TSN Starterkit helps users gain entry to real-time computing

15 November 2020

Kontron has launched a new version of its TSN Starterkit. The FPGA software upgrade for the PCIe card in the TSN Starterkit or in existing SoftPLCs, Box PCs, gateways and industrial servers now enables IEEE 802.1Qbu and 802.1CB functionality.

With the new Starterkit, TSN environments can be set up quickly and securely and devices can be easily integrated. A PCIe card with optimised DMA host interface and 8 DMA channels controls the alignment of TSN priorities to minimise latency and jitter. 

The new IEEE 802.1Qbu standard makes it possible to prefer packets that require hard real-time (pre-emption). 802.1CB functionality provides redundant frame transfer for fail-safe connections. Two different FPGA versions support shape-based or time-gate based prioritisation. 

Kontron offers functional compliance tests to ensure compliance. An open62541-based demo application ‘OPC-UA over TSN’ helps to establish data transfers. With the development tool under Linux 5.4 with real-time extensions, as well as source code and documentation, applications can be quickly developed. 

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