and more.

The integrated “Configuration Management“ offers comfortable options for configuration (Central management of configuration variables, Variables identified by module and id, Callbacks for value validation and when values change, Loading/saving of variables, Variables can be marked as temporary and locked, Customer storage systems can be integrated)

Extensions, such as DLR, IEEE1588, RSTP, 802.x, Profibus DP are available as well.

All options are available for the following MCU platforms by Renesas: RZN, RZT and RIN32M3. 

The scalability of the GOAL middleware enables the use of GOAL with various platforms. GOAL is being supported by useful Design Tools.

The product is being licensed as Product-, Project- or optional Site - License. For certain business cases a Royalty based License model can be defined.


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PORT extends its range of tools in the area of PROFINET


The free of charge "PROFINET Configuration Tool" and the "PROFINET Command Line Tool" are easy to uses tools to support the developer during the development and testing phase of PROFINET capable devices. 

The tools are optimally adapted to the PROFINET stacks of PORT GmbH, but can also be used in other PROFINET networks.

The tools allow to:  

  • scan networks for PROFINET capable devices regardless whether master or slave
  • set information about the scanned devices such as station name, IP address aso.
  • set a new temporary or permanent station name
  • set a new temporary or permanent IP address incl. netmask and gateway
  • read a specific record of a device. The slot and module information can be imported from a GSD file.
  • write a specific record of a device. The slot and module information can be imported from a GSD file.
  • establish a cyclic connection. The slot and module information can be imported from a GSD file

PROFINET Configuration Tool allows the application of above functionality within an easy to use GUI. 

PROFINET Command Line Tool provides the same feature but runs completely on the command line and thus can be embedded in automatic tests and continuous delivery solutions e.g. within build servers.

Both tools support Windows and Linux and require an installed 64Bit Java VM as well as libpcap or WinPCAP respectively.

Avaliable for WIN and LINUX


CANopen Protocol Stack for latest Renesas 32-Bit RX231 MCU Group

Düsseldorf, Halle  - October 22, 2015 - Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and port GmbH today announced the availability of a highly efficient CANopen protocol stack for Renesas' smart 32-bit RX231 MCUs. Renesas ported the widely used and popular CANopen software stack in cooperation with its business partner port GmbH. 

The Renesas RX231 series offers a family of devices with large on-chip SRAM of up to 64 KB and up to 512 kB of on-chip flash, paired with one Controller Area Network (CAN) interface, which is fully compliant with the CAN 2.0B and the ISO11898-1 (standard and extended frames) standards, and is therefore well-suited to industrial and consumer applications requiring CAN interfaces. 

The embedded CAN module on the RX231 includes 20 buffers, 16 of which can be programmed to be shared between receive and transmit functions, creating 2 receive FIFO's and a transmit FIFO. A powerful acceptance filter selects which messages to receive according to 16 receive rules allowing the user a great deal of flexibility in creating incoming message handling strategies. The CAN modules can interact with Renesas' RX CPU by using different interrupts such as reception complete, transmission complete, receive FIFO, transmit FIFO, and error interrupts.

"Amongst the other available industrial communication protocols, CANopen remains a market leader especially in the fields of industrial automation and medical applications where an easy manageable protocol with a small memory footprint for reliable low bandwidth communication is essential," said Bernd Westhoff, Manager of the Global RX Product Marketing team of Renesas Electronics Europe. "The widespread popularity of CANopen in those applications is supported by Renesas' latest 32bit RX231 MCU with embedded CAN interface. These RX MCUs, combined with the well-known CANopen stack supported by port GmbH, provide an excellent foundation for fast and smart development using the powerful embedded CAN interfaces."

The CANopen stack follows the strict and very efficient coding and documentation standards established by port GmbH. These standards result in a very small memory footprint (less than 19 KB Flash / 3 KB RAM) as well as a high execution speed and easily readable code. For easy implementation, port GmbH offers board support packages for the standard Renesas Starter Kits.

Further PORT GmbH offers CANopen training, integration workshops and "be up to date" service maintenance agreements. 

The RX231 MCU Group with embedded CAN comes in 48-pin to 100-pin packages with on-chip flash memory of 128 KB to 512 kB and 32 KB to 64 KB of on-chip SRAM. 

