ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION
Renesas Electronics Corporation | June 09, 2022
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, unveiled the RZ/T2M motor control microprocessor units (MPUs) with the highest performance for applications such as AC servo drives and industrial robots. On a single chip, the RZ/T2M combines rapid and highly precise realtime motor control with the newest industrial Ethernet, as well as functional safety operation. Customers can reduce the number of external components in their BOMs and product sizes by using the RZ/T2M, which provides all important peripheral functions for motor control.
The RZ/T2M is made up of two Arm® Cortex®-R52 cores that operate at a maximum frequency of 800 MHz. The peripheral functions required for motor control are connected to a dedicated bus that is directly connected to the CPU, allowing the CPU to access these operations with minimal delay. Furthermore, the huge memory capacity (576 KB) is firmly associated with the CPU, eliminating the variance in execution time that can occur when cache memory is used and ensuring deterministic, rapid processing. These features enable the RZ/T2M to provide fast and precise control for high-performance applications such AC servos, inverters, and industrial robots.
Renesas has added support for the PROFINET IRT protocol to the RZ/T2M, in addition to important industrial networking protocols such as EtherCAT, PROFINET RT, and EtherNet/IP. The new MPU also has an Ethernet switch that supports the next-generation Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) standard, which allows numerous devices to run in perfect synchrony.
In most cases, adding two external MCUs for safety monitoring increases BOM costs when developing industrial equipment that meets functional safety criteria. Because the RZ/T2M has a hardware configuration that is optimized for functional safety, just one external MCU is required to implement functional safety. In addition to motor control and network connection, the RZ/T2M may execute functional safety operations.
Renesas also plans to release functional safety solutions later this year, including a SIL3-certified software kit combination that includes a self-test software kit that allows the RZ/T2M to self-diagnose failures and a SIL3 system software kit for mutual diagnosis and software isolation functionality. The new RZ/T2M processors will be supported by IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm Functional Safety Edition, an integrated development environment approved for functional safety-related development and a necessary tool for implementing the above software.
Functional safety continues to be an important requirement for many of our customers. Companies choosing the new Renesas’ RZ/T2M in their next design can be sure that IAR Systems will support them with certified development tools and professional technical support globally, substantially reducing both design time and project cost.”
Anders Holmberg, CTO at IAR Systems
Voormi | June 02, 2022
The next horizon in the future of CORE CONSTRUCTION® Technology has been announced by VOORMI®, the world's most innovative technical apparel manufacturer. The company's affiliate technology supplier (SWNR Technologies) is now delivering its first view into the future of textiles with improved functional cores, following a multi-year investment in advanced machinery.
When we launched the first generation of CORE CONSTRUCTION® Technology, there was so much excitement and speculation about where the technology could go. From Outside Magazine's vision for membranes in everything we wear, to Wired magazine deeming it thebiggest advancement in outerwear in the last 40 years, the opportunities out there felt boundless. What followed was a multi-year development project aimed at realizing the full potential ofcore-knitted textiles."
Timm Smith, CTO at VOORMI
While the first CORE CONSTRUCTION® products were made to improve the performance and weather protection of fleece and other thermal layers, Smith says the long-term goal has always been to make it possible to use even more complex functional substrates in the wider knitwear market and to look into the vast world of opportunities outside of clothing.
"From the beginning, fine-gauge knits, technical yarns, and the insertion of advanced substrates have all been key areas of focus for us," said Smith. "As is the case with most new 'methods of make' – it ultimately came down to equipment limitations. This Gen2 machinery truly opens up the world for us in terms of capability. With brand new patterning and multi-core insertion capabilities, there's no reason why every yard of knitted fabric in the world shouldn't contain a multi-functional core."
A lot of new VOORMI products are coming out this year, and the company has also started a number of pilot projects outside of the clothing industry. These projects aim to improve the functionality of things like automotive applications and e-textiles.
L&T Technology Services | June 27, 2022
L&T Technology Services Limited (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS), a leading global pure-play engineering services company, today announced that it has been positioned as a ‘Leader’ in all 5 quadrants for the North America market in the 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Digital Engineering Services report.
ISG recognized LTTS’ leadership competencies across Design and Development (Products Services, Experience), Connected and Intelligent Operations - Discrete Industries, Connected and Intelligent Operations - Process Industries. LTTS has also been rated as a ‘Leader’ in Integrated Customer/User Engagement & Experience and Platforms & Application Services in North America.
LTTS has been recognized for its emerging engineering frameworks, connected operations in discrete industries and transformation journeys across multiple verticals. LTTS’ range of Machine Learning (ML), IoT and digital service offerings is further augmented by an engineering design talent pool with capabilities in digital technologies to deliver world-class products and services, ISG noted.
“Over the years, LTTS has become the preferred ER&D Services partner for major global organizations, supporting such enterprises with best-in-class digital engineering services. LTTS brings with it a perfect alignment of digital competencies, deep engineering expertise, end-to-end view of digital value chains and products and services across all phases of the utility curves and lifecycles. LTTS’ proficiency in engineering services is not only confined to the technical aspects but is also amply demonstrated in its culture of innovation, patent portfolio and expertise in hardware architecture.”
-Mr. Jan Erik Aase, Partner & Global Head – ISG Provider Lens, ISG Research.
“LTTS has successfully helped clients transform the value proposition of their product and services by architecting and executing future-ready digital product and platform roadmaps through user-centered services. We have been investing in digital and leading-edge technologies and providing a wide range of services from chip to cloud as more of our customers are embarking on the journey to digital transformation, both in products as well as the shop floor. This strategy has helped us become the partner of choice to over 300 global customers. This recognition by ISG is an endorsement of our business value and impact.”
-Mr. Abhishek Sinha, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, L&T Technology Services.
About L&T Technology Services Ltd-
L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) is a listed subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited focused on Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services. We offer consultancy, design, development and testing services across the product and process development life cycle. Our customer base includes 69 Fortune 500 companies and 57 of the world’s top ER&D companies, across industrial products, medical devices, transportation, telecom & hi-tech, and the process industries. Headquartered in India, we have over 20,800 employees spread across 17 global design centres, 28 global sales offices and 89 innovation labs as of March 31, 2022.