The RX231 MCU Group offers a maximum operating frequency of 54 MHz. As part of the enhanced RXv2 CPU core architecture, the RX231 incorporates an on-chip 32-bit multiplier, single-precision floating-point unit (FPU) and a 32-bit enhanced barrel shifter for dramatically improved operation processing performance. 

CANopen Source Code Library

The CANopen source code library Master/Slave contains the services of the CANopen CiA-301 V4.2 and CiA-302 standard including LSS. The library has been fully ANSI-C coded, and hardware specific interfaces have been placed in separate driver packages (also available in ANSI-C source code). This facilitates adaptation to different systems. The scope of delivery for the CANopen Source Code Library includes one driver package for one CPU and one CAN controller. Further information is available at:

CANopen Design Tool

The CANopen Design Tool enables the rapid and cost-effective development of CANopen applications (devices). It automatically generates an object dictionary and an initialization function in C-code, an Electronic Data Sheet and the documentation of the project. Furthermore, it simplifies the configuration of the CANopen Library and of the CANopen Driver Packages. An evaluation version is available free of charge at:

The CANopen stack and the CANopen Design Tool (CDT) are available now. Further information is available from Renesas Electronics Europe sales offices or from port GmbH.  

About port GmbH

port is one of the leading providers of industrial communication technologies with emphasis on CAN/CANopen. Since 1990 port has been situated in Halle (Saale) Germany and for five years port has successfully established a position in the area of Industrie 4.0 - industrial Ethernet technology (PROFINET, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP). Apart from stacks, tools, trainings and integration support port offers customer specific hard- and software development, including the manufacturing of electronic devices and systems.



About Renesas Electronics Europe

Renesas Electronics Europe, with its business operations centre located in Dusseldorf, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723). As the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, Renesas supports customers get their products to market quicker by providing complete solutions that integrate microcontrollers and microprocessors, SoC, ASIC, Analog & Power devices and software. Renesas was established in 2010 and is headquartered in Japan. With over 800 hardware and software alliance partners worldwide it has the industry's largest local support network.

Renesas Electronics' European structure is comprised of two business groups - automotive and industrial - as well as the global ADAS solution group and the engineering group. The engineering group consists of the European Design Centre, the European Quality Centre and the European Technology Centre, which design leading-edge products specifically for the European as well as the global market and provide technical support to local customers.

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25th Anniversary of PORT GmbH in Halle

25th Anniversary of PORT GmbH in Halle

The name PORT GmbH is connected with rugged and reliable Industrial Communication – since 25 years now. Regardless of the age – PORT is an innovative, technology driven company.

PORT is developing Fieldbus Technology since 1990. Being among the earliest adopters of CANopen Fieldbus Technology (driven by the CiA, CAN in Automation) – PORT can claim to have significantly contributed to the success of CANopen. PORT is today among the leading suppliers for CAN open Protocol Libraries and corresponding Tools. Our customer base is the best reference, although we cannot say for sure how many devices are using our stack; however: We know it’s MANY.

We stick to our philosophy for 25 years now – Protocol Libraries and Tools are independent from the platform (MCU, CPU) and are offered in different product ranges. A platform specific driver is the interface.

Performance and price of a MCU or CPU are these days not the show-stopper anymore. Our customer decides according to his application and prevents dependencies. PORT supports around 100 platforms – from us arise no dependencies!

In 2009 significant changes happened: The founders Heinz-Juergen Oertel and Hartmut Tietz sold the company’s shares to Marcus Tangermann and Christian Bornschein. New technologies came on board, new markets are being served – PORT evolved. The new owner added new business segments: Protocol Libraries and Tools for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT and POWERLINK while maintaining CANopen. The company grew in short time to employ 20 Engineers. Beside Software Development Service – Hardware Development Services are provided as well.

The new Industrial Ethernet Multi-Protocol solutions by PORT are today a significant business segment of PORT. The investment in the new technologies and the activities to penetrate the market paid off. Industrial Ethernet changes the market requirements and influences applications.

Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrie 4.0 are changing the market for Industrial Automation, drive the Technology further and demand new business model – PORT is prepared. PORT is a popular and reliable Technology Partner – for the Semi-Conductor manufacturers AND for the Device Manufacturers.

Adding another Business Segment to the Protocol Libraries and Tools – PORT is rendering Software and Hardware Engineering Services and is available to run complete OEM developments.

PORT: Know-How, Innovation and Future-Proof Thinking – since 25 years.

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PHYTEC (Mainz) and port (Halle) expand their embedded systems portfolios with an integrated industrial communication technology offering supporting the PROFINET and EtherNet/IP..

PHYTEC (Mainz) and port (Halle) expand their embedded systems portfolios with an integrated industrial communication technology offering supporting the PROFINET and EtherNet/IP protocol standards.

PHYTEC and port will introduce at the SPS/IPC an embedded board solution with integrated PROFINET and EtherNet/IP industrial Ethernet support. The phyBOARD-Wega Single Board Computer (SBC), populated with the Texas Instruments AM335x processor, is the first PHYTEC board to features PROFINET CC-A/CC-B in RT1 and EtherNet/IP. Wega also offers Gigabit (Gbit) simple line structure when using the on-chip Ethernet switch on the AM335x.

System developers will save considerable time, effort and costg by using an off-shelf PHYTEC board with integrate PROFINET CCA/CCB-RT1 and EtherNet/IP. Licensing is also included in the hardware purchase price. Embedded communication technology and protocol libraries are especially applicable for product development companies offering High Mix, Low Volume (HMLV) solutions.  The PHYTEC and port offering is attractive even in annual volumes as low as 100 to 500 units, and also provides easy access to Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 solutions for mid-sized ODMs.
As of Q2/2015 PHYTEC will offer the phyBOARD-Wega in an off-shelf PROFINET (PN) as well as an EtherNet/IP (EIP) option. Customers can select from both protocols via a single software switch.

PHYTEC will also integrate PROFIT and EtherNet/IP circuitries and functionalities in its customizable SBCplus Single Board Computer offering as of Q1/2015 as re-usable building blocks.  This will make these networking features available to customers as options across all platforms.
PHYTEC’s phyCORE-AM335x SOM is the CPU core at the heart of the phyBOARD-Wega. AM335x with Linux offers an ideal solution for combining Linux networking functionalities and industrial requirements.

port’s PROFINET protocol stack offers PROFINET device/slave functionality including drivers and tools for standard Linux systems. When using the standard Linux High Precision Timer, real-time patches for the kernel can recycle times up to 1ms.
The PROFINET control stack also supports dynamic configuration, including removal and insertion of modules in slots, as well as class CC-A and CC-B real-time Class 1 conformance.  This conformance is also known as PROFINET RT.

The PROFINET stack also offers simple line structure. While an external component is needed, the on-chip Ethernet switch of the AM335x eliminates this need for external components in support of Gbit line structure. Developers thus benefit from reduced system costs and size, as well as increased reliability.
The combination of Linux support, an industrial PROFINET network and Gbit line structure in a single device provides an added value. Standard Linux includes the use of Linux tools.

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Multi-Protocol Solutions for the Renesas RX64M 32-Bit Microcontroller Group

Renesas Electronics Europe and port GmbH Launch PROFINET, Ethernet/IP and CANopen Multi-Protocol Solutions for the Renesas RX64M 32-Bit Microcontroller Group

 Düsseldorf / Halle a.d. Saale,  13 October 2014 – Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, and its Alliance Partner port GmbH today announced efficient multi-protocol connectivity solutions for PROFINET (CCA / CCB RT1), Ethernet/IP and CANopen stacks, as well as the associated design tools for the RX64M. The RX64M is Renesas’ 32-bit high-performance microcontroller group. Working with its Alliance Partner port GmbH, Renesas has ported the widely adopted PROFINET, Ethernet/IP and CANopen software stack to its latest RX controller. 

The RX64M provides a universal platform for implementing leading field bus and communication technologies. It offers generous RAM of up to 512 KB, up to 4 MB of embedded flash, up to three controller area network (CAN) interface channels and two integrated Ethernet MACs. The new multi-protocol solution now expands the stacks available for the RX64M group with the addition of CANopen, PROFINET (CCA/CCB RT1) and Ethernet/IP. Solutions for EtherCAT and POWERLINK are also available as an on-demand option. The solution ensures that the Renesas RX64M product group is tailored to applications in the manufacturing, automation and process industries. The multi-protocol approach enables the RX64M group to cover all the major global communication technologies. 

The new RX64M group comprises 112 products that all include high-speed flash memory clocked at 120 MHz. They are based on the new RXv2 CPU core, which is a trendsetter in its class with its 4.25 CoreMark/MHz performance. Along with its high level of real-time processing power, the RX64M also includes up to 4 MB flash and 512 KB RAM, which are required for today’s industrial electronic and network devices. Using these new MCUs, system developers can now quickly develop extremely powerful industrial applications with low power consumption and a wide range of communication functions. 

“The evolution and connectivity of industrial equipment in manufacturing and building automation have prompted significant growth in products that include comprehensive communications technologies,” explains Bernd Westhoff, RX Product Manager at Renesas Electronics Europe. “Our RX64M products are a response to this trend, as well as to the need for a large memory capacity to support Ethernet, CAN, USB and many other communications functions. Together with our Alliance Partner, port GmbH, we can provide customers with the necessary software stacks for CANopen, PROFINET and Ethernet/IP implementations, as well as the peace of mind of professional support.” 

The 32-bit RX64M MCU components have a maximum clock speed of 120 MHz. Combined with the extended CPU core architecture, they produce total computing power of over 240 DMIPS when executing code from integrated zero-wait state flash memory. The MCUs also provide significantly better processing performance for computing operations, due to their integrated 32-bit multiplier, a single-precision floating-point unit (FPU), and an extended 32-bit barrel shifter. 

The stacks and drivers provided by port GmbH meet stringent and highly efficient coding and documentation standards, which were developed by port itself. These standards ensure that CANopen only needs a very small amount of memory while enabling high execution speeds and easy-to-read code. The company also offers active support for device certification (PNO, EPSG, CiA etc.). Customers can ensure they always receive stack and driver versions that comply with the most recent standards.

Design tools from port

The design tools from port GmbH – CANopen, EtherCAT, PROFINET, and POWERLINK – help engineers develop their applications quickly and cost-effectively. They automatically generate an object dictionary and an initialisation function in C code, an electronic datasheet, and project documentation. In addition, the tools also simplify the configuration of the libraries and the driver packages. A trial version can be downloaded free of charge at

The stacks and drivers for PROFINET, CANopen, and Ethernet/IP are available with immediate effect. Solutions for POWERLINK and EtherCAT are also available as an on-demand option. Further information is available from Renesas Electronics Europe sales offices and from port GmbH. 

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port GmbH strengthens its sales and support in South Africa

port GmbH strengthens its sales and support in South Africa – "Cooperation with Harmony Electronics Pty Ltd

Through the cooperation with " Harmony Electronics Pty Ltd
" expands the "port GMBH" its presence in South Africa. "Due to the rising demand from South Africa, we were forced to take a strong partner for the sales support / advice and after sales - service to search," said Dietmar R. Franke, CEO of the Port GmbH

"With Harmony Electronics Pty Ltd , we have found it. As early as last year, the cooperation has started successfully, so we can now expand. For our Stack's, tools and drivers in industrial communication technology (CANopen, PROFINET, POWERLINK, EtherCAT, Ethernet I / P and IP cores), there is now a first-level service, which is especially important for our technology partners such as Texas Instruments, Renesas, STM, ALTERA or XILINX is. With this cooperation, we have taken the first important step towards "face by the customer" in Asia "- says Dietmar R. Franke (CEO of the Port GmbH)

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Port´s CANopen Stack Version 4.5. now available

Port´s CANopen Stack Version 4.5. now available – more power – more functionality – more “inclusive” module – prepared for CANFD

Port GmbH germany  has revised the successful version 4.4 thoroughly. More power, more functionality - that describes the new CANopen Library 4.5 and the CANopen Design Tool 2.3 best.  Whether new included modules, more supported platforms or faster program development. The CANopen extension module CiA 305 (Layer Setting Services) is now included in the library. In addition, the storing of the object directory by many new functions was simplified. This means shorter development time and faster time -to-market. Various modules have been extended and adapted to the current versions of the CiA standards. This applies in particular to the standards CiA-304 (Safety), CiA-301 V4.2 and CiA-307 (Flying Master and redundancy). With port GmbH libraries so you always meet the current standard.MISRA C is the coding standard in the embedded world. With version 4.5, the MISRA C 2004 compatibility of the library has been further improved.The CANopen Library 4.5 has been consistently optimized for processing speed down. In particular, the work with the object directory has been made even easier.The CANopen Library 4.5 supports (as well as with the previous version 4.4) over 100 different microcontroller/CAN controller and CAN platforms. Thus almost all relevant and actual microcontroller platforms are supported. Customers have now the freedom to choose your platform - software is no longer the limiting factor.

CANopen Design Tool  2.3.1

a successful and valuable tool for development of CANopen applications (devices). The version 4.5 of the new CANopen Library is fully supported. The object dictionary as source code can be generated along with the device EDS file using prepared Device Profiles. Standard CiA-301 and CiA-302 network communication profiles are included.


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New distribution agreement between port GmbH (Germany) and Sigthsys Ltd. (Israel)

"…Utilization of Real-time communication protocols in various market segments such as Industrial control, Automation, Robotics, Engine control and others, has driven throughout the years the necessity to set some industry standards in order to achieve compatibility, high reliability and maximum performances, such as CANopen, EtherCAT, Eternet-Powerlink, Profinet and others.

Sightsys Ltd (Israel)  develop  recently a specific knowledge-center and products portfolio in order to offer its customers a complete solution of various stacks, libraries, tools and services. We are proud to add Port GmbH (Germany)  as our leading company for the various real-time protocols, libraries and tools. Port GmbH, is a leading company from Germany in the area of real-time industrial fieldbus   protocols and industrial ethernet solutions. 

Port GmbH is a perfect fit to our plans as it will be a part of our complete services and solutions to those new markets we are looking to expand. The Israeli market is expending even beyond the traditional market segments..."

Zvika Almog, Sightsys Ltd. general manager.

"…We see many people who are not coming from the typical traditional CANopen, EtherCAT-like oriented industry segments, so we believe that demand for PORT's products will grow…"

Dietmar R. Franke CEO at port GmbH 

“ Sightsys is the right partner for us. Now we have a partner with experience in the area of ​​field bus systems and industrial ethernet technology in Israel. We can clearly improve the local support and our customers in Israel have a local contact.


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port GmbH provides full range CANopen support for STM32 F0 Entry-level Cortex™-M0 MCUs

port GmbH provides full range CANopen support for STM32 F0 Entry-level Cortex™-M0 MCUs

port GmbH extends the CANopen support for STMicro‘s STM32F0 Entry level Cortex™-M0 MCUs and provides connectivity for the entire STM32F family with Tools as well as with CANopen technolgy with drivers.

The "STM32 F0 Entry Level-Cortex ™-M0-MCU“ offers 32Bit power for very costs sensitive applications. The STM32F0 MCUs combine Real-Time performance, Low-Power operation and an advanced architecture. 

The CANopen Library by port GmbH is based on the communication profils CiA 301 V4.2 by CiA e.V. "CANopen Application Layer and Communication Profile" resp. EN50325-4 and provides all corresponding services. The Library is created completely in ANSI-C and can be used with all regular ANSI-C compilers.

The CANopen Library is provided in different versions. For creating small sensors and actuators with limited CANopen functionality the low cost Slave Small version of the CANopen library is available. Only the amount of available services is limited and services like SYNC and TIME are not supported. The Slave-version of the CANopen Library privides all services for creating Slave-devices, operating the full range of CANopen slaves. 
Network management as well as Node management fuctions are supported by the Master/Slave-version, which also provides full the range of the Slave-version.

The support for the  STM32F0 is untended for Single-Line functionality, which is available in  BasicCAN- as well as in FullCAN-MODE. 

Port GmbH provides for the product lines STM32F0xx / STM32F1xx / STM32F2xx and STM32F4xx the complete range of CANopen support. Single-Line as well as Multi-Line functionalityin BasiCAN- Mode or in FullCAN-MODE are available . PROFINET and EtherNet/IP on STM32F2xx and STM32F4xx models are available by port as well.

The CANopen Library is supported by the CDT (CANopen Design Tool). The engineer can use a tool which reduces the development effort and the integration time significantly.

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port GmbH strengthens its sales and support in Asia – Cooperation with Accelerated Technology Korea started"

Halle Juli 2013 :: Due to the cooperation with "Accelerated Technology Korea", the port GmbH expands its presence in Korea (Asia). "Due to the rising demand from Asia, we were forced to search for a strong partner for the sales support /advice and after sales service," said Dietmar R. Franke, CEO of the port GmbH

"With Accelerated Technology Korea, we have found the right partner. Already started last year, the cooperation is very successful, so we can now expand. For our stacks, tools and drivers of the industrial communication technology (CANopen, PROFINET, POWERLINK, EtherCAT, Ethernet I / P and IP cores), there is now a first-level service, which is especially important for our technology partners such as Texas Instruments, Renesas, STM, ALTERA or XILINX. With this cooperation, we have taken the first important step towards "One Face to Customer" in Asia "- says Dietmar R. Franke (CEO of the port GmbH)

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port extends the stack portfolio for the Sitara AM335x family

port extends the industrial communication stack portfolio for the Sitara AM335x Cortex-A8 family from Texas Instruments for CANopen, POWERLINK and EtherCAT 

Drivers for CANopen, POWERLINK and EtherCAT are now available for the Sitara ™ ARM ® Cortex ™-A8 AM335x microprocessors from Texas Instruments. The drivers are based on industrial communication stacks and tools provided by port.

Using the Sitara AM335x together with port´s stacks & tools, a wide range of different applications for global markets can be realized today and have the option to be upgraded to new technologies at a later date.

"We are delighted to be working with port," says Elizabete de Freitas, EMEA Marketing Manager Industrial Solutions at TI. "Combining port’s expertise in the field of real-time communication standards and the portfolio of highly integrated processors from TI, means a complete system solution for customers of the industrial automation market. "

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port GmbH offers for ST’s MCUs STM32F1xx / STM32F2xx and STM32F4xx complete CANopen Support

 The CANopen Library by port GmbH operates based on the communication profile CiA 301 V4.2 of the CiA e.V. " CANopen Application Layer and Communication Profile" resp. EN50325-4 and offers the corresponding services. The Library is created completely in ANSI-C and can be used with any ANSI-C comptible compiler.

The CANopen Library now supports  STM32F1xx / STM32F2xx and STM32F4xx completely. The driver for Single- and Multiline-functionality are available as well as for BASIC-  and FULL CAN MODE.

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Renesas Electronics Europe and port GmbH Announce Free Software Packages for RX MCU Designs

Halle / Dusseldorf, May 13, 2013Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has teamed up with its software alliance partner port GmbH to offer an innovative software support programme to European customers. Customers who are planning to use the 32-bit RX MCU microcontroller family in their designs can qualify for a free-of-charge commercial software package from port GmbH up to the value of 20,000 euros. This innovation support programme adds maximum value to the RX MCU range, providing qualifying customers with free development boards and free market-leading software. 

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Technology partner for POWERLINK-Solutions

POWERLINK provides unique features to the user and can be adapted into embedded systems. The layer 2 infrastructure components and access mechanisms use Ethernet at it’s...

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Port and Heyfra join forces

Sales Directors Heike Neumann (HEYFRA) and Christian Bornschein (port) announce the collaboration of the companies.

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Port is first Certified Engineering Partner (CEP) of Hirschmann/Belden

Hirschmann / Belden and port agree cooperation in the area of embedded communication by using the Switching and routing technology of Hirschman/Belden.

Users and suppliers for industrial automation will be able to use technologies of the market leader Hirschmann for their devices and systems. This offers significant benefits for users on the field level as also the for the end customer. ...

port GmbH and Renesas Electronics Europe Announce Availability of CANopen Protocol Stack for Renesas' 32-Bit RX600 Microcontroller Series

Dusseldorf, July 2, 2012 – Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and port GmbH today announced the availability...

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